Vocalist Kelly Shaefer of the reactivated seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST has issued the following update:"Since our return to the scene in 2006, so many from all over the world have written such great notes of inspiration to us through replies to blogs, or through emails, but I would like to create more of a community of people sharing the thoughts that you send to us, and post them on our comments page as opposed to replies to blogs, in the months leading up to the release of the most important record we will ever make, in my humble opinion. Those comments will help drive this ship to new lands (if I could borrow from ROBERT PLANT). Myself and the others in the band will participate as well in discussions about the record on the comments page about your experience with our music, some of the things you write are amazing and I wish more people could hear them, and what level of participation our music has had in the soundtrack to your particular lives, and paths. "In the early days of ATHEIST, we would correspond with one another through photocopied fanzines and letters back and forth, and that was the best! Now, it only makes sense, with the development of the Internet to parlay that into this medium, and it's waaaaay easier, old-school fuckers will tell you that. "We look forward to your opinions and thoughts on the band, we will be reading!!!!! Those with the coolest and most interesting thoughts, and opinions, will find themselves handpicked by us to be backstage chilling with us at upcoming shows in every city we perform in during our tour 2009! "Thanks for all of your motivating words, and we hope to satisfy the metal masses with some sick ass technical brutality!" 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. Professionally filmed video footage of ATHEIST performing the song "And the Psychic Saw" at the Wacken Open Air 2006 festival in Wacken, Germany can be viewed below.
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