Nuclear Blast press release:

The ink has finally dried and Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Bay Area's indomitable thrash metal band Heathen!

Founding member & guitarist Lee Altus comments on the new alliance: "I'm really happy and couldn't think of a better label for Heathen. I've known people at Nuclear Blast, some of whom have been fans of the band going as far back as the early demo days, and have been friends with them for many years. It's amazing for me to think that throughout this band's career, every album we recorded has been released on a different label. I can finally say that we have found home. Nuclear Blast has become a mecca for Bay Area thrash bands and we are happy to join our friends and partners in crime Exodus, Death Angel, Testament and Forbidden. Now it's time to get to work on the new album!"

Lead singer David White adds: "I want to thank all the fans for their amazing support; we do not take any of this lightly! Now we move forward with a true Metal record company that really understands what we're all about, 2012 and beyond!"

Jaap Wagemaker of the A&R Department at Nuclear Blast Germany shares the following:

"It is no secret that the staff of Nuclear Blast has a soft spot for thrash metal. We all grew up here with classics such as Breaking The Silence and Victims Of Deception, and who doesn't remember that legendary tour from 1991 with Sepultura, Sacred Reich and Heathen destroying the stages night after night! We are totally stoked to announce that these legendary Bay Area Thrashers have inked a deal with us and are now labelmates with Exodus, Death Angel,Testament, Forbidden, Anthrax, Sepultura, Overkill, Kreator, Destruction and Tankard! Since Heathen's reunion for Thrash Of The Titans, we had been following the band very closely over the last couple of years with first-hand information from Lee Altus - who is also swinging the axe in Exodus - and what we heard from him made us very curious! After seeing Heathen play an amazing show at Rock Hard and their release of another classic album with The Evolution Of Chaos, it was very clear to us that the band needed to become part of the Nuclear family as well. Seeing the band play several times at last year's Thrashfest Classics, we were finally able to make this work! With the signing of Heathen, another thrash dream has came true! Welcome home guys!"

Band profile: Heathen
Posted: 15.04.2012 by Abattoir


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TrueMetalJope - 15.04.2012 at 13:44  
I'm not a huge fan of bands of Nuclear Blast but this is gonna make an exception. They do deserve a good label and I hope they can keep the quality of releases up .
exomorphyx89 - 15.04.2012 at 20:54  
A very underated band. They have very good stuff and thrashers need to listen to their music.
Ritual_Suicide - 15.04.2012 at 21:31  
Nuclear Blast and Earache seem to be in a race with each other over who can cash in the most on the renewed interest in thrash.

Not that I'm complaining.
Jiri - 15.04.2012 at 23:23  
Finally! A band "signed" a deal instead of "inking" one in the MS headline. And yes, I am aware of the first sentence of this article
strade - 16.04.2012 at 00:49  
Good news. Now, less filler this time boys.
Kwis - 19.04.2012 at 01:12  
Breaking the Silence/Victims of Deception - MANDATORY listening required by any metal fan. If they can capture the spirit of those two albums in a new album, whoo!

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