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Sarasota FL, United States (1984 – 1994, 2006 – present)

Atheist is a progressive/technical death metal band from Sarasota, Florida, USA and regarded as one of the main developers of Floridian death metal. Their music is highly technical and sometimes reminiscent of jazz, combining brutal riffs with subtle latin music arrangements. They were founded in 1984 under the name Oblivion by guitarist (and later vocalist) Kelly Shaefer and drummer Mark. Mark was later replaced by drummer Steve Flynn because Kelly and Steve had similar musical tastes. Roger Patterson would later join as their bassist.

By early 1985, Oblivion changed their name to R.A.V.A.G.E. (Raging Atheists Vowing A Gory End). As R.A.V.A.G.E., they recruited a singer that is only known by the name of Scrappy. He did not participate on any of the R.A.V.A.G.E. recordings. The first demo was released in 1985 and it was called Kill or Be Killed (also known as the Rotting in Hell demo). The next demo would be the last in 1987 called On They Slay with lead guitarist Mark Scwartzberg.

After their last demo as R.A.V.A.G.E., they changed their moniker to Atheist. They released a couple of demos, Hell Hath No Mercy in 1987 and Beyond in 1988. They recorded their debut album, Piece of Time, in 1988 and it was to be released on the label Mean Machine, but the record label later went bankrupt. Piece of Time thus not released until 1990 on Active. In 1989, another demo was released.

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  • Siffie91

    check out this group for exploring and sharing superb Old School Metal! http://www.lastfm.de/group/Underground+Metal+Maniac%C2%B4s

    26 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • Covenantt

    Yeah, you're probably right. I was aware with Coroner and Watchtower being a big influence for Chuck but for whatever-reason I never thought them being that big influence for Death but now that I think of it, it definitely makes sense that those bands were reason. And yeah, Atheist definitely were the first 'technical' death metal band with Nocturnus and Atrocity.

    16 Mar 10:43am Reply
  • sssssssev

    @ Covenantt, about Atheist's influence on Death... well, it's a bit funny, Chuck was apparently talking shit about the kind of technical music Atheist were making at first. But I guess meanwhile he was developing a taste for technical bands like Coroner and Watchtower, and with Paul and Sean from Cynic bringing their influence into the band, Death was bound to get more techy. I wouldn't say the Atheist albums had much direct influence on Death, that came from elsewhere probably, but Atheist were definitely among (if not the) first of that new approach to death metal.

    5 Mar 5:19pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Atheist

    1 Mar 7:10pm Reply
  • elitist_jerk

    unquestionably BADASS. i think this may replace Gorguts' Obscura as my favorite metal album ever at some point

    20 Feb 11:42pm Reply
  • Covenantt

    Kelly at least still lives in Sarasota: https://twitter.com/Kellyfknshaefer

    8 Feb 1:52pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    All four of their albums are really amazing (apart from the godawful production on Jupiter). Does anyone know if these guys still live in Sarasota? I've never seen info about them playing a show here :(

    8 Feb 7:35am Reply
  • SixteenSaltines

    Man i need to listen to Elements again.

    6 Feb 1:55pm Reply
  • SixteenSaltines

    Holy fucking shit. Piece of Time and Unquestionable Presence both, are so goddamn good.

    6 Feb 1:54pm Reply
  • Thrashaszasz

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsmvbD3Vy8U Tech/ Progressive Death from Poland with old school Florida sound ! Inspired by DEATH,ATHEIST,CYNIC,PESTILENCE and many more ;) Check this out ! Song from our debut EP entitled : BLINDED THOUGHTS !

    3 Feb 10:51pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Personally not a fan of Elements. It's good and all but it's a bit boring in my opinion, I really tried to get into it, listened to it countless times but it just didn't 'click' with me. Though, I'll always say they're one of the best technical/progressive death metal bands, for Piece of Time and Unquestionable Presence alone!

    30 Jan 3:14am Reply
  • qlacs

    @ Covenantt : You spotted it, congrats. Good thing though for Chuck he made his own version! .) Also, Elements is total genius album. To be honest, looking at the death metal grass now, Jupiter comes accross as an oak tree too...

    26 Jan 4:12pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Is there really gonna be a new album?

    24 Jan 9:59pm Reply
  • Los_Bybys

    The logo looks like it's made out of cheese.

    23 Jan 10:42pm Reply
  • alex011997

    Chic progressive death metal with elements of fusion.

    17 Jan 2:20pm Reply
  • progfly

    unquestionable masterpiece

    17 Jan 5:06am Reply
  • owlboss

    http://www.lastfm.com.tr/music/Atheist/+images/96022039

    12 Jan 1:08am Reply
  • Covenantt

    Elements is a bit overlooked album, the second best death metal album I have heard, only Unquestionable Presence is better. Love the funky bass playing on the album.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    Elements is a genius death metal album

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Covenantt

    Completely forgot about that, you're right.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
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