Pioneering Sarasota death metal band Atheist reissues three albums

A French metal label gave the LPs the colored vinyl treatment.

Pioneering Sarasota death metal band Atheist reissues three albums
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Atheist already has a beer named after it, but the pioneering Sarasota death metal band has taken another step towards reintroducing itself to music nerds by linking up with French indie imprint Season of Mist for the reissue of three albums that influenced bands like Death, Dillinger Escape Plan, Necrophagist and Spiral Architect.

Piece of Time — Atheist’s 1989 debut, home to classic songs like the title track “On They Slay” and “I Deny” — is on yellow vinyl while 1991’s Unquestionable Presence (the last album to feature deceased bassist Roger Patterson) got pressed on blue vinyl. Atheist’s 1993 jazz, funk and Latin-influenced masterpiece Elements is on purple wax.

Atheist disbanded after Elements, but frontman Kelly Shaefer and drummer Steve Flynn reconnected and released a fourth album, Jupiter, in 2010.

Call your local record store to see if it’s carrying the reissues. Listen to Elements below.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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