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Piece of Time

Piece of Time is the debut album by the technical death metal band Atheist. Although the album was recorded in 1988, it was not officially released (in the United States) until 1990 (although some sources claim it was 1989, causing some confusion over the release date). The reason for this is that the label that Atheist had initially signed with, Mean Machine Records was going bankrupt, and the band had to search for another label. They eventually signed with UK label Active Records, who released their album in Europe soon after. The album didn't get released in the US for another six months, until Metal Blade Records finally arranged a licensing deal with Active Records and released it to the American market in November 1990.
Piece of Time is the only Atheist album to feature bassist Roger Patterson, although he wrote much of the bass on Unquestionable Presence.

Track listing

  1. "Piece of Time" – 4:30
  2. "Unholy War" – 2:19
  3. "Room With a View" – 4:06
  4. "On They Slay" – 3:39
  5. "Beyond" – 3:00
  6. "I Deny" – 4:01
  7. "Why Bother?" – 2:55
  8. "Life" – 3:09
  9. "No Truth" – 4:30

2002 Re-release

In 2002, EMG Entertainment re-released Piece of Time. Originally, EMG Entertainment was supposed to reissue all three Atheist albums, but Kelly Shaefer aborted those plans after only Piece of Time had been reissued. This release had been digitally remastered, and features six bonus tracks.

On They Slay demo

  1. "Undefiled Wisdom" – 4:30
  2. "Brain Damage" – 4:50
  3. "On They Slay" – 4:06

Hell Hath No Mercy demo

  1. "Hell Hath No Mercy" – 2:59
  2. "Choose Your Death" – 3:18
  3. "No Truth" – 4:11

Total Length: 56:05

2005 Re-release

In 2005, Relapse Records re-released Piece of Time, this time along with the rest of Atheist's catalogue. This release has also been digitally remastered, and features nine bonus tracks.

Beyond demo

  1. "No Truth" - 3:34
  2. "On They Slay" - 3:34
  3. "Choose Your Death" - 3:04
  4. "Brain Damage" - 4:10
  5. "Beyond" - 2:53

Hell Hath No Mercy demo

  1. ""Hell Hath No Mercy" – 2:59

On They Slay demo

  1. "On They Slay" – 4:06
  2. "Brain Damage" – 4:50
  3. "Undefiled Wisdom" – 4:30

Credits

Line-up

Production

Producer: Scott Burns and Atheist
Executive producer: Borivoj Krgin
Engineer: Scott Burns
Mastering: Mike Fuller
Cover Art: Ed Repka

Recorded at Morrisound Recording
Mastered at Fuller Sound

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