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Band Photo: Atheist (?)

Formed: 1984
From: Sarasota, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Atheist News

Below is our complete Atheist news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Atheist Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about Atheist being the latest act confirmed for the festival:

"70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don't believe in signs, in fact they don't believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast...

"Make no mistake, 70,000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known: More...

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Atheist Live Footage Posted Online

Live footage of Atheist performing its track "Second To Sun" at the 2011 Neurotic Deathfest has been posted online. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

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Atheist Announces North American Shows

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about new North American tour dates from Atheist:

"After 17 long years, the progressive metal forefathers return to the North American tour trail! Atheist are personally delivering the monumental sounds of the critically acclaimed new album 'Jupiter' to seven lucky cities. Main support will come from Philadelphia's metalcore champs and new fellow label mates A Life Once Lost, Relapse Records recording artists Revocation and Prosthetic recording artists Last Chance To Reason. Be sure to catch this rare appearance and return of Atheist."

The dates are as follows:

March 4 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 5 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater / Scion Rock Fest
March 7 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
March 8 Montreal, QC @ Le Petit Campus
March 9 New York, NY @ Santo's Party House
March 10 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
March 12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

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Immolation To Play Scion Rock Fest

Immolation has been announced as the latest confirmed act for the upcoming Scion Rock Festival, which is set to take place on March 5th in Pomona, California. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other announced bands are as follows:


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Atheist Announces First Show With New Bassist

Reactivated technical metal veterans Atheist have announced that they will be hitting the road in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "Jupiter," the band's first studio CD in 17 years.

The first show is set to take place on Saturday, February 12th, 2011 at the Cabana Inn in Sarasota, Florida, on the 20th anniversary — to the day — of the loss of the band's original bass player Roger Patterson. The concert will mark the group's debut appearance with new bass player Travis Morgan.

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Scion Rock Fest 2011 Line-Up Announced

The official line-up has been announced for the forthcoming Scion Rock Festival. The 2011 edition of the Scion Rock Fest will be headlined by death metal legends Morbid Angel and will feature 19 other bands. Scion Rock Fest 2011 is set to take place on March 5 in Pomona, California at the Fox Theater and the Glass House, with two other stages being built for the event by festival organizers. Six additional bands will be announced in the near future while you can find a list of the confirmed bands below:


Scion Rock Fest is presented by the automaker Scion, a division of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

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More Bands Announced For Inferno Fest

Norway's Dodheimsgard and California's Exhumed are the latest acts to be confirmed for the upcoming 2011 edition of the Inferno Festival. The Norwegian Inferno festival is set to take place from April 20th - 23rd, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Aura Noir
Soilent Green
Malevolent Creation

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Atheist Announces European Tour

Reunited technical death metal outfit Atheist has announced that they will be heading to Europe for a series of shows in April, in support of their new studio album, "Jupiter." Joining them on the tour will be fellow death metal veterans, Exhumed. A message from Atheist frontman Kelly Schaefer reads as follows:

"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!"

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

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Atheist Premieres "Fictitious Glide" Online

Atheist recently released their latest studio album, "Jupiter" (reviewed here), on November 8th via Season of Mist. "Jupiter" is the band's first new record since 1993. Metalunderground.com is now able to bring you the online premiere of the track "Fictitious Glide." You can check it out in the player below, along with opening track "Second To Sun."

Metalunderground.com recently caught up with Atheist frontman Kelly Shaefer, who commented on the album:

If you don’t know the history of the band and the third album comes in then it’s very odd, because it’s very different and Latin influenced. In using a different drummer it wasn’t as fast and brutal, it’s more jazzy and most people in Eastern Europe prefer that record. “Jupiter” is a continuation of our second record “Unquestionable Presence.” It’s really an homage to both the first two albums. It’s easily the most brutal and ferocious album we’ve ever done. It’s the most explosive and has the best songs and our song writing has changed a lot in all that time. Me personally, I’ve had an opportunity to write with a number of different bands and work with producers in the rock world with Neurotica. So my experience bringing that back into Atheist is structure and being able to take chaotic madness of the technical aspect of Atheist and really hone it in and give people something to focus their eyes one. It helps pull it all together. It wasn’t really intentional but it just worked out that way. We’d just sit down and write and whatever happens, happens. That’s how we set our template. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. I hate saying that, because everybody says that. If you are a fan of Atheist you are definitely going to love this record. It’s all over the place, and yet it’s right down the middle.

You can read that full interview here.

The complete tracklisting for "Jupiter" is as follows:

1. Second to Sun (4:04)
2. Fictitious Glide (4:53)
3. Fraudulent Cloth (3:24)
4. Live and Live Again (3:39)
5. Faux King Christ (4:02)
6. Tortoise the Titan (3:40)
7. When the Beast (4:57)
8. Third Person (4:08)

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Kelly Shaefer Discusses Five Worst Atheist Songs

Kelly Shaefer of Atheist recently talked with Decibel Magazine about his five least favorite Atheist songs. His break down of the songs can be read below.

4. “Fractal Point” / 5. “Displacement” (tie) — Elements (1993) Ugh, well yes there are two in one here because they are in fact interludes on the album Elements, and I had the idea of everyone just doing a special little piece of music on their own to connect all of the songs together. Now Rand Burkey is one of the most brilliant guitar players I have ever met, and his work on three albums was stellar, but these guitar doodlings are depressing, lifeless, and boring. He was always a fan of guitar swells, and he did a masterful job of creating the swells at the intro to “Piece of Time”, but these were just not fun to listen to. Choy did “Samba Briza”, which I loved, and Frank Emmi did “See You Again”, a great little ‘clean’ guitar section, that was a nice calm before the storm before the last tune on the album. If I heard these two interludes, I would either take the disc out, or quickly fast forward to the next tune. Rand, I love you bro, but these are my least favorite things you wrote with us! There it is. A little self-deprecation for all of you.

3. “Earth” — Elements (1993) “Earth” is not a horrible song, but it’s one of my least favorites for a number of reasons. First being the 808 bass drop in the middle, and the guitar part is somehow not interesting enough. There were so many other ways we could have gone, but as you know we had 40 days to write and record that whole album, and that is the only song that I feel suffered from lack of time to evolve. Another thing I don’t like is the guitar part underneath [the lyric] ‘That little planet of the hill’. All of these things are my fault. [Laughs] Lyrically, I don’t mind it, but it’s at the bottom of my list of favorites.

Read the full article at Decibel Magazine.

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Atheist Reveals New Album Artwork

Atheist has revealed the cover artwork online for the band's new album "Jupiter," which can be viewed at this location. "Jupiter" is set for release on November 8th, 2010 and has the following track listing:

1. Second to Sun
2. Fictitious Glide
3. Fraudulent Cloth
4. Live and Live Again
5. Faux King Christ
6. Tortoise the Titan
7. When the Beast
8. Third Person

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Atheist Reveals New Album Details

Progressive death metal legends Atheist have revealed details regarding the band's upcoming studio album, the first release from the band in over seventeen years. The album's title has been set as "Jupiter" and is planned for release by mid November, 2010.

Founding member Kelly Shaefer commented by saying:
"we are almost done with guitars and vocals, and we start mixing with the tone goblin himslef Jason Suecof in Orlando, FL on July 15. 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!”

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Atheist Frontman Releases Acoustic Tracks

Vocalist Kelly Shaefer, of progressive metal legends Atheist, has just released a handful of acoustic tracks via his solo myspace page.

Shaefer commented by saying:
"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, so don't bitch at me about it, hahaha. I have plenty of metal for you all when the next Atheist album hits, and recording starts July 5th, but for now something different...a calm before the storm perhaps. So this 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 album's worth of material in 2012 that will be a 'Kelly' record, and it will be all over the place style-wise."

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Atheist To Record New Album

American metal veterans Atheist has announced that they will be entering LedBelly studios in Atlanta, Georgia on July 5th to record their fourth studio album, which will be the band's first studio album in seventeen years. It is expected to be released towards the end of the year with a 2011 world tour to follow. A message from the band reads as follows:

"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."

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

Obscura, Arch Enemy, Seupltura, and Twisted Sister are the latest bands confirmed for next's year's Hellfest, set to take place June 18-20, 2010 in Clisson, France.

The current line up is as follows:


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Atheist Issues New Road Report

Kelly Shaefer of Atheist has issued the following road report from their European tour:

"A rash of fucking nightmares as well, in true Atheist fashion, we always seem to have these strange things happen to us whilst touring. The night before I was leaving for The Brutal Assault festival in Cz Republic, I started fucking shaking and sweating and my throat was killing me, like really bad, so I just sort of flew over and hoped for the best, but upon arriving at the fest, I really was fatigued, and feeling shitty, so much so that flynn went looking for a doctor so we could get me some antibiotics. He found one across from the hotel, and with the assistance of an interpreter, we managed to find out according to them I had a severe throat infection, but they referred to it as 'Angina' which has heart implications etc, so we are freaking out because they are telling me you have to rest constantly, no singing, no drinking, nothing...so CLEARLY, that was not going to be possible with a run of dates just getting started, not to mention a trip to amsterdam, you are telling me i cant smoke out in holland...i say fuck that, but i did not drink for the whole tour till the very end of my antibiotics which was in Finland, so it turns out in europe, angina is basically Strep throat, and there were no reasons to worry about heart issues....yikes close call!

"So while I was in a ton of pain, we got through the first 2 shows, and truthfully it went better than if i has been drinking, i feel like my screams were stronger etc. Drinking just always happens with me at shows so to not drink was a great experiment for me, and it turned out to be a great wake up call for me. Many thanks to all the people who came from around the world to the brutal assault festival, it was a really well done event, except there was a mix up about how long we were to play so instead of us playing an extra 20 min, we were accidently cut 20 min, so we apologize to the fans who expected a longer set...we expected to play longer as well, and we will be back next year to make it up to you. Many thanks to our good friend and promoter Thomas for the great hospitality.

"Many great things happened on this night and we saw many friends old and new including the Faceless and the Suffocation guys. But probably the most important meeting of the trip was between myself and one Patrick Mameli from Pestilence. As many of you know we have not exactly been the best of friends since 1991. Many daggers have been thrown by the both of us, and at the end of the day we were both right to be angry with one another. We had a very neede discussion about all of that shit backstage at the Brutal Assault fest, and steve flynn also had a 45 min talk w him as well. We parted as friends, and that is a lot more positive then harboring anger for so many years, we are cool with pestlilence, and we all actually had a great time discussing the old days and the future of our bands playing together, they're Gtr layer patrick also came to our show in Zandaam which was very cool. so... More...

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Obscura Bassist Comments on Metal Mixing

Dutch bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA/Ex-PESTILENCE) says most bassists should be more audible in death metal recordings. "In many of the death metal productions the bass guitar is simply absent or inaudible in the mix, which is a shame. Perhaps this is one of those aspects that will change as the genre evolves. We are lucky to have bassists like Steve DiGiorgio and Alex Webster, both of whom have contributed greatly to the death metal style of bass playing."

Further information can be found at www.jeroenthesseling.com and www.warwick.de More...

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Sonata Arctica Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

Sonata Arctica are the latest band to be confirmed for the Monterrey Metal Fest, which will take place on September 16th in Mexico. The other bands confirmed for the festival are Atheist, Brainstorm, Children of Bodom, Doro, Samael, Whiplash, Amorphis, Maligno, Uli Jon Roth, and Stravaganzza

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