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Below is our complete Heathen 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Apocalyptica Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC continued the countdown of 60 bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the largest cruise festival, adding the 16th band: Finnish symphonic metal act Apocalyptica.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com. Booking is now open to all starting today!

Apocalyptica joins previously revealed bands, with 44 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Korpiklaani
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Korpiklaani Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC continued to count down the list of 60 bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the largest cruise festival, this time adding the 14th band: Finnish folk metal act Korpiklaani.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com. Booking commenced on March 18th for previous cruisegoers and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 21st.

Korpiklaani joins previously revealed bands, with 46 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Origin And Grave Digger Added To 70,000 Tons

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC kept up a torrid pace of band announcements for the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal, this time adding the 12th and 13th bands: U.S. brutal death metal act Origin and German power metal legends Grave Digger.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Origin and Grave Digger join previously revealed bands, with 47 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Heathen
In Extremo
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Xentrix And In Extremo The Latest Named To 70K '15

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC kept up the swift pace of band announcements for the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal, this time adding the 10th and 11th bands: U.K. thrash legends Xentrix and German modern folk pioneers In Extremo.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Xentrix and In Extremo join the previously revealed bands, with 49 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Heathen
Therion
Threshold More...

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Therion Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

On Saturday, UMC announced that Therion is the ninth band named to the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Therion joins the previously revealed bands, with 51 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Heathen
Threshold More...

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Five More Bands Named To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

Just shortly after naming the first three bands: Blind Guardian, Arch Emeny and Ensiferum to the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal, promoters UMC kept the momentum going with five more bands: Chimaira, Heathen, Threshold, Annihilator and Equilibrium.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

So the complete lineup thus far: More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.

Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:

Friday, June 28th:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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Heathen's Tour Bus Breaks Down

San Francisco's Heathen is currently on tour in Europe, but the band has posted the following announcement about canceling a tour date in London due to vehicle problems:

"We are very sorry to announce that the London show tomorrow night has been cancelled. Our tour bus broke down a few days ago and we are unable to make the trip to London.

"We apologize to all of our fans there and hope to come again very soon. All of the other remaining shows on the tour are still on as scheduled."

Remaining dates to run through the end of the month can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Heathen Taps Jon Dette For Upcoming Tour

Jon Dette, who recently played with Slayer and Anthrax (and previously with Testament), will be playing drums for Heathen on the Bay Area Thrash band’s upcoming European tour with Generation Kill and Dust Bolt.

Heathen issued the following statement: “As most of you know already, Darren recently left the band. It was an amicable split and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. For those of you concerned about our upcoming European tour, have no fear. Jon Dette will be filling in on drums for all dates on the tour. Jon played with us once before during our North American tour a couple of years ago and we are looking forward to touring with him again. Get ready for the chaos!” More...

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White Wizzard To Play Rock Harvest II

White Wizzard has been confirmed for Rock Harvest II, a three-day concert which takes place at the House of Rock in White Marsh, Maryland in November.

The second annual Rock Harvest will be running from Thursday, November 7th to Saturday, November 9th in support of the police non-profit organization, Fallen Blue. Other bands performing alongside White Wizzard includes Heathen, Raven, Leatherwolf, Reverence, Circle II Circle, and Silent Rage. White Wizzard will be performing on Thursday, November 7th. Tickets for Rock Harvest II are available now at this location.

White Wizzard is due to release new studio album, "The Devils Cut," on June 3rd in Europe via Earache Records, and June 25th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records. The album features artwork by Cameron Davis, who is known for his work as lead character designer and illustrator for the Guitar Hero video game series.

Catch the band live:

May 08 - Fullerton, CA - Slide Bar (w/ Cauldron)
November 07 - White Marsh, MD - Rock Harvest II More...

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Heathen Announces Tour With Dust Bolt

Rock the Nation presents - Heathen, Generation Kill and Dust Bolt thrashing Europe! Grab your denim vests and leather jackets, put on those hi-tops and guzzle down a few cold beers: because a true thrash metal triumvirate is ready to lay waste to a bunch of European clubs!

The following press release was issued about the tour:

"Leading the mob will be San Francisco veterans Heathen, founded in 1984 – amongst others – by Exodus guitarist Lee Altus, they released two landmark albums with 'Breaking the Silence' (1987) and 'Victims of Deception' (1991) before things got a bit quiet in camp Heathen. They returned with the thrash manifesto 'The Evolution of Chaos' in 2010, and now the guys are busy working on new material.

"Generation Kill are being led by Exodus front beast Rob Dukes and offer a nasty mix of thrash metal and hardcore. Check out their brilliant debut 'Red, White and Blood' and bang those heads! The line-up is completed by Munich-based newcomers Dust Bolt who indulge in old school thrash metal goodness! They have recently released their great debut 'Violent Demolition.'" More...

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Heathen Inks Deal With Nuclear Blast

The ink has finally dried and Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Bay Area’s indomitable thrash metal band Heathen, which was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column.

Founding member & guitarist Lee Altus comments on the new alliance:

“I'm really happy and couldn't think of a better label for Heathen. I've known people at Nuclear Blast, some of whom have been fans of the band going as far back as the early demo days, and have been friends with them for many years. It's amazing for me to think that throughout this band’s career, every album we recorded has been released on a different label. I can finally say that we have found home. Nuclear Blast has become a mecca for Bay Area thrash bands and we are happy to join our friends and partners in crime Exodus, Death Angel, Testament and Forbidden. Now it's time to get to work on the new album!”

Lead singer David White adds: “I want to thank all the fans for their amazing support; we do not take any of this lightly! Now we move forward with a true Metal record company that really understands what we're all about, 2012 and beyond!!!” More...

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Sunday Old School: Heathen

The wonderful thing about the thrash metal movement is that there were so many bands to find, it really is something of a treasure chest. Today we’ll look at a band which released some of the finest albums known to speed and thrash metal, but arguably haven’t got the recognition they deserve, Heathen. Heathen was formed in 1984 by former Metal Church drummer Carl Sacco and Russian guitarist Lee Altus and were initially accompanied by vocalist Sam Kress and guitarist Jim Sanguinetti before replacing them after their first gig with David Godfrey and Doug Piercy respectively, whilst also bringing in bass player Eric Wong. Although from the Bay Area and often associated with the thrash metal scene at the time, their music wasn’t strictly speaking contained in the thrash vein, as they also demonstrated more of a New Wave of British Heavy Metal influence than many of their peers. Although Wong decided to leave the group after the recording of their first demo, "Pray For Death" (being replaced by Mike "Yaz" Jastremski,) the demo was something of a success and earned the band a deal with Combat Records.

Their debut album, "Breaking The Silence" was released through the label in 1987 and was hailed as one of the best thrash metal albums of the year. It also contained something of a hit single in "Set Me Free," a cover of a song originally by British glam rock legends The Sweet. The song received regular rock radio airplay and the video was also broadcast frequently on MTVs Headbangers Ball show. While touring for the album however, Heathen ran into some internal difficulties, resulting in Sacco, Jastremski and Godfrey all leaving the group at some stage. Several well known vocalists were a part of Heathen for a while, including former Exodus frontman Paul Baloff and ex Metal Church singer, David Wayne. More...

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Metalcamp 2012 Trailer Posted

A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):

Amon Amarth
Avven
Brezno
Doomed
Edguy
Eluveitie
Epica
Finntroll
Gorguts
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Heathen
Inmate
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Machine Head
Madball
Morana
Napalm Death
Nile
Pain
Paradise Lost
Sabaton
Sin Deadly Sin
Sodom
Testament
The Black Dahlia Murder

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Possessed Announces Short U.S. Tour For Feb/March

U.S. death metal pioneers Possessed have announced a string of shows in the U.S. for February 2012. The confirmed dates include:

02/24: Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
02/25: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
03/02: Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
03/03: West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
03/04: New York, NY @ BB Kings

In addition, the band will join Exodus, Forbidden and Heathen on February 4, 2012 at the Oakland Metro Opera House in Oakland, CA for the 10th Anniversary of the passing of Paul Baloff, original vocalist of Exodus. The show is dubbed "Bonded By Baloff." A trailer for the show can be seen here:

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Amon Amarth Confirms For Brutal Assault 2012

Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.

Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:

Arcturus
Arkona
Be'lakor
Cattle Decapitation
Converge
Dimmu Borgir
Dodheimsgard
General Surgery
Heathen
Heaven Shall Burn
Immortal
Incantation
Ministry
Moonspell
Norther
Paradise Lost
Protest The Hero
Sodom
Textures
The Black Dahlia Murder
Virus

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Balfor Confirmed For Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Ukrainian black metallers Balfor have been confirmed for this year's edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2011. The two-day festival event will be held on the 16th and 17th of December 2011. For further details, head over to the festival's website at this location. The currently announced billing is as follows:

Morbid Angel
Sepultura
Exodus
Heaven Shall Burn
Kataklysm
Destruction
Triptykon
Asphyx
Marduk
God Dethroned
Tankard
Nifelheim
Heathen
Heidevolk
Desaster
Disabuse
The Rotted
Adept
Milking The Goatmachine
Mar De Grises
Valkyrja
Balfor
Cripper
Semargl
Stormrider
Saturnian
Azarath
Dawn Of Disease

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Mortal Sin Added To Thrashfest Classics Tour

Australian thrashers Mortal Sin announced that they will will be joining the Thrashfest Classics Tour with Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction, and Heathen. The band's announcement reads:

"We’re thrilled to announce Mortal Sin will be joining the 'Thrashfest Classics' tour through Europe in Nov/Dec 2011, thanks to Rock The Nation. The tour will also coincide with the European release of our new album “Psychology of Death” on 18th November 2011 through NoiseArt Records.

"As a new chapter in the life of Mortal Sin brings us back to our roots we will be proud to stand along side thrash legends Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction & Heathen performing for
generations of loyal followers on the Thrashfest Classics Tour. Thrashfest is proof that the unity among metal heads has stood the test of time and we are truly honoured to be a part of it."

Thrashfest Classics begins on November 25th, 2011 in Munich, Germany. Metalunderground.com posted the complete tour dates at this location.

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Thrashfest Classic Tour Trailer Posted

Rock the Nation announced the Thrashfest Classic Tour featuring headliner Sepultura (performing "Beneath the Remains", "Arise" and "Chaos A.D."), co-headliner Exodus (performing "Bonded By Blood", "Pleasure Of The Flesh" and "Fabolous Disaster"), Destruction (performing "Sentence Of Death" and "Infernal Overkill") and Heathen ("Breaking The Silence" and "Victims Of Deception"). Another opening act will be announced soon.

The announcement reads:

"Back to the 80ties, back to the roots! Tour-promoter Rock The Nation turns back the time for you headbangers, catapulting you back into the glorious 80ties -- the unforgettable days of prime for thrash metal - with a phenomenal package of top-acts. Hardly another period of time carries so much metal-history with it than this one. Rough, rapid and impulsive sounds dominated the whole music-industry at that time. Breath-taking masterpieces of metallic art, which still enjoy authority and significance these days, emerged out of the creative urge of charismatic musicians and bands. Now the time is right to let the flair, the feeling and the sounds rise again! Thrashfest Classics is a pure celebration for the high-culture of thrash metal. Some of the most influential combos will perform their cult-albums in full length."

Thrashfest Classic Dates:

25.11.11 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
26.11.11 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Schaaf
27.11.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan
28.11.11 - Braunschweig, Germany - Meier Music Hall
29.11.11 - Würzburg, Germany - Posthalle
30.11.11 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
01.12.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Kd Vltavska
02.12.11 - Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
03.12.11 - Giessen, Germany - Hessenhallen
04.12.11 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Trix
05.12.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
06.12.11 - Göteburg, Sweden - Trädgarn
07.12.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
08.12.11 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
09.12.11 - Katowice, Poland - Mega Club
10.12.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
11.12.11 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic
12.12.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Boogaloo
13.12.11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
14.12.11 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
15.12.11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z-7
16.12.11 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
17.12.11 - Stuttgart, Germany -LKA
18.12.11 - Wien, Austria - Arena

The trailer for the tour can be viewed here:

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Destruction Decimates San Antonio Crowd

One of Germany’s Big Three thrash bands, Destruction, once again brought its unique brand of thrash/speed metal back to San Antonio, Texas. With nearly 30 years under their bulleted belts, the Teutonic veterans hoped their longevity and legendary cult status would result in a massive gathering of denim-n-leather-gauntlet-fisted bangers.

This would not be the case, though. Even an impressive array of suitable acts that included the return of second-wave Cali Bay thrashers Heathen, the Texas thrash collective Warbeast, German black thrashers Nocturnal and more thrash in Witchhaven failed to bring in the masses on this Tuesday night. However, the dismal turn out did not stop the small-but-loyal crowd from acting like complete maniacs.

What might turn out to be the best thrash tour of the year encountered problems at its Central Texas stop a couple weeks before the event. Originally slated to appear at the Dirty Dog in Austin, the show moved to Backstage Live in San Antonio. Austinites complained about the drive, the lack of quality beer and parking fees. Many from the area with plans of attending the Austin show didn’t make the trek to SA. Those close to the promoter, Motorbreath Entertainment, stated that Austin would have resulted in an even poorer turnout. San Antonio is a bigger city and supposedly, the metal capital of the world, but it didn’t live up to its name on this night. More...

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