Updated: Aug 15, 2020
Heathen's comeback album gets a reissue
Heathen, are not best known for their output. Since 1984 they have only released four albums and it's been a decade since their last. As they finally announce that they are heading back into the studio, it seems a fitting time to remaster and reissue their so-called comeback album.
It may be brain-rattlingly heavy in places, but there are hidden layers that you may have missed the first time around. Take the sitar on the Intro that Lee Altus adapts for his guitar work on Dying Season. And the semi-operatic vocal from David White and the duel guitars on No Stone Unturned could almost pass for a Maiden track from the same epoch.
They also handle the softer moments on the album with ease. Red Tears of Disgrace being an obvious example of classical guitar being used to create an atmosphere. So much of this album is about creating a solid atmospheric base for the songs, (which still stand up by the way) rather than just making a wall of sound.