Atheist Part With Tony Choy
2010-08-09 by Angel STAFF | 20 Comments

Upon the completion of the recording sessions of their forthcoming album, "Jupiter", Kelly Shaefer and Steve Flynn issued a statement on behalf of the band stating that Tony Choy would no longer be a part of Atheist.

"When we came together to write again, it was an obvious choice, for several reasons, to try and continue in what has been our touring line-up. We've had such a great time together on the road for the past four years. We're all great friends, and all of us were working peacefully towards the completion of the album. Therefore it hit us very unexpectedly when Tony called one day and informed us that he would not record with us. What's worse is that this happened only four weeks prior to our confirmed studio date. This left us in a very unfortunate position and without a choice."

For the full statement: http://season-of-mist.com/news/detail/atheist-2010-08-03

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2010

16126 Comments


Sucks, but I'm sure JT threw down some nice bass work on the album.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2010

1918 Comments


Damn, article completely slammed him.

TheFantasticDangler
August 9th 2010

1144 Comments


Dick move on Choy's part though

bloc
August 9th 2010

34499 Comments


Damn, this sucks.

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Psilocyanide
August 9th 2010

1823 Comments


It's a shame and a dick move.

GibTG
August 10th 2010

277 Comments


The shots that Flynn and Shaefer are taking at Tony Choy are also ridiculous and unprofessional. I would've hoped they would be better individuals than that.

Death is not easy to cope with, but saying that Roger was the driving force behind the band AFTER HIS DEATH is ridiculous. It sounds like bellyaching and a poor excuse, can they still not get past his death 20 years later? I suppose this record would've been done several years ago if Roger was still alive...

This is very unfortunate, for everyone involved - including those of us FANS who have been waiting so long for this.



TheFantasticDangler
August 10th 2010

1144 Comments


lol

demon of surveillance
August 10th 2010

757 Comments


Damn he was a good bass player.

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vanderb0b
August 10th 2010

3473 Comments


Dammit, this sucks. Even if he didn't write much material, as said in the article, he was still one of the best bassists in the genre. It'll be tough to find a fitting replacement, but I'm still very excited for the new album.

FadeToBlack
August 10th 2010

10913 Comments


^ idiot

they should try and get hold of steve digiorgio or something

Ire
August 10th 2010

41471 Comments


who? lol


This band makes some great music, you wouldn't know.

Ire
August 10th 2010

41471 Comments


oh yea your right because I dont like one single good band.


This seems to be correct.

I'll check them out if they are good as you seem to say.


Please don't, I actually like Atheist.

FadeToBlack
August 10th 2010

10913 Comments


lololol haha tony choy lol who is he lol I found it funny hohohaha when I dont know who people are lol lol lol

stop saying lmao in every fucking sentence and go back to the emmure thread, then we can ignore all you're stupid posts.

TRMshadow
August 10th 2010

4982 Comments


Honestly andcas, if you haven't heard of these guys before you REALLY need to get out. Their one of the Classics of Metal up there with DEATH, Cynic, Morbid Angel, and a whole mess of others.

Sucks that he's is quitting on us, I listened to Unquestionable the other day and I remember the Bass really popping out and being one of the best parts of the album. : (

supertouchox2
August 10th 2010

1062 Comments


"It's not well known to today's fans that Roger actually wrote all the bass tracks just prior to his ultimately sad and tragic death and deserves the credit. Tony simply played what was written. However, the public perception has become distorted over the past two decades."


Article goes on to slam Tony pretty hard, no love lost here perhaps.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2010

17372 Comments


Man, Elements was my personal favorite Atheist album, and i'm pretty sure Choy had a bit more to do with the songwriting there. I hope some more of his influence finds its way onto this record.

And while it was pretty strange for Tony to do that, this article screams "i want public fued for publicity". Wtf is with all these bands publicizing all their internal drama? Couldn't they just have left it at "Choy left abruptly"?

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fivesnw
August 10th 2010

276 Comments


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

TeamExcelcior
August 10th 2010

246 Comments


Scathing statement. Sketchy spelling.

GibTG
August 10th 2010

277 Comments


Some others have had my same thoughts...

Why not just say, it was unexpected, it was right before our recording, we're frustrated. NOT that he never helped us in anyway, he only slowed down the songwriting process, and that he deserves no credit for what he's done...

Ridiculous.

supertouchox2
August 11th 2010

1062 Comments


maybe it was all true and this is just a chance to vent their anger. who knows.



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