Atlanta, Georgia-based metallers GNOSTIC — who feature in their ranks three members of the current lineup of ATHEIST — will release their debut album, "Engineering the Rule", in Europe on May 25 via France's Season Of Mist (July 14 in the U.S.).
GNOSTIC's sound is described in a press release as follows: "Taking the progressive sound of death to a new level of aggression with jaw-dropping breaks delivered in stunning frequencies, the GNOSTIC principle of duality is expressed in a fine sense for melodies and emotionality contrasting with the technical perfection of their execution. As fans of ATHEIST, CYNIC, DEATH and PESTILENCE will flock to 'Engineering The Rule', they should heed this warning: caution! Trying to play air guitar along the songs may result in broken fingers and severely damaged wrists!"
"Engineering the Rule" track listing:
02. Isolate Gravity
03. Sleeping Ground
04. Engineering the Rule
05. Wall of Lies
06. Violently Calm
07. Life Suffering
10. Splinters of Change
GNOSTIC will team up with ATHEIST, THE FACELESS, PSYOPUS and THE AGONIST for a North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off on July 8 in Atlanta, Georgia. ATHEIST/GNOSTIC drummer Steve "Penguin" Flynn commented, "We're absolutely thrilled to be doing this tour with such an incredible lineup of brutal technical bands. This bill is going to just peel your face off. Not only are all the bands insanely technical and heavy, but the lineup also covers a broad spectrum of style - from the almost avant-garde sound of PSYOPUS to the straight up technical death metal sounds of GNOSTIC and ATHEIST. Then you throw in the more modern break-neck technicality, unrivaled musicianship and speed of THE FACELESS, and the brutality of THE AGONIST, and you've got yourself one hell of a night. This will also be somewhat experimental in the world of technical death metal, as three of us (me on drums, Chris Baker on guitars, and Jonathan Thompson on bass [in GNOSTIC] and guitars [in ATHEIST]) are in two bands and playing TWO shows per night. I can't recall a similar situation in technical death metal. It will be a marathon-esque physical and mental exercise. This tour will also be GNOSTIC's debut to the world as we're supporting our first release via Season of Mist: 'Engineering the Rule' in July."
ATHEIST North American tour dates with support from THE FACELESS, PSYOPUS, THE AGONIST and GNOSTIC:
July 08 - Atlanta, GA, Masquerade
July 09 - Raleigh, NC, Volume 11
July 10 - Springfield, VA, Jaxx
July 11 - Allentown, PA, The Sterling Hotel
July 12 - New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
July 13 - Cleveland, OH, Peabody's
July 14 - Mokena, IL, The Pearl Room
July 15 - Nashville, TN, The Muse
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/gnosticmusic.