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HERETIC

HERETIC
A Time Of Crises
(Metal On Metal Records)
46:09min

Incredible. It's been 24 years since Frisco Power Thrashers HERETIC's debut (and last) album "Breaking Point" came out in 1988. As most of us can still probably remember, Mike Howe sang on the "Breaking Point" album, who then joined METAL CHURCH - and guitarist Brian Korban and bassist Dennis O'Hara teamed up with former METAL CHURCH singer David Wayne, to form REVEREND. The history lesson is over. HERETIC reformed in 2011, having original vocalist Julian Mendez in the HERETIC 2012 line-up, who sang in the band's 1986 5-track EP titled "Torture Knows No Boundary" - as well as the band's original guitarist Brian Korban, who has also returned back to his old band. The 3 new guys to complete the HERETIC line-up - Angelo Espino on bass, Glenn Rogers on 2nd guitar and Ignazio Iggy Coppola on drums, they all have a long history (expect Ignazio on drums) in their previous other band line-ups already; from BITCH to HIRAX to DELIVERANCE to VENGEANCE RISING - among others), so all that musical experience they have already gotten on their side, should speak quite a lot in favor of these two gentlemen. On HERETIC's comeback record, this 12-track opus called "A Time Of Crises", the band has basically returned back to the same vibe and feeling that were captured into those times when "Torture..." and "Breaking Point" were recorded; i.e. old school Power / Thrash Metal, the kind of style that many of us obviously will find very appealing for ourselves. HERETIC's sort of a vintage grip on their hard-boiled Power / Thrash Metal sound, simply works great with this new line-up - and undoubtedly there's no way how they could be unhappy themselves either how "A Time Of Crises" turned out eventually for them content-wise. The album's loaded with many crunchy, aggressive riffs, Julian's excellent vocal delivery, an ever-flowing stream of spot-on solos, catchy tempo changes - and overall a top-notch musicianship that usually tends to make things a bit easier to compose an album like "A Time Of Crises" proves to be in the end. Mid-paced and relatively mind-sticking even Thrash Metal is what this is mostly, played with such a conviction that truly makes you to love the word 'comeback'. HERETIC's comeback was worth all that wait, although 23 long years almost did kill most of us. I am glad they are back nonetheless. More at: www.hereticusa.com, label: http://metal-on-metal.com

Luxi Lahtinen

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