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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2005

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LP 1. Piece of Time

1. Piece of Time (4:30)
2. Unholy War (2:18)
3. Room With a View (4:06)
4. On They Slay (3:38)
5. Beyond (3:00)
6. I Deny (4:01)
7. Why Bother (2:54)
8. Life (3:09)
9. No Truth (4:29)

Total Time 32:10

LP 2. Unquestionable Presence

1. Mother Man (4:34)
2. Unquestionable Presence (4:07)
3. Your Life's Retribution (3:17)
4. Enthralled In Essence (3:38)
5. An Incarnation's Dream (4:53)
6. The Formative Years (3:30)
7. Brains (3:41)
8. And The Psychic Saw (4:45)

Total Time: 32:25

LP 3. Elements

1. Green (3:21)
2. Water (4:27)
3. Samba Briza (1:57)
4. Air (5:32)
5. Displacement (1:23)
6. Animal (4:10)
7. Mineral (4:32)
8. Fire (4:36)
9. Fractal Point (0:43)
10. Earth (3:41)
11. See You Again (1:16)
12. Elements (5:35)

Total Time: 41:41

7ī EP. On They Slay

1. On They Slay (4:06)
2. Brain Damage (4:49)
3. Undefiled Wisdom (4:30)

Total Time 13:25

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Line-up / Musicians


Lineup LP 1. Piece of Time

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

Lineup LP 2. Unquestionable Presence

- Kelly Shaefer / vocals, guitar
- Rand Burkey / guitar
- Tony Choy / bass
- Steve Flynn / drums

Lineup LP 3. Elements

- Randy Burkey / guitar
- Tony Choy / guitar, bass
- Marcell Dissantos / drums
- Frank Emmi / guitar
- Josh Greenbaym / drums
- Kelly Shaefer / rhythm guitar, vocals
- David Smadbeck / piano

Lineup 7ī EP. On They Slay

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

Releases information

LP box-set featuring the three first studio albums by Atheist: Piece of Time, Unquestionable Presence and Elements. There is also a 7īEp by the pre-Atheist act R.A.V.A.G.E. included in the box-set.

Label: Relapse Records.
Release Date: 19th of July 2005.
Limited to 1000 copies.

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Review by UMUR
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5 stars "Atheist - The Collection" is a vinyl box-set release by legendary US, Florida based technical/ progressive death/ thrash metal act Atheist. The box-set was released in 2005 by Relapse Records and it is limited to 1000 copies. "Atheist - The Collection" contains the three early nineties groundbreaking album releases by Atheist on vinyl: "Piece of Time (1990)", "Unquestionable Presence (1991)" and "Elements (1993)". In addition to the three LPs thereīs an added bonus 7īEP called "On They Slay" by the pre-Atheist act R.A.V.A.G.E. (Raging Atheists Vowing A Gory End) included in the box-set.

Atheist are without a doubt one of the most unique progressive extreme metal acts around. One of those few acts that others measure themselves by. The band started out using the R.A.V.A.G.E. name and the "On They Slay" 7īEP, which was recorded with the same lineup that recorded "Piece of Time", was originally released as a demo cassette tape in 1987. The band changed their name to Atheist soon after that and the first release under the Atheist monicker was the 1988 "Beyond" demo cassette tape. I find it a bit strange that "On They Slay" have been included on the box-set and not "Beyond" but I guess the former is the most rare item and probably the one most hardcore fans would be interested in. It has an important historical value but quality wise I consider it a bonus and not exactly the biggest treat included in box-set. Atheist, or R.A.V.A.G.E. if you will, showed great energy and promise on the demo but it was with "Piece of Time" that the band really showed the world what a unique act they were. "Piece of Time" mostly consists of old re-recorded demo material and itīs an intense technical death/ thrash album. Pretty rough around the edges but greatly enjoyable. Especially two songs stand out on the album and point towards the even more progressive sound of later albums. The title track and "I Deny".

Tragedy struck on the 12th of February 1991 when the band were involved in a touring van accident that took the life of bassist Roger Patterson. The band had layed down some demos of songs that would make up the bulk of the material on their second album "Unquestionable Presence" (those demos are included as bonus tracks on the 2005 Relapse Records CD remaster of "Unquestionable Presence") and after a period of grief they opted to continue the band and hired former Cynic bassist Tony Choy to complete the lineup. The result is the groundbreaking and IMO fantastic fusion influenced technical/ progressive death/ thrash metal release "Unquestionable Presence". With a playing time of 32:25 minutes this is one of the most compact, intense and technical metal albums out there. At the time it was released the only other act that had made anything resembling the fusion influenced technical metal style on this album was Watchtower. A band that Atheist openly admitted being great fans of.

The third full-length studio album "Elements" was recorded without founding member and drummer Steve Flynn but adds a third guitarist to the lineup in Frank Emmi. The drums on the album are played by session musicians. Again Atheist added new elements to their sound and again they produced a groundbreaking tech/ extreme prog metal album. Adding even more fusion elements but also latin inspired rythms to their style made "Elements" the extremely unique album it is. Itīs not quite as aggressive in nature as the two preceeding albums but itīs the bandīs most eclectic release and probably their most progressive too.

While there are no bonus features on the three LPs compared to the original CD releases thereīs always the question of the more deep and warm sound on an LP compared to a CD, but much really has to do with the equipment you use IMO.

Having followed and been a dedicated fan of Atheist since the early nineties Iīm to be honest very ecstatic about this box-set release. Even though this is very much a fan item, the music contained in the box-set and the idea behind the box-set are great and "Atheist - The Collection" fully deserves a 5 star rating.

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