Origin: Sarasota, FL, USA
Genres: Death Metal
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Atheist were one of the mainstays of the Florida death metal scene of the late eighties, and by the time of their third album they had evolved into what they themselves term "death/jazz". Indeed, that third album, Elements, is often noted alongside Cynic's Focus as classics in the progressive/fusion/death metal field. By the mid-nineties the typical internal differences led to the band breaking up, with Vocalist Kelly Shaefer eventually forming the more rock-oriented band Neurotica. Finally, after years of speculation, Shaefer and crew are back together and playing select dates.

Current Members

Kelly Shaefer

vocals (ex-Neurotica)

Jason Holloway


Christopher Martin


Tony Choy

bass (ex-Pestilence)

Steve Flynn

drums (Gnostic)

Former Members/Guests

Rand Burkey


Chris Baker

guitars (Gnostic)

Frank Emmi


Sonny Carson

guitars (Gnostic)

Jonathan Thompson

guitars/bass (Gnostic)

Roger Patterson

bass RIP: February 12, 1991, car accident, age 23

Josh Greenbaum



Piece Of Time 
1989 Active
  1. Piece Of Time
  2. Unholy War
  3. Room With A View
  4. On They Slay
  5. Beyond
  6. I Deny
  7. Why Bother
  8. Life
  9. No Truth
  • Kelly Shaefer
  • Rand Burkey
  • Roger Patterson
  • Steve Flynn

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

Unquestionable Presence 
1991 Active
  1. Mother Man
  2. Unquestionable Presence
  3. Your Life's Retribution
  4. Enthralled In Essence
  5. An Incarnation's Dream
  6. The Formative Years
  7. Brains
  8. And The Psychic Saw
  • Kelly Shaefer
  • Rand Burkey
  • Tony Choy
  • Steve Flynn

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

1993 Metal Blade
  1. Green
  2. Water
  3. Samba Briza
  4. Air
  5. Displacement
  6. Animal
  7. Mineral
  8. Fire
  9. Fractal Point
  10. Earth
  11. See You Again
  12. Elements
  • Kelly Shaefer
  • Rand Burkey
  • Frank Emmi
  • Tony Choy
  • Josh Greenbaum

Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken 
2009 Relapse
  1. Unquestionable Presence
  2. On the Slay
  3. Unholy War
  4. Your Life's Retribution
  5. An Incarnation's Dream
  6. Mother Man
  7. And The Psychic Saw
  8. Piece Of Time
  9. Piece Of Time
  10. I Deny
  11. Unholy War
  12. Room With A View
  13. Mother Man
  14. Unquestionable Presence
  15. And The Psychic Saw
  16. An Incarnation's Dream
  17. Mineral
  18. Water
  19. Air
  • Kelly Shaefer
  • Chris Baker
  • Sonny Carson
  • Tony Choy
  • Steve Flynn

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Lords Of Metal 

2010 Season Of Mist
  1. Second To Sun
  2. Fictitious Glide
  3. Fraudulent Cloth
  4. Live And Live Again
  5. Faux King Christ
  6. Tortoise The Titan
  7. When The Beast
  8. Third Person
  • Kelly Shaefer
  • Chris Baker
  • Jonathan Thompson
  • Steve Flynn

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 


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