Five piece thrash metal band, Heathen, formed in 1984 as part of the first wave of Bay Area thrash bands that helped stabilise a genre of heavy metal that remains popular to this day. The band gained initial success with their first album, “Breaking the Silence,” released on Combat Records in 1987. Driven by the riffs and harmonic structure provided by guitarist Lee Altus and the memorable vocals of David White, the album showcased Heathen’s signature sound, mixing aggression and melody. Just prior to the “Breaking the Silence” tour, drummer Darren Minter joined Heathen’s lineup, bringing a more powerful backbone to the band.
Over the years there have been various line up changes, including one due to the tragic death of bassist Randy Laire in a car crash in 1992.
They have released just three albums in the almost 30 years since forming but have been touring relentlessly, taking their brand of metal to audiences worldwide.
Heathen tour dates listed on Ents24.com since Jan 2010.
Official website myspace.com/heathenmetal