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Reunited San Francisco heavy metal thrashers HEATHEN have inked an exclusive French licensing deal with Thundering Records/Manitou Music. Heathen have also posted a two-minute rough sample of a brand new track with "scratch" vocals at this location.
In related news, HEATHEN have been confirmed for the Headbangers Open Air 2005 festival, set to take place July 9-10 in Germany. The group are also slated to perform at the Thrash Till Death festival on July 15-16, 2005 in Wendessen, Germany.
A two-minute rough sample of a brand new Heathen track with "scratch" vocals has been posted online at this location (.WMA file, 2.5 MB).
The as-yet-untitled cut comes from the reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers' new three-song demo, the recordings for which commenced this past January.
The band, who are currently unsigned, released their latest CD, "Recovered", independently last spring. The effort featured covers of songs from Queen, Thin Lizzy, Tygers of Pan Tang and Sweet Savage, as well as an original track, "In Memory of…" (written and dedicated to former band member Randy Laird and White's brother Jeffrey).
HEATHEN guitarist Lee Altus has commented on the recent addition of bassist Jon Torres to the group's ranks. Torres is no stranger to the Bay Area metal scene, having participated in such bands as THUNDERHEAD, WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT and ANGEL WITCH.
"We've known Jon for a long time and thrilled to have him join HEATHEN," said Altus. "Each of us has played with Jon throughout the years — in ANGEL WITCH, WARNING SF and other bands — so we're already familiar with his style, which will make this a seamless transition.
"We're sorry to see [previous bassist Mike 'Yaz' Jastremski] go and wish him all the best," Lee added. "He is a good friend and I'm glad that we parted ways without any animosity and can still remain best of friends. But at the same time we're very excited to have Jon step in and provide the stability we've been looking for. He brings a lot of experience with him and we're looking forward to working on the new album together."
HEATHEN's played live tonight at the Metro in Oakland with EXODUS and MAD AT SAM.
"It's been a while since we did any shows with [EXODUS], so I'm really looking forward to it," said Altus. "I heard that this place is kind of small so it looks like it's going to be a sweat box, just like in the old days!"
The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:
METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have made their entire "Breaking the Silence" (1987) and "Victims of Deception" (1989) albums available for free download in the media section via their official web site heathenmetal.com.
HEATHEN's latest CD, "Recovered" which was released April 20th features covers of songs from QUEEN, THIN LIZZY, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and SWEET SAVAGE, as well as an original track, "In Memory of...", which was written and dedicated to former band member Randy Laird and lead vocalist David White's brother Jeffrey, whose untimely losses occurred in 1991.
The legendary bay area thrash band Heathen has reformed and is working on new songs, as well as revamping old material – as it stands now, guitarist Doug Piercy is not part of the reunion lineup.