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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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."