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."

On a related note, the band states: "We do wish to sincerely apologize to the promoters, fans, and Dew-Scented for the cancelation of our appearance at this year's Hellfest, and a handful of club dates surrounding it. We had to do it in order to get this album recorded. As soon as it's done we will come see you all on tour for the next 18 months! We owe the continuing legacy and re-ignition of Atheist to everyone who has ever demanded more from their metal, and a huge salute goes out from Atheist to all of the bands that carry the flag that we unceremoniously planted 22 years ago with Piece of Time. Thank you all for making it possible for us to make the most important piece of art we have individually and collectively ever made."

Atheist's forthcoming album is tentatively scheduled for a late 2010 release and will be followed by a world tour in 2011 and on.

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Posted: 28.05.2010 by Thryce


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Mr. Burns - 28.05.2010 at 17:35  
For some reason I fear that this album will never live up to the hype. That being said, I can't wait to hear it!
Black_Handed - 28.05.2010 at 17:38  
"Jason Suecof (Trivium, Chimaira, Devildriver and many others)" somehow, this is the scariest bit of infromation in this article. this could easily kill the album.
Stalker - 28.05.2010 at 21:04  
Written by Black_Handed on 28.05.2010 at 17:38

"Jason Suecof (Trivium, Chimaira, Devildriver and many others)" somehow, this is the scariest bit of infromation in this article. this could easily kill the album.

LOL, my thoughts exactly. Nice piece of news though...
DPM7 - 28.05.2010 at 21:34  
Great news!!!

...but I also agree with Black_Handed, that is concerning.
Daydream Nation - 29.05.2010 at 00:04  
It's Atheist. It'll be fine.
sasquatch - 29.05.2010 at 01:00  
Have faith. Kelly Shaefer and Steve Flynn won't record a bad Cd. I'm beyond pumped!
Arcticus - 29.05.2010 at 03:12  
Hmm it's strange, usually there is that sense of 'uh oh, it's gonna be crap' when a big band does a comeback album, but I agree, I think Atheist are actually capable of really pulling it off. I just hope there's not too much 'instant dismissal' of the album when it gets released, it will definitely be the sort of thing that will take time to sink in and appreciate. But I know there will be anyway, because people just can't resist. Anyway should be killer.
Got Mayhem? - 29.05.2010 at 03:19  
This is either going to be killer, or completely meh. We'll see...
Black Conundrum - 29.05.2010 at 03:19  
I haven't listened to Atheist in a while, and this is cool news.
worship_non - 29.05.2010 at 13:15  
I sure hope they won't fuck it up
Shadowcross - 31.05.2010 at 10:03  
This is a bit scary, isn't it ..

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