After completing four successful shows in the last three weeks — including a co-headlining concert with OBITUARY at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles and a headlining appearance at Chicago Powerfest, plus two club shows in Tampa and Miami (which saw a "who's who" of metal legends in attendance, such as Jack Owen [DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE], Pete Sandoval [MORBID ANGEL], Ben Meyer [NASTY SAVAGE] and Mike Browning [NOCTURNUS]) — reactivated seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have announced that they will perform in Bucharest, Romania at The Live Metal Club on June 21. The band will also appear at this year's Hellfest in France on June 23 as well as Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium on June 22.
Commented ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer: "We wanted to get a show on that side of the planet in hopes that it will help the folks in Turkey, and surrounding areas get a chance to see the band before we wrap it up. We have always received a tremendous amount of support from that part of the world, and it was very important that we be able to book a show in Romania! We look forward to seeing you all in June!"
In January 2006, Kelly Shaefer reassembled much of what was widely considered ATHEIST's classic recording lineup (Shaefer, bassist Tony Choy, and drummer Steven Flynn) to perform a select number of one-off shows to celebrate the re-issue of their wildly-influential catalog (1988's "Piece of Time", 1993's "Elements", and the 1991's legendary "Unquestionable Presence"). Among those shows were performances at such legendary festivals such as Germany's Wacken Open Air, Norway's Hole In The Sky, Italy's Evolution, England's Bloodstock Open Air, and the Los Angeles' Murderfest.