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

heathen band 1987

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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Killer New Golden Age Of Metal Vinyl Collection I Just Bought!

thrash metal vinyl collection

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 contains 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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Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin LP 1986 – OZ 40026

Ozzy the ultimate sin

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 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

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

misfits we are 138 lineup punk

Misfits – Evilive was released on vinyl in 1987 though Caroline/Plan 9 and features a song “We Are 128” with Henry Rollins

misfits lp

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”

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Sacrifice – Forward To Termination LP 1987


“Forward To Termination” is a thrash metal classic that is easily on par or better than many of their peers from the Golden Age Of Metal. Despite playing the right kind of music at precisely the right time and quite well, mainstream success was in the cards for Sacrifice.


Forward To Termination
Terror Strikes
Flames Of Armageddon
The Entity
Forever Enslaved
Light Of The End
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S.O.D. – Speak English or Die (30th Anniversary Edition) – Could This Album Still Come Out in 2023?


S.O.D. was pretty politically incorrect. Do you think this album could even come out in 2023?

Watch this video from their amazing reunion show in Tokyo while you think that over…

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W.A.S.P. The Last Command LP 1985 Capitol Records

wasp last command tour 1986

The last command was the second album from LA heavy metal shock rockers WASP and feature a more commecial sound than their debut.

Tracklist & Credits

A1 Wild Child

A2 Ballcrusher

A3 Fistful Of Diamonds

A4 Jack Action

A5 WidowMaker

B1 Blind In Texas

B2 Cries In The Night

B3 The Last Command

B4 Running Wild In The Streets

  • Drums, Vocals – Steve Riley
  • Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar – Chris Holmes 
  • Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Randy Piper
  • Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar – Blackie Lawless
w.a.s.p. the last command