Band Photo: Atheist (?)
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.
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...
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...
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
Relapse Records has issued the following statement about releasing a new double CD set from Atheist:
"Technical metal pioneers Atheist will see the release of a special Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken 2xCD set this summer.
"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. The band is currently streaming the set’s opening track, 'Unquestionable Presence', online now via their MySpace page.
"The second disc in the set is 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 will see its North American release on July 21st, July 27th internationally and is available for pre-order here."
Gnostic, the Atlanta band made up of 3/4ths of Atheist, has revealed the artwork of their debut album, "Engineering the Rule." The album will be released on May 25th and July 14th in the US via Season of Mist. More...
Florida technical metal band, ATHEIST will be touring North American this July with THE FACELESS, Psyopus, The Agonist, and Gnostic. GNOSTIC, is a band made up of 3/4 of ATHEIST’s members. Atheist and Gnostic drummer Steve Flynn comments on the tour:
"We're absolutely thrilled to be doing this tour with such an incredible lineup of brutal technical bands. This bill is going to just peel your face off. Not only are all the bands insanely technical and heavy, but the lineup also covers a broad spectrum of style - from the almost avant-garde sound of PSYOPUS to the straight up technical death metal sounds of GNOSTIC and ATHEIST. Then you throw in the more modern break-neck technicality, unrivaled musicianship and speed of THE FACELESS, and the brutality of THE AGONIST, and you've got yourself one hell of a night. This will also be somewhat experimental in the world of technical death metal, as 3 of us (me on drums, Chris Baker on Guitars, and Jonathan Thompson on bass (in GNOSTIC) and guitars (in ATHEIST)) are in two bands and playing TWO shows per night. I can't recall a similar situation in technical death metal. It will be a marathon-esque physical and mental exercise. This tour will also be GNOSTIC's debut to the world as we're supporting our first release via Season of Mist: 'Engineering the Rule' in July." More...
Earlier in the year Metal Underground presented its annual “Best Of” awards and with his finger always on the pulse, deathbringer mentioned a new dominance in metal leading us into 2009. Maybe you’ve noticed the extra acoustic interludes, the blazing shred solos, the disjointed poly-rhythms or maybe you haven’t - but either way a cloud of progressive influence has undoubtedly emerged over the metal scene. Not just in our minds here at MU, but in the minds of fans Opeth, Cynic, Meshuggah, Nachtmystium and Ihsahn stood out with impressive 2008 releases. Even more excitement and interest has been generated by collaborations between Ihsahn and Opeth, and 2009 hasn’t let up with Mastodon’s progressive opus “Crack The Skye” and Obscura’s “Cosmogenesis” leading the charge.
So what magic is at work here aside from great prog-metal releases? Larger bands such as the explosive power metal act DragonForce and progressive groovers Mastodon have played a large part in the uprising of the pursuit of extreme talent for more mainstream metal fans - opening legions of otherwise clueless greenhorns to the bar of instrumental ability. Old hands such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and numerous thrash acts have also not been untouched by the progressive aura and have regained the thirst for pushing technical boundaries - a truly founding ideal of metal if ever there was one. Another force at play here is the power the internet has had in exposing technical freak shows like Necrophagist as well as many young tech-metal heads being introduced to metal and fostered through 90s progressive acts such as Tool or Dream Theater. Not enough for you? Let’s take a little trip back in time then. More...
Reunited New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH have completed tracking the much anticipated "Unborn Again" full-length album at Mozart Studio with world-renowned engineer / producer Harris Johns (Sodom, Kreator, Helloween, Sepultura, etc) and are set to fly to Berlin on April 13, 2009 where the mixing and mastering process will take place at Spiderhouse Studio.
The album artwork and final tracklisting will be announced shortly.
In other news, WHIPLASH has been confirmed for this year's Jalometalli Metal music festival, set to take place August 14-15, 2009 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Season Of Mist Records has issued the following announcement about signing the bands Atheist and Gnostic:
"Season of Mist is immensely proud to announce that ATHEIST and GNOSTIC just inked a deal with our label! After CYNIC, that's two more technical US death metal legends we are welcoming to our 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!!"
Legendary technical death metal band Atheist has issued the following announcement about wanting to book shows during 2009:
"Want to book ATHEIST? To book Atheist contact Marco @ Avocado Booking firstname.lastname@example.org. Atheist are now booking shows for summer of 2009 and on in to 2010 to support the highly anticipated first studio album in 16 years, so contact Marco today."
Below is a list of bands for each day of MDF 2009, which will take place May 22 - 24. There are several different scenarios on the table as far as stage setup goes, so we won't be announcing exact set times until sometime in March. Set times will be planned so you don't have to pick and choose what band you want to see because two are playing at one time.
Individual day tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 19th.
You can expect doors to open around 3:30 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. These are only estimates, but not off by more than 30 minutes or so. More...
Maryland Deathfest has announced Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation as replacements for Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, and Swallow The Sun, whose North American tour together was scrapped. One more band will be announced before January 1st.
Maryland Deathfest VII will take place on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are currently on sale.
Here is a curre?nt list of confirmed bands for the Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...
Atheist frontman Kelly Schaffer has posted the following message online:
"Since our return to the scene in 2006 so many from all over the world have written such great notes of inspiration to us through replies to blogs, or through emails, but I would like to create more of a community of people sharing the thoughts that you send to us, and post them on our Comments page as opposed to replies to blogs, in the months leading up to the release of the most important record we will ever make in my humble opinion. Those comments will help drive this ship to new lands (if I could borrow from ROBERT PLANT) Myself and the others in the band will participate as well in discussions about the record on the comments page about your experience with our music, some of the things you write are amazing and I wish more people could hear them, and what level of participation our music has had in the soundtrack to your particular lives, and paths. In the early days of Atheist we would correspond with one another through photocopied fanzines and letters back and forth, and that was the best! Now, it only makes sense, with the development of the internet to parlay that into this medium, and it's waaaaay easier, old school fuckers will tell you that. And if you could do us the favour of not posting these huge banner ads on the comments page so we can keep load times down for those without high speed hook ups. We look forward to your opinions and thoughts on the band, we will be reading!!!!! Those with the coolest and most interesting thoughts, and opinions, will find themselves handpicked by us to be backstage chilling with us at upcoming shows in every city we perform in during our tour 2009! Thanks for all of your motivating words, and we hope to satisfy the metal masses with some sick ass technical brutality!"
More bands were recently confirmed for Maryland Deathfest VII. Just announced to appear at MDF 2009 are:
Swallow the Sun
The Red Chord
Keep of Kalessin
Agenda of Swine
Pretty Little Flower
Bolt Thrower has released this bit of news regarding their first trip to the USA in 14 years:
"Due to the fact that we are not real festival lovers or great fans of flying, the chances of us ever coming to the States for a one-off show was always very small. But after years of relentless emails from Ryan we've finally given in. It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since we last played in the US, so we are very happy to announce that we are finally coming back. Bolt Thrower will be playing Maryland Deathfest VII, on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD."
A few more bands were exected to be included in this announcement, but the organizers are still working on the details. Therefore, another announcement is expected with even more band confirmations in the near future, as they wrap up the booking process for Maryland Deathfest 2009
Tickets will definitely go on sale on Friday, November 7th.
Here is a full list of currently confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...
Next spring, Baltimore, MD will play host to Maryland Deathfest VII on May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at Sonar. The following have been confirmed thus far, with many more to be added until the event:
Hail Of Bullets
Today Is The Day
Man Must Die
Jeff Wagner, author of the upcoming definitive book on progressive metal (scheduled for release in Autumn 2009), former Metal Maniacs editor and current The End Records staffer, has been interviewed by the Noise Pollution blog of James Mayse.
THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."
Here's an excerpt:
We haven’t talked at all about death metal. I find much early death metal rather one-note (or one-grunt), but the genre is showing almost as much variation now as is black metal. What was the first band to take death metal’s “traditional” sound and expand it?
Wagner: That’s the chapter I’m elbow-deep in writing right now. It’s a tough call. Celtic Frost were considered a death metal band as much as a thrash or black metal band back in the day, and when they released ‘Into the Pandemonium’ in 1987, it was a total radicalization of all that. But I think what you’re talking about is the purer late ‘80s/early ‘90s death metal sound. Around 1990/1991, several bands began expanding the sound and taking it into a more experimental and/or technical area. I think of Disharmonic Orchestra (‘Not To Be Undimensional Conscious’) and Atrocity (‘Hallucinations’ and ‘Todessehnsucht’) in Europe, and here in the states the first that come to mind are Death’s ‘Human’ album and Atheist’s ‘Unquestionable Presence.’
Read the full article at Noise Pollution Blog.
Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic and THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."
Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Canadian band RUSH, Wagner's book explores the shared lineage of prog rock and metal. He unfurls the huge tapestry and examines the sounds and styles created during the genre's 40-year history, including: the "Big Three" — QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES WARNING, and DREAM THEATER; extreme prog pioneers VOIVOD and CELTIC FROST; Norway's post-black metal avant garde (ULVER, ARCTURUS, VED BUENS ENDE, BEYOND DAWN, etc.); and of course the huge global movement of Big Three-worshippers in the 1990s and the leaders that emerged (AYREON, SYMPHONY X, etc.). The vastness of what can be considered "progressive metal" has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music. More...
ATHEIST vocalist Kelly Shaefer has issued the following update:
“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 three minutes of truly ATHEIST, brutal, fast-as-hell, technical metal madness!!!!
"My trip to Atlanta [where ATHEIST drummer Steve Flynn currently resides] began in true ATHEIST ‘cursed’ style. I enter Avatar rehearsal studios and with guitar and backpack in hand, I proceed to bust my fucking ass… like really bust ass and fucked up my knee; shit, I have not fallen like that in years. So I hobbled to the practice room, and plugged in my guitar… knee bleeding and all, and, of course…my guitar does not work!!! Most of you know I am left-handed so… I could not play anyone else’s guitar SO….. Friday was a wash. I did, however, get to watch GNOSTIC rehearse and that was incredible; you all are in for a treat when that record comes out. Fortunately for me, the GNOSTIC boys enlisted one of their buddies, Rick, to perform some guitar surgery, and I am very grateful to him for that ’cause we would not have been able to write anything had he not fixed that fucker up for the next day so everyone say… RIGHT ON, RICKY BOY!!!
Vocalist Kelly Shaefer of legendary technical death metal band Atheist has issued the following update about new Atheist material:
"[I'm] heading to Atlanta next Friday to jam with Atheist drummer and my best friend Mr. Steve Flynn, this will mark the first time we have written together since 1991's 'Unquestionable Presence'. So I am curious how it will sound. I know it will be sick, there is a formula that me and Flynn have that automatically sounds like Atheist...so it will be fun to hear what it will sound like. And who knows? If it it goes well...?? We will see what happens."
NEUROTICA, the hard rock band fronted by ATHEIST vocalist Kelly Shaefer, will perform at the Cock And Bull (975 Cattleman Rd) in Sarasota, Florida this Saturday night, March 29. Tickets are $10 at the door. This will be an all-ages show.
NEUROTICA finished out in 2002 with a slew of roaring performances on Ozzfest, which led to Rolling Stone magazine calling the group one of the 10 best bands to see on the festival.