The excitement for the Death tribute/reunion benefit tour is ramping up, as Atheist are now set to open the show at select dates! This pairing makes so much sense; Death and Atheist are cut from the same cloth in the Florida death metal scene, being highly influential to not only death metal, but extreme prog.

Here’s what Atheist frontman Kelly Shaefer had to say:

“We could not be more honored to be direct support on the upcoming Death To All Tour! It’s gonna be a blast to gather with all our old and dear friends form the early days of extreme metal, and also to help celebrate the music from the godfather of Death metal, Chuck Schuldiner.

Any fan of Death/extreme metal, I’m telling you now, sell everything to attend one or more of these shows. It’s going to be legendary and you can bet on that! We will be doing the Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas shows, so we hope to see all the Southern metal-heads out in force.

Thanks to Anton and the organizers for asking us to be a part of this monumental moment in extreme metal history! See you all there!”

Atheist are the second band announced to be opening the tour, with Gorguts announced as opening select dates as well. Here are the dates:

With Gorguts:

06/22 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
06/23 West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
06/26 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
06/28 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

With Atheist:

06/30 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
07/01 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
07/03 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

This is some exciting news! If you can’t make it out to one of these shows, you can be sure to live vicariously through the words of resident Death expert Noyan, who will be hitting up the New York date. For more information, visit

– JR

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