The follow-up to the band’s 1987 Combat Records debut, Breaking the Silence, this 1991 album (originally reviewed in Metal Curse #5) was a triumph for Heathen. In the interim between albums, they switched singers, briefly employing Exodus’s Paul Baloff (whose style couldn’t have meshed well with the band’s established sound), before screamer David White rejoined them. Sadly, I think that everyone who has ever sung for this band is now dead.
Although from the SF Bay Area, Heathen’s Thrash was a little more intense than usual, other than the kind of early-Anthrax-style vocals, which might be something of an acquired taste, especially now. Victims… has help up pretty well over the years, and not only is the original CD-only bonus track present, we also get the previously unheard (outside of Japan, at least) bonus track “Hellbound.” I do prefer Breaking the Silence, but this is still classic Thrash.
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