Remember a little landmark album called Unquestionable Presence? If you are familiar with Atheist, you should. As of now, you can check out rare footage of the last-ever live performance of the classic Atheist line-up, and the last show bassist Roger Patterson ever played. It was filmed at The Waters Club in San Pedro, CA on the Candlemass/Atheist U.S. tour in February 1991. This footage is included on the DVD portion of the newly-announced CD/DVD deluxe reissue of Atheist's classic album Unquestionable Presence, coming July 24th via Season Of Mist.
You will do well to remember that Atheist released their last album Jupiter in 2010 after many years of silence. Now the technical death metal pioneers are at it once again and prepare to record their fifth studio album during 2014 for a release slated in 2015. This album will mark the return of bassist Tony Choy. Who is excited to hear new material from Atheist?
Many of you might have already heard of God Of Atheists, the new extreme-metal project of Asgeir Mickelson (ex-Borknagar, Spiral Architect, Scariot). Well, the whole line-up for the God Of Atheists project has now been revealed. Bassist Lars K. Norberg (Spiral Architect) and singer Vibeke Stene (ex-Tristania) are the latest additions to the fold, joining the talented line-up which already consists of ICS Vortex on vocals, Ihsahn on keyboards, Trym on drums, Carl A. Tidemann on guitar solos and Sareeta on violin. You can expect the debut album from God Of Atheists to be released in 2014 — the band is currently shopping for a deal with a label.
The Death To All Tour, a tour hosted by Sweet Relief in memory of Chuck Schuldiner, has recently confirmed technical death metal acts Gorguts and Atheist as the openers of the shows. Gorguts will be appearing on the first four dates of the tour, while Atheist will perform on the remaining three.
US metallers Atheist will embark on a headlining tour of Europe in April 2011. Support act will come from US metallers Exhumed.
Frontman Kelly Shaefer commented: "Greetings everyone, thank you all for the overwhelming support of our new album Jupiter, we are humbled by all of the nice things being said about the new stuff and cannot wait to bring it to the stage. So now it's time to come pull some faces off in Europe on our first headlining run in support of the new album! And we are stoked to share the tour with the boys from Exhumed. We are able to play a few places we have never been before so we are all very excited about that, as well as the fact that we of course have some fun new shit to play live - the songs from Jupiter along with songs from all three prior albums. See you all on tour in 2011!"
Atheist's fourth album Jupiter will be out on November 8th (one day later in the US). This magnum opus will be available as limited Digipak edition, vinyl LP with download card and poster, and jewel case CD. You can now download the album's opening track, "Second to Sun", for free by clicking here (.mp3)
Atheist are gradually revealing more and more details about the new album Jupiter, the band's first studio release in 17 years. The album is tentatively due in November, under the heading of Season Of Mist, with a world tour to follow. Album recordings took place in July at LedBelly recording studios in Atlanta, GA with Matt Washburn. Jason Suecof (Chimaira, Trivium) was responsible for the mixing.
As reported last week, the bass tracks were not recorded by Tony Choy but by guitarist Jonathan Thompson, who is also the bassist in Gnostic.
Before entering the studio, vocalist Kelly Shaeferstated: "It's ferocious, intelligent, and dead balls heavy as shit! When people hear this they're going to say, 'It's Atheist!'". More reactions of the band can be found on this page.
Forefathers of progressive extreme metal Atheist parted ways with bassist Tony Choy (ex-Cynic, ex-Pestilence, C-187). Freshly done with the recording sessions of long-awaited fourth studio album Jupiter, Kelly Shaefer and Steven Flynn wrote the following statement on behalf of the band:
"First we would like to extend sincere apologies to all Atheist fans around the world. We have been silent on the matter of a former member being dismissed for some time, but we were entirely focussed on recording our new album Jupiter. Therefore, we did not want to get sidetracked on an issue, which, quite honestly, was far less important to us than it might appear to some looking in from the outside.
Finally the title of Atheist's forthcoming reunion album has been announced. The fourth creation by the Technical Death Metal legends will be entitled Jupiter and is being recorded now at LedBelly recording studios in Atlanta, GA with Matt Washburn. The album is planned to be released in November of this year, with a world tour to follow. As stated earlier the album will be mixed by Jason Suecof (Chimaira, Trivium).
Kelly Schaefer, vocalist/guitarist of Atheist - who are in the middle of recording a new studio album - has issued the following update:
"After a year's worth of shredding and writing non-stop Atheist metal, in the last 10 weeks I wrote a bunch of tunes that are very far from metal. They are just sketches with friends, but for those with an open mind, I welcome you to check them out and your feedback is welcome. They are just demos, and mostly acoustic, don't bitch at me about it, haha.
I have plenty of metal for you all when this Atheist record hits, and recording starts July 5th, but for now something different. A calm before the storm perhaps.
Kelly Shaefer & Friends is the new site where I will post all of these new collabs with piano players, sax and cello players and all my friends who enjoy writing music of many different colors. I do plan on making an albums worth of material in 2012 that will be a "Kelly" record, and it will be all over the place style-wise."
After 17 years, the wait is finally over... Atheist are set to enter LedBelly recording studios in Atlanta, GA on July 5th to lay the tracks down on their long-awaited, yet untitled, fourth studio album. Engineering the recording session will be Matt Washburn. Additionally, the band have secured the services of one of metal's most significant talents of the past decade, Jason Suecof (Trivium, Chimaira, Devildriver and many others), to handle the mixing of what promises to be a modern classic from the pioneers of technical metal.
"I can't believe we are about to record this album finally", vocalist Kelly Shaefer states. "We have been working our asses off for a year, and have taken great strides to make this the record we, as fans, would want to hear from Atheist. It's ferocious, intelligent, and dead balls heavy as shit! When people hear this they're going to say, 'It's Atheist!'"
Atheist are currently streaming "Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken" in its entirety over at this location.
"Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken" is the complete live set from the band's 2006 reunion gig at Wacken Open Air Festival recorded in front of 60,000 fans.
"Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken" comes as a two-disc set with the second CD containing a collection of essential Atheist tracks as hand-picked by the band. The two are packaged together complete with a 24-page booklet that contains photos and extensive liner notes from the band detailing the Wacken experience and why they chose the selected tracks. Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken was released in July through Relapse Records.
Season Of Mist is immensely proud to announce that Atheist and Gnostic just inked a deal with their label! After Cynic, that's two more technical US death metal legends they are welcoming to their roster.
Here's drummer Steve Flynn's comment:
"We're absolutely thrilled that, as of today, both Gnostic and Atheist are officially signed to Season Of Mist! Gnostic's debut CD "Engineering The Rule" will be released before the summer and Atheist's yet untitled CD, will be released later in the year. Season really stepped up to the plate to get this done, for this is also a highly unique situation for technical death metal. Three members of Gnostic are also in Atheist. With me on drums for both bands, Chris Baker on lead guitar for both and Jonathan Thompson on bass for Gnostic and guitar for Atheist, these signings represent very significant personal milestones for everybody involved. For me, the Gnostic debut CD is the first, and ONLY, new project I've been involved with since Atheist's "Unquestionable Presence" in 1992. For Kelly Shaefer and me it is the first time that we will collaborate on new Atheist material, also since 1992's "Unquestionable Presence". We'll be bringing in our old friend and Atheist bassist Tony Choy for writing and touring as well. Signing both bands is also a unique coup for Season Of Mist and indicative of their cutting-edge attitude. Both bands will be touring together in 2009 in the US and Europe, which means that we will be pulling double duty every night!"
Atheist has been writing new material as of late, notable because the group hasn't released a studio album since 1993. Here's a statement from frontman Kelly Shaefer:
"You asked for it, the first new Atheist material in 15 years has risen to the surface and it was truly amazing, much better than we could have expected! We ended up with a bit over 3 minutes of truly Atheist, brutal, fast as hell, technical metal madness!
...we also intend on celebrating the 20th anniversary of Piece Of Time release with a bunch of shows in 2009 in Europe and the USA live DVD and now a brand new set of Atheist's metal puzzles for your confusing enjoyment of course. We will keep you posted on all of the details as they happen. Hold on to your brains fuckers!"
Technical metal pioneers Atheist have announced their last-ever U.S. performances. This weekend the band will hit the stage for the last time in their native Florida with headlining shows in Tampa and Miami (at Brass Mug and Club Flower respectively). Following, Atheist will perform at a handful of European festivals before a final show in New York City. A listing of Atheist live appearances can be found below with more info on the band's final show to be announced soon.
Last January, Atheist guitarist/vocalist Kelly Schaefer reassembled much of what was widely considered the band's classic recording line-up (Schaefer, bassist Tony Choy, and drummer Steven Flynn) to perform a select number of one-off shows to celebrate the re-issue of their wildly-influential catalog (1988's 'Piece of Time', 1993's 'Elements', and the 1991's legendary 'Unquestionable Presence'). Among those shows were performances at such legendary festivals such as Germany's Wacken Open Air, Norway's Hole In The Sky Fest, Italy's Evolution Fest, England's Bloodstock Open Air, and the Los Angeles' Murderfest.