ATHEIST Confirmed For Norway's HOLE IN THE SKY Festival

January 23, 2006

Seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST are the second confirmed band for the Hole in the Sky – Bergen Metal Fest VII, set to take place August 23-26 in Bergen, Norway. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are CELTIC FROST. More acts will be announced soon.

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ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer has reassembled what is widely considered the band's classic recording lineup (Shaefer, guitarist Rand Burkey, bassist Tony Choy, and drummer Steven Flynn) for several exclusive festival performances, including Italy's Evolution Festival and Germany's Wacken Open Air.

ATHEIST has recently had its wildly-influential catalog (1988's "Piece of Time", 1993's "Elements", and the 1991's legendary "Unquestionable Presence") reissued internationally via Relapse Records. Additionally, "Unquestionable Presence" was recently featured in Decibel magazine as part of its ongoing Hall of Fame feature. The Hall of Fame feature highlights influential and pivotal releases in metal history, and "Unquestionable Presence" joins of ranks of previously profiled classics such as SLAYER's "Reign In Blood", SEPULTURA's "Roots", and AT THE GATES' "Slaughter of the Soul", among others.

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