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Atheist - Sign With Agonia Records

American, legendary, technical, metal pioneers Atheist have signed a worldwide record deal with the European based label, Agonia Records. The band is expected to release a new studio album, the follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed Jupiter, in mid to late 2018.


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 21.02.2018 by nikarg | Comments (2)

Atheist - 'Unquestionable Presence' To Be Reissued, Share Rare Live Clip

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.


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 13.07.2015 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

Atheist - To Record New Album This Year

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?


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 06.06.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (8)

God Of Atheists - Reveal Full Project Lineup

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.


Posted: 11.06.2013 by BloodTears | Comments (6)

Death To All Tour - Gorguts And Atheist Confirmed As Openers, Two More Dates Added

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.


Band profile: Death
Posted: 23.04.2012 by Lit 2.0 | Comments (8)

Atheist - European Tour Dates With Exhumed

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!"

Announced dates are as follows:

April 22 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall (Inferno Festival)
April 23 - London, England - Relentless Garage
April 24 - Essen, Germany - Turock
April 25 - Paris, France - Divan du Monde
April 26 - Zürich, Switzerland - Dynamo
April 27 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
April 28 - München, Germany - Feierwerk, Kranhalle
April 29 - Tilburg, Holland - Neurotic Death Fest
April 30 - Athens, Greece - Kyttaro Live


Band profile: Atheist
Event: Atheist: European Tour
Posted: 02.12.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (2)

Atheist - New Track Available For Download

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)

All Jupiter album details available here.


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 09.10.2010 by Loathera | Comments (9)

Atheist - New Album Tracklist And Cover Art Revealed

Original news, published on 18.08.2010

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.

Jupiter cover art] tracklist:

01. Second To Sun
02. Fictitious Glide
03. Fraudulent Cloth
04. Live And Live Again
05. Faux King Christ
06. Tortoise The Titan
07. When The Beast
08. Third Person


Atheist have revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming Jupiter album. The artwork was created by Eliran Kantor. The album will be released on November 8 via Season Of Mist.


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 02.09.2010 by Thryce | Comments (21)

Atheist - Part Ways With Bassist

Official press release

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.

When we came together to write again, it was an obvious choice, for several reasons, to try and continue in what has been our touring line-up. We've had such a great time together on the road for the past four years. We're all great friends, and all of us were working peacefully towards the completion of the album. Therefore it hit us very unexpectedly when Tony called one day and informed us that he would not record with us. What's worse is that this happened only four weeks prior to our confirmed studio date. This left us in a very unfortunate position and without a choice.

Although we are quite angry with him for this extremely late, and inconsiderate, change of heart, we have no desire to let this become personal or start some public feud. We simply want to be sure the facts are out there so we can get on with writing and playing music. While this might come as a surprise to some, we simply shrugged our shoulders and continued on, un-phased, for one simple reason: Tony was never instrumental to Atheist's sound in the first place. The true genius behind the technical bass lines of Unquestionable Presence was co-founding member Roger Patterson. It's not well known to today's fans that Roger actually wrote all the bass tracks just prior to his ultimately sad and tragic death and deserves the credit. Tony simply played what was written. However, the public perception has become distorted over the past two decades. It was the trio of Steve, Kelly and Roger who helped to bring Atheist alive - and continue to do so today - without Roger of course. Tony had no influence on the band's original sound.

It was that one young, gifted kid, Roger Patterson, who inspired subsequent generations of bass players to delve into technical metal and bring their instrument to the forefront. Yet unfortunately Roger has not always received the credit due to him. With all due respect, most of the credit has been misplaced on Tony. It was actually following Roger's terrible accident that Tony joined us, after Doug Keyser from Watchtower declined our offer to join for personal reasons. It must be said that nobody can deny Tony did a good job of playing the parts written by another musician. We will never stop being thankful for Tony to step in and help us out at that most difficult time. He remains a great friend. Apart from that, however, Tony's contribution to the sound of Atheist consists only of his participation as a fifth contributing member in writing Elements. We leave it to Cynic and Pestilence to tell their own stories, if anybody feels the need to hear them.


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 04.08.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (11)

Atheist - Album Title Revealed

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).


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 12.07.2010 by K†ulu | Comments (14)

Atheist - Acoustic Solo Material Of Frontman Online

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."

Check out the songs at this location.


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 19.06.2010 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Atheist - Enter The Studio

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!'"

"We are also honored and totally stoked to have Jason be a part of this album with us" says drummer Steve Flynn. "He went to great lengths to make this happen for us, and we are grateful. We anticipate collectively taking extreme metal to new places. Jason has quickly become one of the most sought-after engineers/producers in the industry, and we're excited to be working with him. He truly understands the legacy of the Florida Death Metal scene, and the importance of this record. We're confident that Jason will deliver an absolutely monster production. Additionally, we DO realize that the record has taken a long time to create. However, there are so many twists and turns in the average Atheist song, and we felt like it was very important to have enough killer material written so as to make it the most interesting record we have ever created. We wanted to make sure we took the next logical step in the evolution of our music. According to the critics out there, it's a tall - almost impossible - order. However, we feel like we have done it."

"Our late and great friend and foundational element of the Atheist sound, Roger Patterson, was always with us in spirit in the process of writing" adds Shaefer. "In fact, that frantic, technical Patterson spirit has come shining through once more in the form of Jonathan Thompson, our newest guitar player. "JT" is a young-spirited multi-talented player - he also plays bass for Flynn's band Gnostic. As long-time Atheist fans, JT and Chris Baker understand what Atheist is at its core and what the fans expect. Both have proven to be invaluable in bringing out that classic Atheist sound and have been instrumental the course of writing this long-awaited record."


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 28.05.2010 by Thryce | Comments (11)

Atheist - 2006 Reunion Concert Streaming Online

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.

"Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken" cover art] tracklist:

Disc I
01. Unquestionable Presence
02. On They Slay
03. Unholy War
04. Your Life's Retribution
05. An Incarnation's Dream
06. Mother Man
07. And The Psychic Saw
08. Piece Of Time

Disc II
01. Piece Of Time
02. I Deny
03. Unholy War
04. Room With A View
05. Mother Man
06. Unquestionable Presence
07. And The Psychic Saw
08. An Incarnation's Dream
09. Mineral
10. Water
11. Air


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 02.09.2009 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Atheist, Gnostic - Sign With Season Of Mist

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!"


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 04.03.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Atheist - Writing New Material

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!"

Further information about the new Atheist album can be seen here.


Band profile: Atheist
Posted: 31.07.2008 by abattoir | Comments (11)