Search Destroy conducted an interview with vocalist Kelly Shaefer of reactivated seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST on April 6, 2011 before the band’s concert in Mexico City with KATAKLYSM. You can now watch the chat below.
ATHEIST canceled its European tour in August due to the fact that drummer Steve Flynn was forced to remain in the U.S. “for an unavoidable personal commitment.”
ATHEIST earlier in the year announced the addition of guitarist Jason Holloway to the group’s ranks following the departure of Jonathan Thompson, who took a job in the medical field. Both Holloway and new ATHEIST bass player Travis Morgan have taken part in the American, and European tour dates thus far on the band’s “Jupiter” world tour and “have brought a lot of new energy to ATHEIST,” according to frontman Kelly Shaefer.
ATHEIST is continuing to support its critically acclaimed new album, “Jupiter”, the band’s first studio CD in 17 years. The effort landed at position No. 88 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Jupiter” was released on November 9, 2010 (one day earlier internationally) via Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded at LedBelly studios in Atlanta, Georgia with engineer Matt Washburn and was mixed by Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER). The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.