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ATHEAN set to release new EP
BEHIND THE SCENERY members to release EP of their Progressive Death Metal project ATHEAN

In 2008, Simon Abele (BEHIND THE SCENERY) had the idea of starting a musical project to pay tribute to one of his all-time heroes, the late Chuck Schuldiner (DEATH). So Abele started writing and recording the first ATHEAN material in the vein of the technical period of DEATH.
The stuff was not intended for a professional release at first, but when Simon confronted his former band mate Chris Mrosek with the first demos, they decided to give the project a more professional appeal.
Christoph added his influences, and the music of the yet untitled project evolved gradually from being a pure DEATH tribute. With the addition of BEHIND THE SCENERY vocalist Holger Speidel to the project’s lineup, the songs certainly took a more brutal and aggressive turn. You will still find classical Chuck leads and licks all over the EP, but there are also a lot of hints towards bands like CARCASS and the progressive Melodic Death Metal of the US and Europe in general.
"Good songwriting always has been a primary objective during the whole process”, says Abele. "If you just expect the next over-the-edge dose of 260 bpm blastbeat radicalism, then ATHEAN might be the wrong band for you.
Writing and playing metal is no longer a contest of speed or loudness.
Virtually everything has been said and done here. When Eno, Chris and me created this EP, we wanted everything to be about groove, and the in-depth-shaping of songs in a way that they grow upon repeated listening, regardless of the genre they move in.”
After an instrumental piece called ‘Journey Above the Calm Aeons’, ‘Passage
is the opening track of Athean’s debut EP, featuring a crisp but natural production by Immanuel Rein / Panache Production Studios. ‘Fragmented Convictions’ follows. Interesting footnotes on this one: Mrosek’s lead was heavily inspired by the early PSYCHOTIC WALTZ records, and guest Alex Guth (STORMWARRIOR, AEONS CONFER, BÖRN AGAIN) shreds a really nice solo towards the end of the song. The EP closes with its title track, and if you like bands like the aforementioned later DEATH or CARCASS, with their transparent, eclectic songwriting, you might actually enjoy this recording.
The band’s logo design was handled by Christophe Szpajdel (EMPEROR).
Main-Mast of the Voyaging Earth’ by ATHEAN is set for a world wide digital and physical release on Dec, 28th 2011 via Serial Six Records.
1 Journey Above the Calm Aeons (instr.) (3:04)
2 Passage (4:10)
3 Fragmented Convictions (4:21)
4 Main-Mast of the Voyaging Earth (5:12)
Holger Speidel – Vocals
Chris Mrosek – Guitars
Simon Abele – Guitars
Sirajul ‘Eno’ Haque - Bass

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