DAVID WHITE (HEATHEN): “Nobody Knows Which Way Is Up Anymore… Everything Is Chaos”


Bay Area Thrashers Return With Aggression

It’s been 10 years since the release of Heathen’s comeback album The Evolution of Chaos. As they say, good things come to those who wait. Heathen is on the cusp of releasing their fourth studio album Empire of the Blind [review]. It promises to push the limits of aggression, melody, and power. At first listen of the advanced singles from the album, truer words couldn’t have been spoken. Guitarist Kragen Lum has been working on the album between 2012 and 2019 since the band signed with Nuclear Blast Records. Vocalist David White sat down to chat with Metal Express Radio ahead of the album’s release.

Highlights include:

  • Discussion of Heathen’s latest album Empire of the Blind
  • Why ten years has passed since Heathen’s last release
  • Memories of the early Heathen years
  • The aftermath of bad management
  • Ronnie Montrose’s effect on the recording of Breaking the Silence (1987)
  • Why the band wouldn’t rework Victims of Deception (1991)
  • The Evolution of Chaos (2010) 10 Year Anniversary release
  • Will the back catalog be remastered and remixed?
  • Is there a live release in the works?

Heathen is:

Jim DeMaria – Drums
Lee Altus – Guitar
Jason Mirza – Bass
Kragen Lum – Guitar
David White – Vocals

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  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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