Atheist and Cynic announce The Focus And Presence Tour
Progressive death metal legends Atheist are proud to announce they are heading on tour this summer with co-headliners Cynic on the The Focus And Presence Tour 2023. The North American trek presented by Pull the Plug Patches will feature the special 30th anniversary sets celebrating 30 years of Cynic’s Focus and Atheist’s Piece of Time, Unquestionable Presence, and Elements releases. The tour will kick off in Austin on June 10th and will make stops in Seattle, Toronto, and Boston before concluding in Greensboro on July 9th.Atheist’s Kelly Shaefer comments, “This tour has been something that Paul (Cynic) and I have been talking about in some capacity since we were in our early 20s. It’s surreal to share a 30-year milestone together, and this tour will showcase for us a chance to play songs from our first three records as a special trilogy anniversary set, including songs not performed live in decades. Two titans of technical progressive metal coming together for a unicorn of a tour… one you will not want to miss!I couldn’t be more excited to perform this special set with such talented players. They have shown tremendous respect for the music and the attention to detail needed to pull off these songs live. Talk is cheap, right? So be sure to secure your tickets early to the ‘Focus and Presence North American Tour 2023’ to see for yourself and help us celebrate alongside our brothers in Cynic who will be performing a special 30th Anniversary Set for their release Focus as well. See you on the road!!” “I’m also excited to announce that joining me on this tour and beyond will be an all-new lineup of Atheist! These four straight killers of musicians will be alongside me as Atheist heads out with Cynic celebrate 30 years of our first three albums Piece of Time, Unquestionable Presence, and turning 30 this year, 1993’s Elements! “We’ll be playing tracks from those three albums exclusively in one of the longest sets we’ve ever done! The set will include several songs that have not been played live in three decades. Purchase tickets here.
The Focus And Presence Tour Dates 2023:6/10/23: Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live6/11/23: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater6/12/23: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad6/13/23: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater6/14/23: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick6/16/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar6/17/23: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom6/19/23: Portland, OR @ Bossonova Ballroom6/20/23: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater6/21/23: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon6/23/23: Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell6/24/23: Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater6/25/23: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck6/26/23: Milwaukee, WI @ X-Ray Arcade6/27/23: Chicago, IL @ Reggies6/29/23: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s6/30/23: Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary7/01/23: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place7/02/23: Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière7/03/23: Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theater7/05/23: Cambridge, MA @ Middle-East Downstairs7/06/23: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge7/07/23: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage7/08/23: Richmond, VA @ Canal Club7/09/23: Greensboro, NC @ Hangar 1819 Stay tuned as more dates will be announced!
Check out each of the band’s collections on Pull The Plug Patches for Atheist and Cynic. Pre-order the albums on the vinyl or CD of your choice here.
Earlier this year, Atheist re-released their entire discography, comprised of four albums that span the band’s 30-year career, on all streaming services worldwide. The return to digital platforms was the first phase of a comprehensive re-issue campaign. The second phase offers their albums in various physical formats with all-new revised layouts. All four studio albums will be available on CD and vinyl on July 14th via Nuclear Blast.Atheist‘s Kelly Shaefer comments, “We are proud to bring the musical catalog of Atheist to the mighty Nuclear Blast. We couldn’t ask for a better place to land the musical creations of Atheist that now span over 30 years. It’s exciting to know that our music will be made available on all formats by the biggest metal label on Earth!”
The albums will be available in the following formats:
– CD Jewelcase
– Red w/ Brown & Yellow Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 1500)
Unquestionable Presence (1991)
– CD Jewelcase
– Sea Blue with Yellow and Light Blue Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 1500)
– CD Jewelcase
– Purple w/ Blue Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 1500)
– CD Jewelcase
– Yellow w/ Blue & Brown Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 1000)
Pre-order the albums on the vinyl or CD of your choice here. Listen to Atheist‘s discography here.
Kelly Shaefer – (Atheist) vocals
Yoav-Ruiz Feingold – (Graviton) bass
Dylan Marks (Fermentor/Beekeeper) – drums
Alex Hadaad (Arkaik/Dessiderium) – guitar
Jerry Witunsky (Ancient Death) – guitar