Atheist frontman Kelly Shaefer has issued the following update:
"After a year's worth of shredding and writing non-stop Atheist metal, in the last 10 weeks I wrote a bunch of tunes that are very far from metal. They are just sketches with friends, but for those with an open mind, I welcome you to check them out and your feedback is welcome. They are just demos, and mostly acoustic, don't bitch at me about it, haha.
I have plenty of metal for you all when this Atheist record hits, and recording starts July 5th, but for now something different. A calm before the storm perhaps.
Kelly Shaefer & Friends is the new site where I will post all of these new collabs with piano players, sax and cello players and all my friends who enjoy writing music of many different colors. I do plan on making an albums worth of material in 2012 that will be a "Kelly" record, and it will be all over the place style-wise." Click here to listen to those songs.
On another more exciting note, Atheist will be hitting the studio in just over a week to record their first studio album in over 17 years. In 1994 Atheist split up only to re-form again in 2006. In 2009 the band recorded a live album at the Wacken Open Air festival and shortly after announced a new record was in the works. In order to meet deadlines and make scheduling work, the band had to cancel several appearances this summer including Hellfest and a few surrounding clubs. The album is slated tentatively for a late 2010 release followed by a 2011 world tour. We’ll have more information about that as the story unfolds.