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What Happened to The Thrash Metal Band Heathen? (Breaking The Silence)

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Just the other day, I was wondering what happened to the San Fransisco thrash metal band Heathen. So after spinning a copy of Breaking The Silence, I decided to find out. It seemed that Heathen has being groomed for success. They were in the right place at the right time (in the Golden Era of thrash metal), they got on all the suitable tours, had big-name rock producers (Ronny Montrose) producing them, and even seemed to be getting a push from the record company?

Breaking The Silence Full Album

So what happened? Why did thrash metal success elude Heathen?

I was aware that the only two albums were Breaking the Silence (1987) and Victims of Deception (1991). Victims came out right as the thrash metal scene was wiped out by grunge, but Breaking the Silence had a small amount of airplay and even a video for the Sweet cover “Set Me Free” in rotation on Headbangers Ball.

During the “Breaking” heyday of the band, they were plagued with lineup changes, which led to the long period between their first two records. Guitarist (and absolute shedder) Lee Atlus was the only stable member during that time.

Victim Of Deception Full Album

In 2005 Lee Atlus replaced Rick Hunolt on guitar in Exodus, which he still plays with to this day.

Reunions 2009 / 2020

In 2009 the band reunited and released The Evolution Of Chaos. Heathen toured for a few months before again being hit with more lineup changes, which lead to further inactivity.

In 2020, Heathen reformed again and released Empire Of The Blind, though the band is skeptical about how much they will be able to tour to support the album due to the glut of bands wanting to get on the road after COVID.

I hope that brings your up to date!

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Sabbat – History Of A Time To Come LP 1987 Noise International ‎– N 0098

Sabbat – History Of A Time To Come LP 1987 Noise International ‎– N 0098

History of a Time to Come is the debut full-length album by the British thrash metal band Sabbat. Sabbat signed to Noise Records in late 1986 but was not allowed to execute the contract until their youngest member (Andy Sneap) turned 18.

History Of A Time To Come was recorded in Germany in 1987. The album never was an underground success and became a cult classic, but it never propelled the band anywhere near the heights reached by many other metal acts in the late 80s thrash heyday. Instead, the lyrics focused on themes of witchery and satanism.

The standout track is “For Those Who Died” which was later covered by the English black metal band Cradle Of Filth.

The band features guitarist Andy Sneap, who is in formative years has become a prolific heavy metal producer and engineer who has worked with Testament, Ronnie James Dio, Megadeth, and Accept. Andy is currently a member of Judas Priest.

Sabbat – History Of A Time To Come LP 1987 Noise ‎– N 0098 (FULL ALBUM VINYL RIP)

“History Of A Time To Come” Album Artwork

Tracklisting

Andy Sneap and Martin Walkyier wrote all songs. 

  1. “Intro” – 2:00
  2. “A Cautionary Tale” – 4:15
  3. “Hosanna in Excelsis” – 4:00
  4. “Behind the Crooked Cross” – 6:00
  5. “Horned Is the Hunter” – 8:08
  6. “I for an Eye” – 5:22
  7. “For Those Who Died” – 6:25
  8. “A Dead Man’s Robe” – 4:48
  9. “The Church Bizarre” – 5:07

Sabbat Line Up

  • Martin Walkyier – vocals
  • Andy Sneap – lead guitar
  • Frazer Craske – bass
  • Simon Negus – drums
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Killer New Golden Age Of Metal Vinyl Collection I Just Bought!

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It’s really hard to find good heavy metal vinyl collections, this is a rare exception. I managed to pick this one up with someone in Pittsburgh who answered my ad seeking vinyl collections. I paid a pretty penny for this collection, but it’s well worth it as is all the vinyl is in near-mint condition and contained many HUGE TILES (most first press). Check out this video of the unboxing.

You could check out this page where I listed the contents of all these albums, they are from the golden age of metal circa 1984 to 1989. A lot of good thrash metal and some hard to find hair metal records.

Gallery Of Some Of The Best Records…

if you or anyone you know is looking to sell your heavy metal CDs or thrash, classic rock vinyl I am constantly looking to buy them and I pay top dollar.

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Poll: What Was The Best Year For Thrash Metal 1983-1991?

Since it’s pretty clear many of us (including me) are living in the past (rightfully so)…what is your favorite year for Thrash Metal? You can choose from 1983-1991. Personally, I’m going to have to choose 1986 with classic such as Pleasure To Kill, Darkness Descends and Reign In Blood pulling much of the weight, but what is your pick?

Poll: What Was The Best Year For Thrash Metal 1983-1991?

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What Happened To Death Angel? – Classic Album “The Ultra Violence​”

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The Ultra-Violence is the first LP by the Bay Area thrash band Death Angel. It was released in 1987. In 1982 the band consisted of 5 members that were al Filipino (and many were cousins). Death Angel was first active from 1982 to 1992. A bus accident started the first period of downtime. The band reformed in 2001 and tours to this day, through guitarist Rob Cavestany member has been the only static member.

  1. “Thrashers” – 7:12
  2. “Evil Priest” – 4:54
  3. “Voracious Souls” – 5:39
  4. “Kill as One” – 5:00
  5. “The Ultra-Violence” (instrumental) – 10:33
  6. “Mistress of Pain” – 4:04
  7. “Final Death” – 6:04
  8. “I.P.F.S.” – 1:56 – *
  • * Mark Osegueda claimed in a 2003 interview that “I.P.F.S.” stood for “Intense Puke Feeling Syndrome,” but it is unclear if this was meant to be taken seriously.


Mark Osegueda – lead vocals
Rob Cavestany – lead guitar, backing vocals, mixing
Gus Pepa – rhythm guitar
Dennis Pepa – bass, backing vocals
Andy Galeon – drums, mixing

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Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion CD 2002 Noise US Remastered

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Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
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Hades ‎– Resisting Success LP 1987 Original Torrid/Combat First Press Vinyl

HADES METAL BAND
New Jersey Thrash Band Hades Circa 1987
$26.49
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Ozzy Osbourne The Ultimate Sin 1986 First Pressing OZ 40026 with Original Sleeve

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Ozzy Osbourne ‎– Bark At The Moon

  1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Rebel 5:28
  2. Bark At The Moon 4:14
  3. You’re No Different 5:00
  4. Now You See It (Now You Don’t) 5:04
  5. Forever 5:23
  6. So Tired 3:57
  7. Waiting For Darkness 5:14
  8. Spiders 4:20

Ozzy Osbourne ‎– Bark At The Moon

Ozzy With Jake E. Lee on Guitar

Vocals – Ozzy Osbourne
Bass – Bob Daisley
Drums – Tommy Aldridge
Guitar – Jake E. Lee

Epic ‎– 25739, Epic ‎– EPC 25739
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album

Released: Dec 1983
Genre: Rock / Metal
Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
ST-12141
7777-12141-1

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Misfits – Evilive Vinyl 1987 Caroline/Plan 9 Featuring Henry Rollins

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Misfits ‎– Evilive
Label: Plan 9 ‎– PL9-08, Caroline Records ‎– PL9-08
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Punk
Style: Hardcore, Punk


Glenn Danzig – vocals
Doyle – guitar
Jerry Only – bass guitar, backing vocals
Arthur Googy – drums

Additional musicians
Henry Rollins – backing vocals on “We Are 138”

Misfits – Evilive Vinyl 1987 OG
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