The History of Heretic
HERETIC is a classic style heavy metal band that formed in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. The band name was originated by Brian Korban (guitarist and funding member), and became the title of the first song he wrote for the group. Brian also designed the band’s classic logo, and conceived the cover arts for the band's albums. In the beginning, HERETIC's line-up consisted of Brian Korban on guitar, Mike Torres on vocals, Scott Patton on bass, Rick Halpin on guitar, and Rick Merrick on drums. With time, Rick Halpin and Scott Patton were replaced by two mainstay group members, guitarist Robert Marquez, and bassist Dennis O'Hara.
HERETIC drew a lot of positive attention from a fast-growing LA music scene, and was quickly signed by Metal Blade Records. The group was showcased on "Metal Massacre 7" (1986) with the song "Impulse". Soon after, Mike Torres left the band to join ABATTOIR. Without missing a beat, the band enlisted a new vocalist Julian Mendez and shortly afterwards HERETIC went into the studio to record their EP "Torture Knows No Boundary" (1986).
The band went on to open for many big name acts, such as METALLICA, MEGADETH, SAXON, MOTORHEAD, ARMORED SAINT, METAL CHURCH, RIOT and THE PLASMATICS, just to name a few. With management and label pressures, Heretic replaced Mendez with local L.A. singer Mike Howe. HERETIC followed up with the release of their LP "Breaking Point" (1988). Unfortunately, the group disbanded soon after, due to Howe's decision to join METAL CHURCH. Brian Korban and Dennis O'Hara regrouped and formed the band REVEREND, with legendary vocalist David Wayne who had just departed METAL CHURCH. The trio went on to record three albums as Reverend.
Flash forward nearly two decades: Newly reformed in 2011 by founding member Brian Korban, and vocalist Julian Mendez ("Torture Knows No Boundary" EP 1986), along with veteran musicians Glenn Rogers (guitar), Angelo Espino (bass), and the thundering drums of new comer Ignazio "Iggy" Coppola, the newly reunited band went on to have a busy 2011 by playing several reunion tour dates. They didn't stop there though. Still in 2011, the first new songs started taking shape. In writing the new material for its upcoming CD, the revamped HERETIC stuck to its classic metal roots. In March of 2012 the band entered Trench Recording Studios with producer John Anthony Haddad to record their first record in over 25 years. Continuing on in 2012 the band signed a deal with Metal On Metal Records who happened to be big fans of both prior HERETIC releases. Upon hearing the new material, the label had no doubts that it was going to be a great come back record, and released "A Time of Crisis" on July 26th 2012. After many tour dates in the ensuing two plus years which included several US and European festivals, the band parted ways with Metal On Metal and began to work on its follow up to ATOC titled "A Game You Cannot Win".
During the writing of their new record, the band endured another line up change when guitarist Glenn Rogers left for personal reasons. In stepped Stuart Fuji, a long time friend, collaborator, and former Reverend guitarist. "Stuart had a ton of familiarity with the band being a member of Reverend, and playing keyboard on some of the earlier Heretic material" states Brian. HERETIC once again entered the recording studio with the great John Anthony Haddad, and began recording AGYCW over a two year period. Upon completion, the band went to work seeking out a new record label to release their recent works. In July of 2017, the band inked a deal with European heavy hitters Dissonance Productions, the home of classic acts such as Grimm Reaper, Diamond Head, and Salem just to name a few. Steve Beatty, Dissonance label boss:
"I am stoked to have this great band on the label. This record blew me away and is a fast lane favorite. I hope I don’t get another speeding ticket! A combination of precision and muscle, not to be messed with"!
"A Game You Cannot Win" drops 10/27/2017, and the band looks forward to a busy 2018. \m/