Heresy (band)

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OriginNottingham, England
Years active1985–1989
LabelsEarache, In Your Face, Lost & Found, Boss Tuneage
Associated actsPlasmid, Unseen Terror, Ripcord, Concrete Sox, Geriatric Unit, Meatfly
Kalvin Piper
Steve Charlesworth
John March
Mitch Dickinson

Heresy were a hardcore punk band from Nottingham, England, formed in 1985 and active until late 1989. They released three albums and recorded three sessions for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show.[1] They are credited as one of the key bands in the late 1980s UK hardcore scene, and one of the original grindcore bands.[2]


The band was formed by Reevsy (guitar, vocals), Kalvin "Kalv" Piper (bass), and Steve Charlesworth (drums), the first two having previously been in the Stoke-on-Trent band Plasmid.[3] Their first release was the 1986 6-track flexi-disc Never Healed - the first release on Earache Records, which was followed by a split LP with Concrete Sox. They then added a singer, who was soon replaced by Concrete Sox drummer John March. Reevsy left the band to be replaced by Mitch Dickinson from Unseen Terror on guitar. The band toured through Europe with this line-up.[3]

In 1988, Mitch left the band, to be replaced by Baz from Ripcord, the new line-up recording the Face Up to It LP. The band's final album, 1989's 13 Rocking Anthems, was compiled from their last two Peel Sessions. The band split up in late 1988.[3] Members Steve and Kalv formed Meatfly, and now play in UK hardcore band Geriatric Unit.



  • Never Healed flexi EP (1986) Earache
  • Thanks! 7" (1987)
  • Whose Generation? 7" (1989) In Your Face
  • Live at Leeds 7" (1990) Open


  • Heresy/Concrete Sox split LP (1987) Earache
  • Face Up To It LP (1988) In Your Face (UK Indie No. 13)[4]
  • 13 Rocking Anthems LP (1989) In Your Face
  • Never Slit Thanks CD (1990) Earache/Toys Factory (compilation)
  • Voice Your Opinion (1992) Lost & Found
  • Visions Of Fear (1992) Lost & Found
  • ``Voice Of Fear``(199?) Lost & Found
  • 1985-87 (2006) Boss Tuneage
  • 20 Reasons To End It All (2007) Boss Tuneage


  • 1987 Excerpts From 4 Live Shows (2006) Boss Tuneage


  1. ^ Heresy at the BBC's Keeping It Peel site
  2. ^ Marcus, Andrew (2008) "Heresy", Alternative Press, "Heresy, like no band before them, harnessed the hormonal force of American hardcore and spiked it with metal-tipped UK82 punk"
  3. ^ a b c KFTH Heresy biography
  4. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997) "Indie Hits 1980-1989", Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4

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