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.
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
Technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have issued the following update:
"In case you didn't already know, Atheist will be playing The Live Metal Club in Bucharest, Romania on June 21. There is also the (date yet to be confirmed) FINAL! Atheist show in NYC... this will be filmed for a DVD There will be no others! This is your last chance! (and you get to be on the DVD you lucky bastards!) Make sure you go show your appreciation! More info on this as soon as it flows down the pipeline.
Technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have announced their last-ever U.S. performances.
This weekend the band will hit the stage for the last time in their native Florida with headlining shows in Tampa and Miami (at Brass Mug and Club Flower respectively). Following, ATHEIST will perform at a handful of European festivals before a final show in New York City. A listing of ATHEIST live appearances can be found online here with more info on the band’s final show to be announced soon.
Last January, ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Schaefer reassembled much of what was widely considered the bands classic recording lineup (Schaefer, bassist Tony Choy, and drummer Steven Flynn) to perform a select number of one-off shows to celebrate the re-issue of their wildly-influential catalog (1988’s ‘Piece of Time‘, 1993’s ‘Elements‘, and the 1991’s legendary ‘Unquestionable Presence‘). Among those shows were performances at such legendary festivals such as Germany’s Wacken Open Air, Norway’s Hole In The Sky Fest, Italy’s Evolution Fest, England’s Bloodstock Open Air, and the Los Angeles Murderfest. More...
Reunited seminal grindcore / extreme metal outfit BRUTAL TRUTH will head to Japan next week to headline the “Extreme The Dojo Tour V.17.” This tour follows the band’s recent successful U.K. headlining run and will kick off on Monday, March 5th in Osaka, Japan with support from Poland’s VADER.
BRUTAL TRUTH will also be performing a select number of U.S. tour dates as headliners at both the Los Angeles Murderfest and Maryland Deathfest. The LA Murderfest will take place the weekend of March 25th and 26th and also includes ATHEIST, REPULSION, OBITUARY and more. The Maryland Deathfest will occur the weekend of May 26th and 27th and includes appearances from CYNIC, REGURGITATE, ORIGIN, F*CK THE FACTS, and others. A complete listing of tour dates and festival information can be found in the tour section.
BRUTAL TRUTH has recently seen the reissue of their heralded 1997 masterpiece Sounds of the Animal Kingdom. The re-mastered and repackaged version comes complete with the preceding Kill Trend Suicide mini-CD (1996), bonus video footage in the form of the band’s 'Dead Smart' video, extensive and exhaustive liner notes from the band, and a forward from Choosing Death author Albert Mudrian.
More bands have been announced for the Los Angeles Murderfest Version 3.0, which is slated for March 24th and 25th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA:
Saturday, March 24th: More...
Technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have announced their first American reunion show will take place at the inaugural Auditory Assault Festival, which will take place November 25th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD.
ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer comments, "We are so pleased to be able to play as ATHEIST for the first time in America since 1991 and excited that it is part of a great new festival. As with our recent European festival shows, we will be performing songs from all 3 records, and we aim to make it a technical death metal extravaganza ATHEIST style!"
Other bands expected to perform include MONSTROSITY, CRETIN, PHOBIA, and MISERY INDEX among others. A full lineup is expected to be announced shortly.
ATHEIST drummer Steve Flynn has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"This Saturday will mark the start of another round of marathon practice sessions in preparation for the first ATHEIST show coming up in England. Of course, this means like four trips to the airport... Poor me... Maybe I should open up a limo/taxi service... I live 45 miles from the airport and 33 miles from our rehearsal studio... For four days all I'll be doing is driving and playing drums.
"We'll be practicing on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The songs we'll be playing in order (though not our actual set-list order):
01. On They Slay
02. Unholy War
03. Piece of Time
04. Unquestionable Presence
06. Mother Man
07. An Incarnation's Dream
08. And the Psychic Saw
09. I Deny
12. Fire More...
Five more bands have been confirmed for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, which takes place on 14th-15th July 2006. The festival, in its second year, will offer the UK an equivalent show to the major European Metal Festivals, albeit on a smaller scale for a 5000 capacity. However all the things you would expect from such a festival will be present. Food, Stalls, Camping, Beer tent (housing the second stage) with Metal Karaoke up to 2am each night for those of you who can stand 14 hours of metal per day.
The following bands were just confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2006:
Metal Church (Friday)
Callenish Circle (Saturday)
and The UK's own THRASH TILL DEATH TOUR appearing on STAGE 2 on Friday 14th July.
The full BOA lineup currently consists of: More...
British Doom Metallers MY DYING BRIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the 6th annual Bloodstock Festival to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on 29th-30th September 2006. MY DYING BRIDE are only the second UK band to have headlined the event, previously SAXON headlined in 2001 and 2003.
The current Bloodstock line-up is shaping up as follows:
AXEL RUDI PELL
MY DYING BRIDE
Another 6 bands are to be announced over the forthcoming weeks, including 2 special slots given over to bands that have entered a raffle to play the show. Any band interested in entering the raffle should contact the organisers at the BLOODSTOCK festivals new website.
In related news, the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN-AIR festival is taking place on July 14th-15th 2006 at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, UK. Currently confirmed bands are:
More bands will be announced over the forthcoming weeks. Tickets (which will be sent out during April) for both shows are available from bloodstock.uk.com.
Seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have regrouped for a run of exclusive live performances.
Guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer has reassembled what is widely considered the bands classic recording lineup (Shaefer, guitarist Rand Burkey, bassist Tony Choy, and drummer Steven Flynn) for two exclusive festival performances; Italy's Evolution Festival and Germany's Wacken Open Air. Shaefer comments, "We're very excited to be able to get back on the stage and play these insane tunes again the proper way with Flynn, Burkey and Choy. It's going to be very exciting and something not to be missed!."
ATHEIST will take part on Evolution Festival (scheduled for July 16 and 17 in Brescia, Italy) and Wacken Open Air (scheduled for August 3-5 in Schleswig Holstein, Germany). These will be the first in a series of exclusive festival performances announced. Shaefer continues, "We would like to make a great festival run this year and expose as many as possible to the music we lived and died for. Many thanks to the Evolution Festival and Wacken for helping to give many people who never got to see ATHEIST live a chance to see us one last time. This is our chance to make the music we worked so hard to create come alive one last time, and we guarantee that it will not disappoint."
ATHEIST has recently had it's wildly-influential catalog (1988's 'Piece of Time', 1993's 'Elements', and the 1991's legendary 'Unquestionable Presence') reissued internationally via Relapse Records. Additionally, "Unquestionable Presence" was recently featured in Decibel magazine as part of its ongoing Hall of Fame feature. The Hall of Fame feature highlights influential and pivotal releases in metal history, and "Unquestionable Presence" will join of ranks of previously profiled classics such as SLAYER's "Reign In Blood", SEPULTURA's "Roots", and AT THE GATES' "Slaughter of the Soul", among others.
GNOSTIC, the Atlanta, Georgia-based band featuring former ATHEIST drummer Steve Flynn, will be making their live debut on Friday, January 6 at The Darkside (attached to the Sidelines sports bar) in Marietta, GA.
In other news, Flynn will be appearing live on WREKage 91.1 FM in Atlanta at midnight this Friday night, December 30. Steve will be discussing the possibility of reunion shows with ATHEIST, the future of GNOSTIC and about his triumphant return to metal. The show, which airs Friday nights between midnight and 6:00 a.m., can be heard online at wrekage.org.
As previously reported, GNOSTIC recently re-released their demo from earlier this summer with all-new vocals as well as a brand new mix. Four of the songs - "Corrosive", "Violently Calm", "Mindlock" and "Wall of Lies" - can be downloaded at myspace.com/gnosticmusic.
GNOSTIC will be seeking a deal in 2006 with the help of Flynn's former bandmate Kelly Shaefer and his Starrfactory Records indie label (which also licensed the ATHEIST back catalog to Relapse Records). GNOSTIC hope to release their debut album in 2006. You can also visit the band at their official web site, gnosticmusic.com.
Former NEUROTICA/ATHEIST and current BIG MACHINE frontman has issued the following update:
"Response to the ATHEIST catalog being reissued is bananas!!! I wish to thank everyone for all the great letters and support on these. Relapse has done an incredible job on this package, it must be seen to be appreciated. The sound's been remastered on all of the records, new liner notes from numerous industry folk. It's just amazing. It hits the streets in September. Visit www.relapse.com to pre-order the limited-edition vinyl box set. There are only 1,000 they are going fast at 35 bucks! The three-disc set will be available individually as well through Relapse in September.
"I will be producing the upcoming recording session with Steve Flynn's [ex-ATHEIST drummer] new band GNOSTIC for my company, Starrfactory Records. This will mark the return of one of metal's sickest players. Steve Flynn has not recorded since his work on the now legendary 1991 'Unquestionable Presence' album from ATHEIST (being reissued September 13). Steve is in top form and this demo is gonna set the bar that much higher in the drumming world at minimum. The other players are strong and I think people will be really suprised by what they hear. We plan on shopping the demo. Interested parties contact email@example.com for info on the band etc.
"Also I have gone live with www.kellyshaefer.com. It is still developing, but right now it has info and music from all my bands — ATHEIST, NEUROTICA, UNHEARD, BIG MACHINE — plus you can check out the tunes I did with VELVET REVOLVER, and my DROWNING POOL auditions as well. Artwork, lyrics, press, pics, a blog and my complete Ozzfest diary from the NEUROTICA tour in 2002!
"And I am proud to report that I am gonna be a papa!! Me and my fiancee Jesika are expecting a girl our first! Skye Lilly Shaefer will debut live at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on November 26th.
"What a difference a year makes.
"And one last thing: In about two weeks, the brand new official ATHEIST website will be launching www.officialatheist.com and it will be chock-full of goodies for all you ATHEIST fans."
In other news, BIG MACHINE will be making their New York City live debut on August 3 at CBGB. Also appearing will be New Jersey's RANA.
BIG MACHINE recently spent time tracking new material at Florida's Southern Sound Studios with former ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND engineer Bud Snyder. Doug Kaye is producing. The songs that were recorded are: "Love Erosion", "Falling", "Shadow on the Wall" and "I Heard the Thunder". All tracks were written by AC/DC's Brian Johnson and BIG MACHINE guitarist Doug Kaye.
BIG MACHINE is:
Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST, NEUROTICA) - Vocals
Doug Kaye - Guitar
Donny Jaurols (E3, SERAPHINE, UNHEARD) - Guitar
Joe Scibilia (LAST GREAT HOPE) - Bass
Jeff Klosterman (JULLIET) – Drums
Relapse Records has announced plans to reissue the entire recorded works of seminal outfit Atheist. For starters, the label will issue a limited edition, foil-stamped box set comprised of LP versions of each Atheist full-length, in addition to the R.A.V.A.G.E. (pre-Atheist) "On They Slay" 7" EP. The box set will be limited to 1,000 and should be available in July. CD re-issues will then follow in late-Summer/early-Fall, beginning with the Elements album on August 30th. Here's a statement from Atheist guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer:
"I am overwhelmed with joy to see the re-release of the entire Atheist catalog after so many years. I've toured extensively since making these records, and everywhere I go I run into people who were not just into Atheist, but who praised the band's uniqueness and how much it forced them to progress as musicians and push the boundaries as players. I have been hunting for a label that would treat the catalog with the respect it deserves and whose goal is the same as ours: to turn the new generation of extreme metal and prog metal heads onto Atheist. Relapse is that label as it has a true understanding of where Atheist helped to rewrite the timeline of metal."