"Atheist" is a technical/progressive death metal band from Florida, USA, founded in 1984, first under the name "Oblivion" and later "R.A.V.A.G.E." (which stands for ''Raging Atheists Vowing A Gory End''), whose music was technical and sometimes reminiscent of jazz. They combined brutal riffs with subtle latin music arrangements and jazz breakdowns.
They recorded their debut album, ''Piece of Time'', in 1988, but had to wait until 1989 to release it. In 1991, bassist Roger Patterson died in a car accident and Atheist recruited Tony Choy to record their second album, the now classic ''Unquestionable Presence''. Atheist disbanded for the first time in 1992, reuniting in 1993 and recording their last album ''Elements'' before disbanding for the second time.
Kelly Schaefer played with Neurotica until 2002. Tony Choy played in a number of other bands, including Pestilence and Cynic.
Relapse Records re-issued the band's three albums in late 2005, as well as a vinyl box set containing the three albums plus the R.A.V.A.G.E. demo ''On They Slay''. Former drummer Steve Flynn has recently re-emerged in a new band called Gnostic http://www.gnosticmusic.com.
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|Background||group or band|
|Genre||technical death metal|
|Years active||1984 – 1992, 1993, 2006 -|