It’s hard to believe that Heathen is finally back. It’s been four years since their debut (on Combat) and they have been through numerous line-up changes, including the replacement of David White-Godfrey with ex-Exodus vocalist Paul Baloff, and David’s eventual return. Even though they did not have a permanent bassist when they recorded this (Marc Biedermann from Blind Illusion played all the tracks), this sounds as if all of them had the same mind, very tight. There are nine songs on the cassette (ten on the CD), including a reworked version of “Heathen” and a cover of “Kill the King.” The CD bonus track, “Timeless Cell of Prophecy,” is really cool. I don’t really like it when the CD has extra stuff, even though I do have a player. [Imagine the horror of the dark days when some poor bastards didn’t even have CD players yet! -Editor] This is really a well-produced effort from one of the earliest Thrash bands.
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