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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 First Press UK Thrash Metal Collection I Just Bought

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In the video and listed below on this post is a thrash metal vinyl collection I just bought from a guy in the United Kingdom. All of these are LPs first pressing from the 1980s and 1990s. Since the start of COVID-19, I have more frequently been buying collections without ever meeting the actual owner, at times never even talking to them. Instead, the deals are all worked out over email. So far, so good. All of the transactions have gone off without a hitch.

Here is a video of all of the awesome LPs I picked up on this awesome deal.

Photos

Here are some photos of some of my favorite LPs from this haul. One of my favorites is the cult classic “History Of A Time To Come” by Sabbat. The 2 Bolt Thrower “Warmaster” and “Realms Of Chaos” are both excellent and very hard to find as well. The rarest and expensive album is the first press Sadus “Illusions” album that is self-released. I’m sure how many copies of that were pressed, but it wasn’t very many. It was later reissued as “Chemical Exposure” by Roadracer Records (also included in this collection). Also great was the Metallica “Ride The Lightning” 1987 reissue limited edition DMM master – super rare…I’ve never even had one of these before.

List OF All Titles

LP’S

Bolt-thrower      In Battle there is no law. (LC7871)

 Warmaster. (MOSH29)

 Realm of Chaos (MOSH13)

D.R.I.                  4 of a kind. (RR95381)

Death Angel      The Ultra Violence. (FLAG14)

Exodus              Fabulous Disaster. (MFN90)

Megadeth          So Far, So Good, So What? (EST2053)

Metallica            Master of Puppets (MFN60) (THIS IS THE LP).                        

                            Master of Puppets.(MFN60DM) (2 x 12”)   

                            Ride the Lightning.(MFN27DM)

Napalm Death    From enslavement to obliteration (MOSH8)

                            Harmony Corruption (MOSH1925)

                            Scum (MOSH3)

Nuclear Assault  Handle With Care. (FLAG35)

                            Out of Order. (FLAG64)

   Survive.(FLAG21)

Obituary              The End Complete. (RC9201)

Paradise Lost     Gothic  (RED VINYL) – (VILE26)

S.O.D.                  Speak English or Die. (RR9725)

Sabbat.                Dreamweaver.                 

                             History of a time to come  08-445516

   Mourning has broken.       NO162-1

Sadus.                 Illusions.(DTP2112)

                             Chemical Exposure (R09259)

Slayer.                 Hell Awaits (RR9795)

                             Live undead (RR9574)

                             Reign In Blood (LONLP34)

                             Relentless (NB3359) (black vinyl – this has never been                                                                           opened it’s still sealed in. The cellophane cover)

                             Show No Mercy (RR9868)

                             South of Heaven (LONLP63)

Testament.          Return of the Apocalyptic City (075678248719)

Venom.                Possessed (MX8022)

                              Prime Evil (FLAG36)

                              Tear Your Soul Apart (MFLA950) 

Various.               Speed Kills, But Who’s Dying? (FLAG33)

HAIR BAND HARD ROCK STUFF

12” W.A.S.P. – SCREAM UNTIL YOU LIKE IT (12CL458)

12” W.A.S.P. – ANIMAL 

W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P. (EJ240195)

W.A.S.P. – HEADLESS CHILDREN (EST2087)

W.A.S.P. – THE LAST COMMAND (UKWASP2)

MOTOTHEAD – BOMBER (BRON523)

MOTOTHEAD – ACE OF SPADES (BRON531)

MOTOTHEAD – ORGASMATRON (GWLP1)

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EXODUS Pleasures Of The Flesh 1987 – ORIGINAL COVER / Picture. Disc

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Pleasures of the Flesh was to originally feature cover art with an illustration of the band depicted as cannibals preparing and eating their meal. However, prior to release, the cover was replaced with a photo of the group members leaning on a bar. Just before the record’s issuance, the original album cover was promoted by the record company in music magazines with the headline “Metal’s Heaviest Meal”. It was also available as a limited edition picture disc LP. (Wikipedia)

Listen To Pleasures of The Flesh On Youtube

Voted #1 Metal Band That Should Have Been Bigger
  1. Deranged 0:00
  2. Til Death Do Us Part 3:47
  3. Parasite 8:38
  4. Brain Dead 13:34
  5. Faster Than You’ll Ever Live to Be 17:50
  6. Pleasures Of The Flesh 22:18
  7. 30 Seconds 29:53
  8. Seeds of Hate 30:39
  9. Chemi-Kill 35:39
  10. Choose Your Weapon 41:24

Vinyl Picture Disc Artwork

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Exodus – Bonded By Blood: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid ​To Ask!

exodus with Paul (original singer) live

The Tale Of Exodus – Bonded By Blood 1984

Bonded by Blood is the debut studio album by the Bay Area thrash metal band Exodus. Although the album was completed in the summer of 1984, it was not released until 1985 due to issues with Exodus and their record label. It is considered one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time.It is also the only full-length studio album of Exodus to feature Paul Baloff on vocals, though he was also on their 1982 Demo. Baloff was back in Exodus for five years (from 1997 to his death in 2002), and appeared on their 1997 live album Another Lesson in Violence.

In 2008, Exodus re-recorded Bonded by Blood and re-released it as Let There Be Blood, featuring a new line-up of members aside from drummer Tom Hunting and guitarist Gary Holt who played on the original. (Source: WIKIPEDIA)

1. “Bonded by Blood” 
2. “Exodus” 
3. “And Then There Were None” 
4. “A Lesson in Violence” Holt 
5. “Metal Command” 
6. “Piranha”
7. “No Love” Baloff
8. “Deliver Us to Evil” HoltWhitaker
9. “Strike of the Beast” Total length: 40:49
EXODUS BAND LINE-UP IN 1987

Listen To Blonded By Blood Full CD On Youtube

EXODUS WAS VOTED #1 ON METAL BANDS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BIGGER

Bonded By Blood Art and Sleeve

EXODUS BAND LINE-UP IN 1984 WITH ORIGINAL SINGER PAUL