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Heretic

Formed: 1986
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Heretic News

Below is our complete Heretic news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Heretic Returns With "A Game You Cannot Win"

Legendary Los Angeles power thrashers Heretic return with the first album in 5 years! Heretic has just completed recording the forthcoming release entitled “A Game You Can Not Win” with a release date of October 27th via Dissonance Productions. Pre-order the album at this location.

Heretic was born during the early 80's Metal scene in Southern California and was one of the top acts in the L.A. area. This drew the attention of Metal Blade Records who went on to sign the act. The band was the first featured on the Metal Massacre 7 compilation. Later the group released the EP "Torture Knows No Boundary," and the full length LP "Breaking Point." After the release of "Breaking Point," the band split up when then lead singer Mike Howe joined Metal Church.

Instead of continuing on guitarist Brian Korban, and bassist Dennis Ohara went on to form the band Reverend with former Metal Church singer David Wayne. Flash forward 20+ years, Heretic is back with the Classic Metal/Thrash sound. The band released "A Time Of Crisis" on Metal On Metal Records in 2012, the first release in over 2 decades. 5 years on....The Heretic Has Returned!

The track list for "A Game You Cannot Win" is:

1. Intro
2. This World Called Hell
3. A Game You Cannot Win
4. Demonized
5. Broken Hero
6. Never Added Up
7. Relentless
8. Before The Fall
9. Master At Her Game
10. Immaculate Deception
11. Annihilate
12. Everything’s About To Change
13. Outro More...

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Heretic Splits With Guitarist

Sean Hadley, manager of U.S. metal outfit Heretic, has issued the following statement about Heretic parting ways with guitarist Glenn Rogers:

"As you know, I rarely make personal statements. However, I decided that in light of this past week’s events that I would.

"First, I want to thank you, the fans, for all of your support for the band. Without you, there would be no Heretic or music industry. We appreciate each and every one of you!

"Next, I would like to personally thank Glenn Rogers for his significant contributions to Heretic and to metal music. Without him, Heretic would not have reformed. Furthermore, because of you, both Sandy and I have the honor of being a part of the Heretic family. We were both gutted by your decision to hang up your guitar. Again, thank you metal brother, your talents will be truly missed.

"Finally, I would like to address the future of Heretic. Are we going away? HELL NO! We are carrying on with our mission to record and release a new album for the fans. Watch for updates on our progress and future release date soon. Thank you again for all your support. HORNS UP and DON’T TURN YOUR BACK!"

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Heretic Releases New Video, Announces Tour

Classic Southern California metal band Heretic has returned with a vengeance on comeback CD "A Time of Crisis," which was released through Metal On Metal Records this past July 26th, 2012.

"Child of War" is the first video from "A Time of Crisis," and the clip can be viewed below. The video was shot and directed by Metal Refuge TV's FreddyMedal aka Fred Swift of Down Heaval/Augmented.

Heretic has also announced 2013 tour dates in support of the album. Highlights of the tour include playing the Childhood Heroes 80’s Metal Festival in Brooklyn NY and the HOA Fest in Germany. Other stops include Fresno, Los Angeles, and Santa Ana, CA. The currently announced dates are available below, with more to be announced soon.

25-Jan-13 CA, Malone’s, Santa Ana
15-Feb-13 CA, The Starliner, Fresno
16-Feb-13 CA, The Joint, Los Angeles
09-Mar-13 NY, Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn
27-July-13 HOA Fest, Germany More...

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Heretic To Play Headbangers Open Air

U.S. power/thrash act Heretic has been confirmed for the 16th edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, which will take place on the 25th-27th of July 2013 in Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany.

The other confirmed so far bands include: Vicious Rumors, Forte, Blood Feast, Demon, Stormwitch, Praying Mantis, Iron Savior, Rival, Muro, Sleepy Hollow, Kissin' Dynamite, Midnight Priest, Skiltron, Game Over, King Leoric, Trespass, 77 and MX Machine.

Heretic is currently lining up more shows to play in Europe around the HOA festival. The band's comeback album "A Time of Crisis" was released in July this year through Metal on Metal Records.
More about Heretic can be found at this location. More...

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Heretic (US) Unveils Artwork For Comeback LP

Recently reformed Los Angeles power metal band Heretic unveiled the album artwork for the comeback LP "A Time of Crisis." The sophomore full length is scheduled for release on July 26, 2012 through Metal On Metal Records and is the first release from the band since 1988.

The band previously posted the new song "Remains," which can be heard over at this location.

The track listing for "A Time of Crisis" is as follows:

1. The Divine Inquisition
2. Tomorrow's Plague
3. Betrayed
4. Remains
5. A Time of Crisis
6. For Your Faith
7. Raise Your Fist
8. Heretic
9. Child of War
10. Police State
11. The End of the World
12. Let Me Begin Again More...

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Heretic (US) Streaming New Track "Remains"

Los Angeles power metal band Heretic, who recently reformed is streaming the track new "Remains." The track will appear on the band's sophomore full length release "A Time of Crisis" on July 26, 2012 through Metal On Metal Records.

Heretic is best known for its one and only full length release "Breaking Point" (1988), featuring Ex-Metal Church vocalist Mike Howe. The band is now fronted by original vocalist Julian Mendez, who sang on the band's debut EP "Torture Knows No Boundary" (a/k/a "Don't Turn Your Back").

Check out "Remains" here:

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Heretic (US) Posts Reunion Album Update

Reformed Los Angeles based traditional metal band Heretic posted the following update on the progress of the first LP since 1988's "Breaking Point":

"Heretic will be back in the studio next weekend to finish the new CD 'A Time of Crisis.' The new CD will be out this August on Metal on Metal Records. The art work is by the tattoo artist Tom Berg. It will be a jaw dropper.

We have a show booked for July 14th with our good friends Malice at Malones in Santa Ana California. We are also going to do a cd release show on August 25 at Malones as well.

Look for Heretic in Europe in the summer of 2013. Plans are underway for a festival in July.
Look for the unofficial promo video for the new song 'Betrayed.' They did a great job sinking up the live footage."

Check out the promo video for "Betrayed" here: More...

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Heretic (US) Reforms, New LP Expected In 2012

Los Angeles power metal band Heretic has reformed with original guitarist Brian Korban and original vocalist Julian Mendez. The band is best known for its one and only full length release "Breaking Point" (1988), featuring Ex-Metal Church vocalist Mike Howe. Heretic expects to have a new release in 2012.

In what appeared to be a "band swap," Heretic split in 1988 following Howe's departure to front Metal Church, which lead Heretic's Brian Korban and then bassist Dennis Ohara to form Reverend with original and then departed (and now deceased) Metal Church vocalist David Wayne.

Now in 2012, Heretic has reformed with Korban and vocalist Julian Mendez, who sung on the band's debut EP "Torture Knows No Boundary." The 2012 lineup of Heretic is as follows:

Julian Mendez (vocals)
Brian Korban (Ex-Reverend) (guitars)
Angelo Espino (Ex-Reverend/Ex-Bitch) (bass)
Glenn Rogers (Ex-Viking/Ex-Hirax) (guitar)
Ignazio Iggy Coppola (Ex-Reverend) (drums)

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