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The San Francisco Bay Area has produced what is undoubtedly the greatest lineage of Heavy Metal in the 30-odd years of the genre's existence. However, recent times called for the reformation of some of the Bay Area's finest Thrash bands looking to rise up once more and reclaim the throne of heavy music. Such is Heathen's story.



One of the most unique bands to rise from the second wave of the Bay Area Thrash explosion, Heathen's style is characterized by high-speed precision guitar with harmony sections coupled with melodic singing. Heathen was formed in late 1984 by Russian-born Lee Altus (guitars) and Carl Sacco (drums).



After the many years of changes. Heathen is now ready to release Evolution Of Chaos , the first full-length album of all new material in 20 years. Evolution Of Chaos has been a work in progress for the past 5 years, and Heathen is happy to say it s finally finished and ready to release.



Evolution Of Chaos , written and recorded by the current line-up of vocalist David White, guitarist Lee Altus, guitarist Kragen Lum, bassist Jon Torres, and percussionist Darren Minter.



Evolution Of Chaos is a true epic of Heathen s brand of metal with guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt (Exodus), former Heathen guitarist Terry Lauderdale, and more. A must have addition to any metal collection.

1. Intro
2. Dying Season
3. Control by Chaos
4. No Stone Unturned
5. Arrows of Agony
6. Fade Away
7. A Hero s Welcome
8. Undone
9. Bloodkult
10. Red Tears of Disgrace
11. Silent Nothingness

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mascot Label Group
  • ASIN: B0032IAB4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on March 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Both Breaking the Silence and Victims of Deception by Heathen are classic albums, but they have always been overshadowed by other thrash bands' releases that came out during the same period. The Evolution of Chaos is Heathen's first album in nearly 20 years -- unlike many other reunion/comeback discs, however, it is an unparalled success that will take its place among thrash metal masterpieces in the years to come.

This album is the epitome of thrash metal that avoids the pitfalls of any modern-sounding so-called metal albums. It maintains a very nice early 90s feel to it, utilizing hammering riffery from the outset, the unmistakable melodic facade brought to the songs by vocalist David White, and of course Lee Altus' signature guitar sound. The comparisons to later day Exodus are not completely off, given three of their (past) members make an appearance on this album and Altus is the primary writer. That said, Heathen's songs are a lot more varied and melodically developed. This definitely stems from the fact that all of the compositions impart indelible harmonies. Take the dual guitar force of "Control by Chaos", complete with intricate twin guitar sweeps, skin-peeling thrash riffs, and ultimately melodic harmonies. Whilst the song involves all the necessary thrash metal ingredients executed with primitive hunger, it is the guitarists' melodic explorations and White's gripping vocal parts that set it apart from other acts' releases. Also, the song contains a dexterous mid-part with hammering staccato riffs that precedes a fantastic run-out solo.

Two songs from the band's 2005 demo have been carried over to this magnum opus.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By revolution is my name on February 25, 2010
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For those of you wondering if it's worth taking a chance on an older band from the Bay area that only has two members remaining from back in the day, the answer is a resounding Yes!!!

Heaviness, speed, good songwriting, and excellent production all come together on The Evolution Of Chaos. This album has a definite Exodus feel to it, which makes sense with founding member Lee Altus (who wrote a lot of the music) having played in Exodus. Gary Holt and Rob Dukes also make guest appearances.

This is one of those rare albums that will immediately make you bang your head and will keep you listening for a long time. With most songs lasting more than six minutes and one eleven minute monster this album has an epic feel to it without becoming pretentious or boring.

Overall I can't imagine a thrash metal fan being dissapointed with the new Heathen... To me this is the best metal album of the year so far...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deimos on March 6, 2010
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Heathens glorious return to thrash! \m/\m/ Long overdue but worth the wait. This album picks up right where Breaking The Silence left off. Amazing riffs, still amazing vocals, great song construction and an amazing listen all the way through. Heathen have returned! \m/\m/
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By torquemada on March 8, 2010
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this album is my introduction to the music of Heathen and from what I read, it took 20 years in the making.
some of the reviewers here are drawing comparisons to exodus and i have to somehow agree but in my humble 18 years of metal listening experience i find that this cd picks up where metallica's 'and justice for all' has left off. while surely the music in here nods heavily at exodus, for me it reeks of metallica worship without falling into copycat territory. the album captures and keeps your attention hostage throughout its 11 track span. not counting the intro, each of the 10 thrashy slabs offered here brims with energy that is missing from many 'reunion' and 'comeback' albums.
it is passionately executed and viciously addictive. although the album is packed with very technical riffing you dont remember melodies (at least from my experience in listening to this album) but rather, an aura that remains with you long after the album ends. each song links seamlessly with the next that the whole album sounds like shifting moods (all rooted in bad ass thrash mindframe, dont worry) rather than a collection of songs. to put it simply this sounds like metallica (minus hetfield) is releasing an album right after 'justice', under the supervising of exodus. the opening riff to 'no stone unturned' will remind you of metallica's 'dont tread on me' from their black album and on 'bloodkult' the guitars are so reminiscent of the 'ride the lightning' guitar sound. add to it a well balanced production and the result is an invigorating sound that still preserves the feel of the late 80's and early 90's; thrash metal's finest hours.
2009-2010 seems a fertile period for quality thrash comebacks (slayer, overkill, sacrifice) as well as newcomers (trauma, abuser) and those who were overlooked back then, like Heathen. dont be afraid to dig in and feed your greedy ears.
for the metal thrashing mad, this is not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean Swiatek on March 2, 2010
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I've been waiting for this album for 5 years ever since hearing the 3 song demo that came out in 2005 and it did not disappoint! This is a fantastic album that I would be willing to name the metal album of 2010 and the year is not over yet. Maybe even the metal album of the past 10 years, this album is just that good.

I was never a huge Heathen fan until I heard that demo (and the 1988 demo with Paul Baloff which I thought was much better than the songs that came out on Victims Of Deception. I am however a huge fan of thrash metal, including bands like Exodus (who have a similar sound). If you're a fan of Heathen, Exodus or thrash metal at all then this is a must own album.
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Well stated. I couldnt have fallen into a better album than this, it will be mandatory for me to examine their old catalog to see what I was missing.
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