Progressive death metal legends ATHEIST are proud to announce they are heading on tour this summer with co-headliners CYNIC on 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 3 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’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 to celebrate 30 years of our first three albums Piece of TimeUnquestionable 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. I’ve just returned from rehearsals in San Diego with these beasts and joining returning bassist Yoav-Ruiz Feingold (Graviton) and myself to round out Atheist are Dylan Marks (Fermentor/Beekeeper) on drums, Alex Hadaad (
Arkaik/Dessiderium) on guitar and Jerry Witunsky (Ancient Death) on guitar.

“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!!”

General admission tickets for the tour will be available for purchase this Friday, April 28th at 9 AM PST/ 12 PM EST. Purchase tickets here:

Confirmed dates for ATHEIST and CYNIC‘s “FOCUS AND PRESENCE TOUR 2023” presented by Pull The PlugPatches are:
6/10/23: Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
6/11/23: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
6/12/23: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/13/23: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
6/14/23: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
6/16/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
6/17/23: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
6/19/23: Portland, OR @ Bossonova Ballroom
6/20/23: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
6/21/23: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/23/23: Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell
6/24/23: Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
6/25/23: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
6/26/23: Milwaukee, WI @ X-Ray Arcade
6/27/23: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
6/29/23: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
6/30/23: Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
7/01/23: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place
7/02/23: Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière
7/03/23: Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theater
7/05/23: Boston, MA @ Middle-East Downstairs
7/06/23: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
7/07/23: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
7/08/23: Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
7/09/23: 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 here:


Pre-order the albums on the vinyl or CD of your choice here:

Earlier this year, ATHEIST re-released their entire discography, comprised of 4 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:

Piece of Time (1990)

Unquestionable Presence (1991) 

Elements (1993) 

Jupiter (2010)

Pre-order the albums on the vinyl or CD of your choice here:

Listen to ATHEIST’s discography at the link below:


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