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2010-08-12 16:24:54

'Live At Wacken' Double CD Set To See Release

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: MySpace.com/KellysAtheistWebsite.

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: http://shop.relapse.com/store/product.aspx?ProductID=34053.

ATHEIST have also announced a number of US and European dates for this summer, including a July tour with THE FACELESS, PSYOPUS, THE AGONIST and GNOSTIC. The band will also be performing as part of the Brutal Assault, Paranoid, Jalometalli Metal Music, Harvesting Hell Open Air festivals and more. A listing of confirmed dates and cities can be found in the tour section with more to be announced soon.
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2010-08-12 16:13:20

Catalog Available Now On Picture Disc Vinyl

Technical metal pioneers ATHEIST see their wildly influential catalog (1988's 'Piece of Time', 1993's 'Elements', and the 1991's legendary 'Unquestionable Presence') get the vinyl picture disc treatment courtesy of Relapse Records. These picture discs are strictly limited to 1000 copies each and can be viewed in the e-store. Learn More
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2010-08-12 16:07:13

To Perform Last U.S. Shows Ever

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 in the tour section 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.

ATHEIST's Shaefer comments, "It's very hard to just walk away from this music that is having its day in the sun. The shows keep getting better and better, and the crowds are full of amazing stories of how they discovered our music. But the best and most important thing to us has been the outpouring of brand new people who have embraced our music as being pivotal to the way they listen to metal. That's far more important to us than anything. We will wrap this all up with one final show in New York that will be filmed for a DVD."
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2010-08-12 16:00:15

Burkey Forced To Bow Out of ATHEIST Performances, Band Soldiers On

Veteran ATHEIST guitarist Rand Burkey has been forced to bow out of the band's forthcoming festival performances due to legal troubles.

Filling in for Burkey will be veteran guitarist Chris Baker. Baker will be joining core ATHEIST members Kelly Shaefer, Tony Choy, and Steve Flynn as well as guitarist Sonny Carson (who will be playing Shaefer's guitar role due to Shaefer's long-running battles w/ tendonitis and carpal tunnel.) Baker and Carson are currently playing with Steve Flynn's new band GNOSTIC.

"In fine ATHEIST tradition we've been dealt another set of obstacles to overcome. These new problems have made these upcoming shows come very close to not happening but Chris is an extraordinary player, and has done a great job on the very difficult task of dissecting and learning Rand's guitar parts" says Shaefer. "Not having Rand be able to take part is a disappointment to us, but we have always honored our band commitments, even in the face of unbelievable odds, and this will be no exception. We've been playing these songs for months now, they are sounding great! We simply cannot wait to get it on!.?A listing of ATHEIST's scheduled festival appearances can be found in the tour section. Learn More
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2010-08-12 16:01:26

Announce First American Reunion Performance; Catalog Now Available via iTunes

Technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have announced their first American reunion show will take place at the inaugural Auditory Assault Festival.

The Auditory Assault Festival will take place at the Sonar Club in Baltimore, MD on November 25th. Also scheduled to appear are Relapse label mates MISERY INDEX and CRETIN with many more bands to be announced shortly. This performance is the first of what will be a small number of select American reunion shows by the band. For more information on this Relapse Records co-sponsored festival, please visit: www.supremebrutality.com/auditoryassault.

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!"

ATHEIST recently began an exclusive run of European festival performances with incredible performances at Italy's Evolution Festival and the UK's Bloodstock Open Air. Shaefer continues, "We would like to say thanks to the Evolution Festival and Bloodstock Open Air for helping to give many people who never got to see Atheist live a chance to see us one last time. Both festivals were incredible experiences for us and ones we will never forget."

Additionally, the band's wildly-influential catalog (1988's "Piece of Time", 1993's "Elements", and 1991's legendary "Unquestionable Presence") has recently been made available for the first time via iTunes and select digital distributors internationally. Learn More
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