Piece of Time

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Piece of Time
Atheist - Piece of Time.jpg
Studio album by Atheist
Released August 30, 1989
Recorded November – December 1988
Genre Technical death metal, thrash metal
Length 32:10
Label Active
Producer Scott Burns
Atheist chronology
Piece of Time
Unquestionable Presence
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de) 8/10[2]
Terrorizer 9/10[3]

Piece of Time is the debut album by the technical death metal band Atheist, released in 1989 in Europe. However, it was not released in the United States until 1990. This was because 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 was not 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.


In 2005, Piece of Time was ranked number 402 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[4] It was described by James Hinchcliffe in Terrorizer as the band's "least technically accomplished release and their most lyrically immature, [yet] it remains an exceptional work of late 80s deaththrash, crackling with an uncommon energy and creativity".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Kelly Shaefer.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Piece of Time" Kelly Shaefer, Rand Burkey, Roger Patterson, Steve Flynn 4:30
2. "Unholy War" Shaefer, Patterson, Flynn 2:19
3. "Room with a View" Shaefer, Burkey, Patterson, Flynn 4:06
4. "On They Slay" Shaefer 3:39
5. "Beyond" Shaefer, Patterson, Flynn 3:00
6. "I Deny" Shaefer, Burkey, Patterson, Flynn 4:01
7. "Why Bother?" Shaefer, Patterson, Flynn 2:55
8. "Life" Shaefer, Flynn, Patterson 3:09
9. "No Truth" Shaefer, Burkey, Patterson, Flynn 4:30
Total length: 32:10

2002 Re-release[edit]

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 has been digitally remastered, and features six bonus tracks.

2005 Re-release[edit]

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




Recorded at Morrisound Recording. Mastered at Fuller Sound.


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Recker, Oliver. "Rock Hard review". issue 37. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Hinchcliffe, James (November 2005). "Atheist: Piece of Time/Unquestionable Presence/Elements". Terrorizer (137): 72. 
  4. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 48. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.