Heretic (1985-1988, 2011-present): a Thrash Metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA.


hen they started out in 1985, Heretic was a typical 1980's thrash metal band that would eventually evolve into a power metal outfit. Under their original incarnation, they would release the EP Torture Knows No Boundaries (1987) with the membership of Scott Patton (bass), Rick Merrick (drums), Rick Halpin (guitars), Mike Towers (vocals; ex-(B.O.W.A., Abattoir (USA), Alex Masi, Vermin, Ashes II Ashes, Court Marshall)) and Brian Korban (guitars; ex-Reverend) and The Breaking Point (1988) LP with Julian Mendez taking over vocals (ex-Stone Soldier), Dennis Ohara assuming bass (of-L.S.N., ex-(Dreams of Damnation, Reverend) and Bobby Marquez taking guitars from Rick Halpin. Mike Howe (ex-Snair) would then step in on vocals in 1988.

This line up wouldn't last for Howe would soon leave to join Metal Church and this, in part, would spell the end of Heretic.

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David Wayne would then recruit Brian Korban and Dennis Ohara for his new band Reverend.

The compilation Don't Turn Your Back!! & Breaking Point (1991) would be released posthumously.

In 2011, Heretic would reform under the membership of Julian Mendez (vocals), Brian Korban (guitars), Glenn Rogers (guitars; ex-(Deliverance, Primal, Final Decree, Hirax, Once Dead, Steel Vengeance, Viking, Vengeance Rising, Lambs Among Wolves, Max Blam Jam), Angelo Espino (bass; ex-(Bitch, L.S.N., Dissenter (USA), Anger As Art, Hirax, Once Dead, Predator, Reverend, Uncle Slam, Vermin) and Ignazio Coppola (drums) to release A Time Of Crisis (2012).

The box set From The Vault ... Tortured And Broken would follow.

Stuart Fujinami (ex-Dissenter (USA), ex-Reverend) would assume guitars in 2014 from Rogers for the release of A Game You Cannot Win (2017).

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Nation USA
City Los Angeles, California
Genre Thrash Metal
Formations 2
Active Years 1985-1988, 2011-
Last Modified 2022-10-02
Diskery ID 1804

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