HERESY - 1985-87 LP
Heresy is one of the most influential UK Hardcore Punk bands ever to exist. From 1985-1989 the band were one of the leading lights of the rapidly expanding UK scene. Heresy’s back catalogue has been totally re-mastered by Kalv Piper and Steve “Baz” Ballam from the band and “1985-87” is the first of a trilogy of discographies that Boss Tuneage has released (along with Face Up To It and 20 Reasons to End It All). This traces the early formative years of the band, from their previously unreleased 7 song demo tape from 1985 to the debut 6 track “Never Healed” flexi-disc 7”EP and contains the virtually-impossible-to –find 4 song “Thanks” 7” EP. In addition 2 previously unreleased tracks complete the 19 track album. With extensive sleeve notes from Kalv, the repackeged vinyl version (available again for the first time in three years) features tons of never seen before photos, tour posters and lyrics. An absolute must for any fan of Heresy or UK hardcore.
"If you were to make a list of the most influential U.K. hardcore/punk and metal bands, you could not avoid putting Heresy on the list. Those that know the band know that they're were a force to be reckoned with. Known for their breakneck speed songs and unparalleled live energy, Heresy set out to destroy everything in their path.
The early years of Heresy, namely 1985-87, are sometimes considered their best (depending on who you talk to). The band was at their rawest, most vicious stage. Amongst the constantly shifting lineup changes and some of the members transitioning from the raging Plasmid, Heresy was actually at their most experimental in their early stages. Arguably, they ushered in newer sounds to the hardcore/punk genre in smoother ways than other bands. The earliest of Heresy's records could even be argued as being very crusty with heavy metal influences such as Slayer or Amebix, though they're far from lacking the hardcore/punk vibe.
There are plenty of bands that fused metal and hardcore long before Heresy stepped up to the plate. Bands like Void, Napalm Death, and Siege had long since started to usher in more metallic sounding hardcore but Heresy managed to capture the it in a different way. For the first six months the band didn't even tune their instruments until Kalv Piper insisted on tuning his bass (which resulted in him receiving a lot of crap from the rest of the band). Not only that, but drummer Steve Charlesworth was told by a recording engineer that drums weren't meant to be played that fast at the time.
When listening to the earliest demo workings of the band, it sounds more like they were recording explosions and putting vocals to it. From the first few notes of the blistering “Never Healed” to thrash-y, crusty metallic licks in “Mentally Conned” and bloody beats in “Cries of Want”, the demo is an absolute smasher. The anarcho fueled and anti-war sentiments crank up the voltage and bring to mind bands like Discharge.The follow up flexi EP Never Healed is just as crushing as the demo. Though the band thought the flexi's recording turned out kinda shitty, it is still a menacing release that captures the insane energy the band was known for live. Songs like “More Blood is Shed” are epic step ups. The near five minute track thrashes and blasts start to finish, only picking up more momentum as it fires forth. Other tracks like “Anguish of War” is a blast-a-second killer that sets fire to everything in its wake. And still the classic “Never Healed” (which kicks off the record) sounds just as maddening as it did on the demo.
The band did move past their political and anti-war lyricism and move on to more personal songs when the Thanks! EP saw release in 1987 (and John March from Concrete Sox stepped up to do vocals). The three song EP was just as explosive as ever. The opener “Trapped in a Scene” is a raging piece of criticism about cliques and cliches and remains a classic, and a phrase used for both a book by Ian Glasper (the third in his documentation of U.K. punk) and a compilation released on 625 Thrashcore and Give Praise Records (and featuring bands like Hatred Surge and Endless Blockade).