Artist Biography Available in: "Heathen" are an American thrash metal band originating from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Heathen were formed in 1984 by guitarist Lee Altus and drummer Carl Sacco (formerly of Metal Church), who later recruited lead vocalist Sam Kress and guitarist Jim Sanguinetti (Who went on to found the band Mordred). Shortly after their first gig in 1985, Kress and Sanguinetti left the group and were replaced by vocalist David Godfrey (formerly of Blind Illusion) and guitarist Doug Piercy (formerly of Anvil Chorus and Control). The band also recruited bassist Eric Wong around this time. This lineup debuted in early 1986 and soon became prolific around the Bay Area. Their early style could be described as the aggression of thrash metal combined with NWOBHM-style vocals and arrangements, acoustic intros or outros, and fast-paced melodic shred solos.
Heathen's break came when they released their Pray For Death demo, which in 1987 resulted in their signing by Combat Records, and their debut album Breaking the Silence was released in 1987.
The band went on hiatus in 1992, and reunited in 2001, as of 2014 the bands current line-up features David White - Vocals Lee Altus - Guitar Jason Viebrooks - Bass Darren Minter - Drums Kragen Lum - Guitar.