Piece of Time
ATHEIST

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Album · 1989

Filed under Death Metal

Tracklist

1. Piece of Time (4:32)
2. Unholy War (2:18)
3. Room With a View (4:05)
4. On They Slay (3:37)
5. Beyond (2:59)
6. I Deny (3:59)
7. Why Bother? (2:55)
8. Life (3:12)
9. No Truth (4:28)

Total Time: 32:10

Line-up/Musicians

- Kelly Shaefer / vocals, guitar
- Rand Burkey / guitar
- Roger Patterson / bass
- Steve Flynn / drums

About this release

Rereleased in 2002 by EMG Entertainment and later in 2005 by Relapse Records.

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Warthur
Atheist's debut album is an intriguing hint at what was to come. Though incorporating a wider range of influences and a tricker variety of time signatures than typical death metal groups of the era, the band's sound was at this point still rooted in the genre's typical sound (the more technical end of it, at any rate) and hadn't yet brought their avant-garde jazz influences to the fore as they would on Unquestionable Presence. What you get on Piece of Time, then, is a bizarre mixture of well-performed death metal with the occasional jazzy or proggy interjection inserted here or there.

Blink and you'll miss 'em, and might be left thinking "Wait, did Roger Patterson just play a Chris Squire bassline or am I just hearing things?", but pay attention and Piece of Time will unveil more and more signs that it's more than just another response to Possessed. Still, even more experimental territory was coming up.
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Genre: progressive thrash/death metal

Back in the 90s death metal became so big in the underground that it degenerated into a generic mass of completely unimpressive bands who merely aped eachother and copied the leading death metal acts. But there were, thankfully, bands like Atheist, Cynic and Death that really stood out from the crowd.

On this, their debut release, Atheist succesfully integrate elements from influences such as Rush, Slayer and Mercyful Fate into their own progressive thrash/death metal style. Especially the basslines are interesting and complex, and a lot of the guitar riffage is based upon the basslines, and the combination of technical proggy riffs with simple Slayeresque thrash riffs make "Piece of Time" an interesting listen.

Fans of proressive metal and fans of thrash metal and early death metal should like this album, which, compared to later releases, still is quite accessible to the thrash and death metal audience.

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Vobiscum
Recorded in 1988, released in Europe in 1989 and the U.S. in 1990, "Piece of Time" joins the "death metal" elements with "progressive". The outcome is exquisite. The sound is surprising because until then I had only learned of bands of "death metal" that did not have great rhythmic variation. The band's name already exposes the ideological issue in their letters. With "Kelly Shaefer" on vocals and guitar, and primary lyricist, and also "Rand Burkey" on the other guitar, "Steve Flynn" in the sticks and finally bassist "Roger Patterson", the band showed quality work unquestionable and with a vision beyond his time. "Roger Patterson" stands taken by the sound of your bass, the guitar riffs are the bridge between "death metal" and "progressive", and rhythmic changes made ​​by the drummer. In fact the strong point of this album, the band itself is innovation. "Piece of Time" is an album of short tracks, but full of quality and musicianship. If at times the sound exposes his side "death metal" on the other side so complex exposes more "progressive".

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