Many years have passed since the times when the bay area thrash metal went off like a nuclear bomb in the world of metal. The great names are known to everyone, but the scene was never limited to three or four bands.
Legendary Heathen is part of this thrash metal tradition which pulverized the planet during the eighties. Their break up in 1992 after having released two classic albums like “Breaking the Silence” and “Victims of Deception”, became a tombstone that couldn’t resist the test of time, because in 2001 the band began to breathe again.
Eighteen years after their last studio album, Heathen assaults our ears with “Evolution of Chaos”, one of the best thrash metal albums of the last ten or fifteen years, reviving the classic bay area sound like you never heard it.
If thrash’s metal glorious comeback in 2009 belongs to Sacrifice, in 2010 the crown is taken by Heathen, who with a solid line up, is now for sure a member of our yearly Top 20.
Original singer David White took some minutes to answer the questions of metalicos.com and talked to us about the band’s current life.
Classic thrash metal lovers, you are now with Heathen.
1-METALICOS-Hello there! This is Mauricio from www.metalicos.com in Costa Rica, thanks a lot for your time! How are you?
David White/ I'm well. Thank you.
2-METALICOS-How do you feel about the reception of your latest album “The Evolution of Chaos”?
David White/ Well it's nice to know there are people out there who dig what we’re doing!
3-METALICOS-For those fans who are not familiar with your work from the first days, can you please introduce us a little bit in the world of Heathen, and how things were when you began?
David White/ It was back in 1986 when I first joined the band, at that time it was Lee Altus, Doug Piercy, Carl Sacco and Eric Wong in the band. The bay Area was thriving with Metal music, lots going on, Metallica was well on their way to great things, the local clubs were the Old Waldorf and Wolfgangs run by Bill Graham, the keystone Berkeley, the Stone in S.F as well as Ruthies Inn in Oakland, all played a huge part in all that was the Bay Area Metal scene.
4-METALICOS-Did you rescue any old ideas or material for the new album or everything is completely new?
David White/ There are many old riffs in there, but we developed everything with a fresh look, careful not to lose what makes Heathen - Heathen.
5-METALICOS-I’ve read that the band has been busy already touring some countries; how does it feel to be back on the stage with Heathen presenting a new album?
David White/ We are about to go to Europe at the end of April into May and actually promote the album now that it is released. It's a great feeling to get out and finally play new songs!!
6-METALICOS-We know that most of the band members kept active during all these years but, compared to the old days, what was the main difference for the band after returning?
David White/ Well we all live with a bit of distance between us, and we're older.
7-And how different is everything for you as persons and musicians now?
David White/ I think our values have changed, we all have families now.
8-METALICOS-Do you consider “Evolution of Chaos” to be a better album than “Breaking the Silence” and “Victims of Deception”? If so, what’s the reason?
David White/ I do, because I believe we have grown and learned so much over the years, we are able to express ourselves better and we understand how to make the most out of a song. Plus we were able to spent time to make sure everything was how we wanted it to be, leaving no stone unturned...
9-METALICOS-How do things look in terms of keeping the band active, touring and releasing albums? Do you plan to continue full time?
David White/ We shall see, it really depends on the fans, right now we have a three album deal, and if we do well, we will continue.
10-METALICOS-How about touring Latin America, do you have any plans to do so?
DAVID WHITE/ We would love to come down there! But nothing is set up yet, it's up to the fans to demand it…
11-METALICOS-I´m sure that the old fans are more than pleased for having you back, but can you tell us how the reaction has been from young new fans?
David White/ So far so good, it's great to hear from the new fans and listen to the comments, and see their energy at the shows.
12-METALICOS-You brought in some strong collaborators for “Evolution of Chaos” like Steve DiGiorgio and Gary Holt. Can you talk to us about their input on the album?
David White/ Well everyone that came in are friends, and we had ideas for certain songs and they all brought what we were looking for. It makes the process much more enjoyable for us; we want what's best for the music!
13-METALICOS-Allright, guess we’re OK for now, thanks again for the time you dedicated to www.metalicos.com, you can be sure that all thrash maniacs in Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America will be more than happy to read your words! Can you please give us any final message?
David White/ If you build it, we will come.....Heathen.