Atheist

Members of Atheist: Chris Baker (10), Frank Emmi, Jonathan Thompson, Josh Greenbaum, Kelly Shaefer, Lee Harrison, Rand Burkey, Roger Patterson, Sonny Carson (2), Steve Flynn, Tony Choy
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.relapse.com/label/artist/atheist.html, http://www.facebook.com/AtheistOfficial, http://www.myspace.com/kellysatheistwebsite, http://www.reverbnation.com/atheist, http://www.purevolume.com/atheist, http://atheist.bandcamp.com

Discography of Atheist:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Piece Of Time 16 Audio 2000 Newtown Music
2 Elements 12 Audio 1993 Music For Nations
3 Piece Of Time 9 Audio 1990 Active Records (3)
4 Unquestionable Presence 22 Audio 2005 Relapse Records
5 Elements 20 Audio 2005 Relapse Records
6 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 1991 Active Records (3)
7 Piece Of Time 22 Audio 2005-09-13 Relapse Records
8 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 1991-08-30 Death Records (3)
9 Piece Of Time 9 Audio 1990-11-00 Death Records (3)
10 Elements 12 Audio 1993-08-30 Metal Blade Records
11 Elements 13 Audio 2008-08-05 Relapse Records
12 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 2008-08-05 Relapse Records
13 Piece Of Time 9 Audio 2008-08-05 Relapse Records
14 Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken 21 Audio 2009-07-21 Relapse Records
15 Elements 12 Audio 1993 Music For Nations
16 Jupiter 8 Audio 2010-11-08 Season Of Mist
17 Jupiter 8 Audio 2010-11-08 Season Of Mist
18 Jupiter 8 Audio 2010 Season Of Mist
19 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 1991 Death Records (3)
20 Jupiter 8 Audio 2011 Icarus Music
21 Piece Of Time 9 Audio 1993-09-17 Pony Canyon Inc.
22 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 1993-09-17 Pony Canyon Inc.
23 Elements 12 Audio 1993-10-21 Music For Nations
24 Piece Of Time 9 Audio 1990 Death Records (3)
25 Unquestionable Presence 22 Audio 2011 Icarus Music
26 Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken 21 Audio 2011 Icarus Music
27 Piece Of Time + Unquestionable Presence 17 Audio 1991 Music For Nations
28 Elements 12 Audio 1993-10-21 Music For Nations
29 Jupiter 8 Audio 2011 Mutilation Productions
30 Piece Of Time 9 Audio 2013-06-07 Season Of Mist
31 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 2013-06-07 Season Of Mist
32 Elements 12 Audio 2013-06-07 Season Of Mist
33 Elements 20 Audio 2005 Irond
34 Jupiter 8 Audio 2010 Союз
35 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 1992 MG Records (2)
36 Piece Of Time 9 Audio 2013-06-07 Season Of Mist
37 Elements 20 Audio 2009-11-11 Relapse Records
38 Unquestionable Presence 22 Audio 2009-11-11 Relapse Records
39 Piece Of Time 22 Audio 2009-11-11 Relapse Records
40 Jupiter 8 Audio 2010 Season Of Mist
41 Elements 12 Audio 2013 Season Of Mist
42 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 2013 Season Of Mist
43 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 1992 MG Records (2)
44 Elements 12 Audio 1993 Takt Music
45 Unquestionable Presence 8 Audio 1991 Metal Blade Records
46 Elements 12 Audio 1993 Music For Nations
47 Elements 12 Audio 1993 Metal Mind Records
48 Piece Of Time + Unquestionable Presence 17 Audio 1991
49 Piece Of Time 9 Audio 1990 Baron Music
50 Elements 14 Audio 1993 Metal Blade Records


Atheist are a technical death metal band from Florida, USA. The band is known for its highly complex playing and for incorporating jazz and latin elements into their sound. They were intially founded in 1984 under then name Oblivion, which was soon changed to R.A.V.A.G.E. (Raging Atheist Vowing A Gory End). The band issued several demos under this name before shortening their moniker to just Atheist. The band released their first album, "Piece Of Time" in 1989. The line-up was Kelly Shaefer (vocals, guitar), Rand Burkey (guitar), Roger Patterson (bass), and Steve Flynn (drums). In 1991, as the band was preparing their follow up, Patterson was killed in a car accident. He was replaced by Tony Choy ([a=Pestilence]). Atheist broke up the following year but in 1993, Kelly Shaefer put together a new line-up featuring Choy, Jason Greenbaum (drums), and Frank Emmi (guitar). Growing problems with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome forced Shaefer to limit his guitar playing to just rhythm guitar. Just prior to recording their new album, Rand Burkey rejoined the group. The album, "Elements" toned down the metal influences and increased the jazz and latin elements. Atheist split again after its release.

In 2005, Relapse Records reissued Atheist's 3 albums with bonus tracks that included demos and live tracks. In 2006, it was announced the Atheist was reuniting with Shaefer, Flynn, Choy, and Burkey along with guitarist Sonny Carson, as tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome prevented Shaefer from playing guitar. However, personal legal problems forced Burkey to exit and he was replaced by Chris Baker. In 2010, it was announced the Choy had left the band for other projects. Later that year, Shaefer, Flynn, Baker and guitarist Jonathan Thompson recorded the album "Jupiter", with Thompson recording all the bass parts.


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