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|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||Speed metal, thrash metal|
|Years active||1985–1988, 2011–present|
|Labels||Metal on Metal, Metal Blade|
|Associated acts||Metal Church, Reverend, Hirax|
|Past members||Rick Merrick
Heretic is an American speed and thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Beginning in 1985, the group's initial career saw two releases on Metal Blade Records and touring alongside noted heavy metal groups. After their 1988 breakup, singer Mike Howe joined Metal Church, while other members founded Reverend.
Guitarist Brian Korban and earlier vocalist Julian Mendez reformed Heretic in 2011. The band released their second full-length album the following year.
Initial career (1985–1988)
The group was founded by guitarists Brian Korban and Rick Halpin, bassist Scott Patton, drummer Rick Merick, and vocalist Mike "Towers" Torres; Halpin and Patton were soon replaced by Bobby Marquez and Dennis O'Hara respectively. After their debut track on the Metal Massacre Vol. 7 compilation on Metal Blade Records, Torres was replaced by Julian Mendez. This lineup released the Torture Knows No Boundary EP on Metal Blade in 1986, and began performing alongside of numerous noted heavy metal bands in Los Angeles.
Mike Howe replaced Mendez later that year. The Breaking Point album was issued on Metal Blade in 1988, shortly before Howe left the band to join Metal Church and Heretic disbanded. O'Hara and Korban next formed Reverend with ex-Metal Church vocalist David Wayne. The Don't Turn Your Back!! & Breaking Point compilation album of Heretic material followed on Metal Blade in 1991.
In 2011, Korban, O'Hara and Mendez reformed Heretic with guitarist Glenn Rogers of Hirax, employing a string of drummers that included Federico Dupay, Jason Rosenfeld (an early member of Anthrax), and ultimately Ignazio Coppola. O'Hara was later replaced by Angelo Espino, also formerly of Reverend and Hirax. The band released their second album, A Time of Crisis, the following year.
- Breaking Point (1988)
- A Time of Crisis (2012)
- From The Vault...Broken and Tortured (2013)
- Torture Knows No Boundary (1986)
- Don't Turn Your Back!! & Breaking Point (1991)
- Compilation appearances
- Metal Massacre Vol. 7 (1986)
- Compendium of Metal vol 5. (2012)