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.

Those who are close to us know we do not like to discuss band business publically. We prefer to keep those things internal, as they have nothing to do with the music. Yet this story must be told for a variety of reasons - primarily to honour Roger!

Thus, with this very brief glimpse into our history, we hope people understand why we handled things like we did and why we were able to react quickly when Tony left us in the lurch just before the recording of Jupiter. As with previous classic Atheist material, Tony had not contributed to the writing of Jupiter in any significant way, so we did not have to start over. Also, we had no intention to accept any further delay caused by Tony, especially since there was already an extremely talented young musician in our ranks: Jonathan Thompson (guitar). Not only did Jonathan do his intricate guitar lines flawlessly on Jupiter, but as a huge fan of Roger's work, he also wrote and performed the very impressive and original bass lines on this album as well. That is quite a story in itself. Tony may tour with Atheist, but for now it shall suffice that rather than settle for some random guy, we went with the best and kept it in the family.

Now that our work on what we hope will soon become another classical technical metal masterpiece is nearly finished and the news of Tony Choy's removal has already reached the public, we feel the need to have our story heard instead of letting the false legend, rumour and speculation perpetuate and persist in replacing truth. Atheist are alive and well and Jupiter will prove us to be stronger than ever!"


Source: season-of-mist.com
Band profile: Atheist
 
Posted: 04.08.2010 by Abattoir



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BudDa - 04.08.2010 at 11:13  
This is sad!
The timing though for this kind of nostalgia is just alittle too perfect for my taste. Either that or this is just sour grapes..
vezzy - 04.08.2010 at 12:12  
At least they don't seem affected in any way... [or do they?]
@gent_-_orange - 04.08.2010 at 14:27  
This is sad news hopefully this wont affect the new album.
MeloDeathViking - 04.08.2010 at 15:51  
So much for not letting it get personal, I think that's pretty much all they do haha. They seem really bitter.
Winterthrone - 04.08.2010 at 18:24  
Written by MeloDeathViking on 04.08.2010 at 15:51

So much for not letting it get personal, I think that's pretty much all they do haha. They seem really bitter.

Yeah but I understand them perfectly: You place your confidence in someone and four weeks before studio-time (which is not free by the way) he calls you and says he changed his mind...what the fuck? I mean if that's all true that guy hasn't acted in a very professional way! And it's perfectly normal to refresh the memory of some people so that they do noyt overly speculate on Tony's departure. Don't worry Roger Patterson was the only bassist that had a gteat influence on Atheist's music, not Tony Choy, even if he is a great bassist.
MeloDeathViking - 04.08.2010 at 18:28  
Written by Winterthrone on 04.08.2010 at 18:24

Written by MeloDeathViking on 04.08.2010 at 15:51

So much for not letting it get personal, I think that's pretty much all they do haha. They seem really bitter.

Yeah but I understand them perfectly: You place your confidence in someone and four weeks before studio-time (which is not free by the way) he calls you and says he changed his mind...what the fuck? I mean if that's all true that guy hasn't acted in a very professional way! And it's perfectly normal to refresh the memory of some people so that they do noyt overly speculate on Tony's departure. Don't worry Roger Patterson was the only bassist that had a gteat influence on Atheist's music, not Tony Choy, even if he is a great bassist.


I agree with you, I just thought it was funny that they said they weren't bitter and weren't taking it personally. They definitely have every right to.
LeChron James - 05.08.2010 at 00:36  
Wow, didnt see this coming. best of luck to Atheist and Tony Choy
Daggon - 05.08.2010 at 01:41  
Seems that it didn't affect the band at all, oh well, they can call Steve DiGiorgio anytime
qlacs - 05.08.2010 at 10:40  
SH*T.
K†ulu - 05.08.2010 at 14:35  
A very strange release. And I agree with Winterthrone. I think they put in too much information, and it all sounded as if Tony meant nothing to the band.
Kub - 08.08.2010 at 04:07  
Sour grapes.

"Oh, Tony, no, he's nothing, we don't care, which is why we release this too long and unprofessional PR note and bring Roger up for no good reason".

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