History Music / Atheist

27th Jul '16 10:33:16 PM gewunomox
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Atheist is a TechnicalDeathMetal band from Florida. Indeed, a pretty good argument could be made that they are ''the'' Tech Death band, along with Music/{{Death}} and {{Cynic}}, the latter being frequently compared to Atheist. In a sub-genre obsessed with brutality and authenticity, it may be surprising that one of the most acclaimed bands is a difficult, jazz-influenced band, but nevertheless, Atheist is one of the few bands that is regarded by almost all metalheads as genuinely great.

Atheist formed in 1984, first as Oblivion, and later as R.A.V.A.G.E. At this point their sound had a great deal more in common with ThrashMetal than DeathMetal, which didn't even really exist yet. Nevertheless, traces of their Jazz influence could still be found in the music of that era. They released their first album, ''Piece of Time'', in 1989. By this point, they had established their signature style of Death Metal/Jazz Fusion. While they were critically acclaimed and highly influential, early audiences expected them to sound more like CannibalCorpse, which they toured with at least once, and they were frequently booed by said audiences.

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Atheist is a TechnicalDeathMetal band from Florida. Indeed, a pretty good argument could be made that they are ''the'' Tech Death band, along with Music/{{Death}} and {{Cynic}}, Music/{{Cynic}}, the latter being frequently compared to Atheist. In a sub-genre obsessed with brutality and authenticity, it may be surprising that one of the most acclaimed bands is a difficult, jazz-influenced band, but nevertheless, Atheist is one of the few bands that is regarded by almost all metalheads as genuinely great.

Atheist formed in 1984, first as Oblivion, and later as R.A.V.A.G.E. At this point their sound had a great deal more in common with ThrashMetal than DeathMetal, which didn't even really exist yet. Nevertheless, traces of their Jazz influence could still be found in the music of that era. They released their first album, ''Piece of Time'', in 1989. By this point, they had established their signature style of Death Metal/Jazz Fusion. While they were critically acclaimed and highly influential, early audiences expected them to sound more like CannibalCorpse, Music/CannibalCorpse, which they toured with at least once, and they were frequently booed by said audiences.



Before finally breaking up in 1993, Atheist recorded one last album for contractual purposes. ''Elements'', released in 1993, was perhaps even more important to Technical Death Metal than their previous albums. Released alongside Death's ''Individual Thought Patterns'' and Cynic's ''Focus'', it made 1993 a very good year for Tech Death. Upping the Jazz influence, it even contained an instrumental with no metal influence (Samba Briza), though it still managed to rock every bit as hard as anything before it. The band broke up after releasing it, by this point widely regarded as one of the finest Metal bands of their day, both by old-school purists and fans of the emerging technical/experimental genres that would develop during the 90s and beyond.

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Before finally breaking up in 1993, Atheist recorded one last album for contractual purposes. ''Elements'', released in 1993, was perhaps even more important to Technical Death Metal than their previous albums. Released alongside Death's ''Individual Thought Patterns'' and Cynic's ''Focus'', it made 1993 a very good year for Tech Death. Upping the Jazz influence, it even contained an instrumental with no metal influence (Samba Briza), though it still managed to rock every bit as hard as anything before it. The band broke up after releasing it, by this point widely regarded as one of the finest Metal bands of their day, both by old-school purists and fans of the emerging technical/experimental technical / experimental genres that would develop during the 90s '90s and beyond.




!!Atheist provides the following trope examples:

* AuthorAppeal - Aside from nature, Atheist generally loves transcendental lyrics that focus on [[Franchise/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy life, the universe, and everything]], with "Enthralled in Essence" being a good example.

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!! Atheist
provides the following trope examples:

* AuthorAppeal - AuthorAppeal: Aside from nature, Atheist generally loves transcendental lyrics that focus on [[Franchise/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy life, the universe, and everything]], with "Enthralled in Essence" being a good example.



* [[ContemptibleCover Contemptible Photo]] - While the covers have aged well, most of the band photos (including the one at the top) are better suited to a HairMetal band than any death metal band.

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* [[ContemptibleCover Contemptible Photo]] - Photo]]: While the covers have aged well, most of the band photos (including the one at the top) are better suited to a HairMetal band than any death metal band. band.



* GreenAesop - While most of their nature songs avert this, "Mother Man" plays it straight, which is a bit odd for death metal.

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* GreenAesop - GreenAesop: While most of their nature songs avert this, "Mother Man" plays it straight, which is a bit odd for death metal. metal.



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - Either a hard 9 or a soft 10.
* MotorMouth - "Life"

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Either a hard 9 or a soft 10.
* MotorMouth - "Life"MotorMouth: "Life".



* ReligionRantSong - "No Truth", "Fraudulent Cloth", "Faux King Christ". Really, what did you expect considering the band's name?

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* ReligionRantSong - ReligionRantSong: "No Truth", "Fraudulent Cloth", "Faux King Christ". Really, what did you expect considering the band's name?



* TechnicalDeathMetal - One of the first bands of the genre, possibly ''the'' first.

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* TechnicalDeathMetal - TechnicalDeathMetal: One of the first bands of the genre, possibly ''the'' first.
31st Mar '16 3:25:41 PM aye_amber
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8th Jan '16 6:19:27 PM Metalhead14
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The band has gotten back together, and released a new album in 2010, called ''Jupiter''. It's noticeably heavier than their older albums, but other than that, nothing's really changed. They have just started making a 5th album, which they hope to release sometime in 2015.

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The band has gotten back together, and released a new album in 2010, called ''Jupiter''. It's noticeably heavier than their older albums, but other than that, nothing's really changed. They have just started making a 5th album, which they hope hoped to release sometime in 2015.2015, but as of January 2016, it has not yet been finished.
21st Mar '15 6:59:27 PM CassandraLeo
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* LoudnessWar: ''Jupiter'' was a particularly {{egregious}} example of this; while Jason Suecof, who produced it, is notorious for this in general, this is a special case. Word on the street was that he was going for a "raw" production; his idea of one involved horribly inconsistent instrument levels that varied from song to song, leading to such wonderful things as the rhythm guitar track almost completely drowning out the lead. To add insult to injury, the bass, one of the chief elements of Atheist's sound, was almost COMPLETELY inaudible. Oh, and the whole thing was brickwalled to [[Music/{{Metallica}} Death Magnetic]] levels. ''Jupiter'' as a whole was fairly divisive, but one thing that everyone agreed on was that the production was inexcusably awful.

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* LoudnessWar: ''Jupiter'' was a particularly {{egregious}} example of this; while Jason Suecof, who produced it, is notorious for this in general, this is a special case. Word on the street was that he was going for a "raw" production; his idea of one involved horribly inconsistent instrument levels that varied from song to song, leading to such wonderful things as the rhythm guitar track almost completely drowning out the lead. To add insult to injury, the bass, one of the chief elements of Atheist's sound, was almost COMPLETELY inaudible. Oh, and the whole thing was brickwalled to [[Music/{{Metallica}} Death Magnetic]] levels. ''Jupiter'' as a whole was fairly divisive, but one thing that everyone agreed on was that the production was inexcusably awful. Sadly, Suecof will be producing their upcoming album as well, so we can expect another round of this.
24th Oct '14 12:14:57 PM Magmortar75
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* LoudnessWar: ''Jupiter'' was a particularly {{egregious}} example of this; while Jason Suecof, who produced it, is notorious for this in general, this is a special case. Word on the street was that he was going for a "raw" production; his idea of one involved horribly inconsistent instrument levels that varied from song to song, leading to such wonderful things as the rhythm guitar track almost completely drowning out the lead. To add insult to injury, the bass, one of the chief elements of Atheist's sound, was almost COMPLETELY inaudible. Oh, and the whole thing was brickwalled to Death Magnetic levels. ''Jupiter'' as a whole was fairly divisive, but one thing that everyone agreed on was that the production was inexcusably awful.

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* LoudnessWar: ''Jupiter'' was a particularly {{egregious}} example of this; while Jason Suecof, who produced it, is notorious for this in general, this is a special case. Word on the street was that he was going for a "raw" production; his idea of one involved horribly inconsistent instrument levels that varied from song to song, leading to such wonderful things as the rhythm guitar track almost completely drowning out the lead. To add insult to injury, the bass, one of the chief elements of Atheist's sound, was almost COMPLETELY inaudible. Oh, and the whole thing was brickwalled to [[Music/{{Metallica}} Death Magnetic Magnetic]] levels. ''Jupiter'' as a whole was fairly divisive, but one thing that everyone agreed on was that the production was inexcusably awful.
18th Jun '14 6:23:53 PM MorgenReiter
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* TropeMaker

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* TropeMakerTropeMaker: For TechnicalDeathMetal, alongside Music/{{Cynic}}, Music/{{Death}}, and Nocturnus.
16th Jun '14 3:55:08 PM Metalhead14
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The band has gotten back together, and released a new album in 2010, called ''Jupiter''. It's noticeably heavier than their older albums, but other than that, nothing's really changed.

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The band has gotten back together, and released a new album in 2010, called ''Jupiter''. It's noticeably heavier than their older albums, but other than that, nothing's really changed. They have just started making a 5th album, which they hope to release sometime in 2015.
12th May '14 11:57:53 PM NemuruMaeNi
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* [[FiveManBand Four Man Band]]: Classic lineup:
** TheLeader: Kelly Shaefer
** TheLancer: Rand Burkey
** TheBigGuy: Roger Patterson
** TheSmartGuy: Steve Flynn
7th Feb '14 9:55:27 PM CassandraLeo
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Lyrically, Atheist had little in common with their contemporaries, and anticipated many more contemplative Metal bands. By ''Unquestionable Presence'', their lyrics looked to the future, to ethereal and esoteric imaginings no doubt influenced by marijuana. ''Elements'', on the other hand, focuses on nature, and specifically, on descriptions of various so-called elemental forces, though not limited to traditional ones. In this respect, they are perhaps more similar to ambient Black Metal bands such as WolvesInTheThroneRoom or {{Drudkh}}, which deal quite often with nature, than they are to other Death Metal bands, which focus on gore and brutality far more than natural elements.

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Lyrically, Atheist had little in common with their contemporaries, and anticipated many more contemplative Metal bands. By ''Unquestionable Presence'', their lyrics looked to the future, to ethereal and esoteric imaginings no doubt influenced by marijuana. ''Elements'', on the other hand, focuses on nature, and specifically, on descriptions of various so-called elemental forces, though not limited to traditional ones. In this respect, they are perhaps more similar to ambient Black Metal bands such as WolvesInTheThroneRoom Music/WolvesInTheThroneRoom or {{Drudkh}}, Music/{{Drudkh}}, which deal quite often with nature, than they are to other Death Metal bands, which focus on gore and brutality far more than natural elements.
31st Jul '13 10:09:17 PM JIKTV
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* [[ContemptibleCover Contemptible Photo]] - While the covers have aged well, most of the band photos (including the one at the top) are better suited to a GlamMetal band than any death metal band.

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* [[ContemptibleCover Contemptible Photo]] - While the covers have aged well, most of the band photos (including the one at the top) are better suited to a GlamMetal HairMetal band than any death metal band.
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