Posts Tagged ‘ATHEIST’


September 26th, 2011

70000TONS TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don’t believe in signs, in fact they don’t believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast…


Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!


So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:




























70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.


Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!


What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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October 15th, 2010

Earlier this week, Anso DF of MetalSucks unveiled part one of his epic two-part interview with legendary guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer of Atheist and Neurotica. Amongst other topics, Shaefer discussed Atheist’s new album, Jupiter, his lyric-writing process,  locking horns with Death’s Chuck Schuldiner, drugs, the genius of James Hetfield, and how Atheist represents a “different kind of technical metal.”
An excerpt follows:
At this point, it’s a matter of record that the instrumentation of Atheist is amazing, right? Adding a confrontational personality throughout the lyrics serves to elevate Atheist to an even higher plane. It’s like chocolate on ice cream. Or fresh raspberries in cereal. Better!

[laughs] You know, there was a question poised to me 20 years ago: “How is this music going to survive?” And my answer was always that people need to learn how to play their instruments. That’s probably an easy statement to make, but it was something I felt really strongly about. In order for extreme metal to make it as a valid genre of music that would have classic qualities to it 20 years later, it’d have to up the level of musicianship. And that’s exactly what happened. And 20 years ago, I didn’t think we’d make it here and people would still be talking about this music now.

You can see that in the early career of Chuck Schuldiner [of Death] — very basic, very simple, with more of a shock factor than instrumentalism. As the story is told, Death gets a lot of credit for being one of the bands that broke into technical metal. Purists and people who were there back in the day know that that’s not necessarily true. I give him all the credit in the world; Chuck is the godfather of Death Metal, without a doubt. So in order for the genre to survive this far, if anybody needed to turn and introduce more musicianship into their band, it was Death. They had so much influence on all the young bands coming up. So by Chuck recognizing that musicianship would be key, it became easier for fans to accept bands like Atheist. I love Chuck for that. I love the fact that he finally got it. But if you look back at the old magazines, he was not a fan of Atheist at all. We had many, many verbal confrontations at Morrisound Studios and through magazines. His argument was always that jazz has no place in metal. “Those guys [in Atheist] don’t even listen to metal,” he used to say.

Really? Is that true?

Oh my god, yeah! He says all that then gets Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert [both of Cynic] in his band. So his opinion changed. That’s okay. I don’t chain him to that in any way. He was smart enough to recognize it. He never admitted that he was wrong, but the music admitted he was wrong, from Human on. He knew to go get the best musicians. That was most important — not the guy with the most evil hair, or the biggest upside cross, or the guy who watches the most horror movies. He fucking got Gene Hoglan, Paul Masvidal, Steve DiGiorgio, Sean Reinert … all these guys who could play their asses off. So I tip my hat to him for that.

Read the rest of the interview at the below URL. Part two will be unveiled Monday.

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Jalometalli 2009

October 20th, 2009




The Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival has gained its status as well as place on the Finnish festival map. Although there are plenty of metal oriented festivals arranged all around in Finland, the Jalometalli festival has found its own style and approach in the metal festival offering in Finland. It doesn’t rely on the current hot names on the market like Volbeat and so on, instead the festival offers a more interesting line-up mostly consisting of old school thrash metal and of course death and black metal by having bands which have either never or rarely visited Finland. Especially several 80s thrash metal legends such as Whiplash, Agent Steel have never been seen on the soil of Finland. Now it is about time. Therefore the team made a real assault at Jalometalli by witnessing plenty of killer bands and seeing the general atmosphere and here is the result.

                           Article by Niko Karppinen, Arto Lehtinen, Luxi Lahtinen

                                                     Pics by Arto Lehtinen

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ATHEIST – Kelly Shaefer & Steve Flynn

September 17th, 2009

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Interview with ATHEIST´s Kelly Shaefer and Steve Flynn

Interview and live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

Thanks to Andy Osborn for the transcription

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The Floridian jazz-tinged tech-deathsters Atheist, disbanded in 1994, but 12 years later, decided to resurrect the band back from the dead. Since then lots of things have happened for the band. Atheist signed to the French Season of Mist label (as well as Gnostic, featuring three members from the Atheist camp). Then they hired a young, but very talented rookie named Jonathan Thompson to play the second guitar in the band, and have done quite a lot of an intensive touring for the last couple of years – playing at as many festivals as possible, added with some well selected clubs gigs as well.

On August 15th 2009, Atheist finally hit the Finnish soil for the very first time during their whole history, performing an exclusive show at Jalometalli festival in Oulu, which many consider a true mecca for the Finnish metal. Just 2 hours before the show, I managed to hook up with both Atheist frontman Kelly Shaefer and skin basher Steve Flynn, who both shedded some light on what´s going on in the Atheist camp at the moment – telling when people can expect a new album from them and so on.

So guys, to get started…

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Kelly Shaefer of ATHEIST

August 24th, 2005

Kelly Shaefer of ATHEIST
Interviewed in Feb. 2000 by EvilG
Thanks to Nathan Robinson for helping out with the questions! 

Atheist are one of the more influential yet under-rated technical death metal bands of the early 90’s. Unfortunately, the band dissolved in 1994 and now ten years after the band’s first release people are just starting to get it now. In the coming months Atheist’s three CD’s – Piece of Time (1989), Unquestionable Presence (1991) and Elements (1993) will be re-released. The vocalist for Atheist, Kelly Shaefer, recently spoke with with us at length concerning Atheist and to a lesser degree about his new band Neurotica which was formed in 1994 as a (then) side-project.

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