Heresy

Heresy

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Hailing from a tiny village outside Stoke-on-Trent, UK - Plasmid - as they were originally called - started as a three piece politically-themed fast hardcore punk formed by Reevsy (guitar/vocals) and his 15 year old cousin Steve, on drums.

After one Plasmid demo, they joined up with newly recruited bassist Kalv from Nottingham, playing some local shows under their newly chosen, more "metallic" moniker, Heresy. Many of the early shows were booked by local HC promoter, and later Earache founder, Dig. Influenced by Discharge and the fastest US HC bands like MDC (2), Dirty Rotten Imbeciles and especially Siege (2), Heresy were lucky to have the formidable talents of Steve on drums, though young, he put himself through a punishing daily rehearsal schedule, such that he was arguably the fastest drummer in the world when they entered the local Nottingham no-budget Pavilion Studios just before Xmas 1985 to record the "Never Healed" flexi.

With Reevsy on guitar and vocal duties,and Kalv on bass, the band laid down 6 tracks in barely a day. The flexi was released by Kalv and Dig's DIY jointly funded label (the name "Earache" was added to the label at the last minute) and all 3000 copies sold out right away. The six tracks included were blisteringly fast thrash with non-existent production, but the proto-metalcore riffs in the songs attracted metal fans to the band as well as the usual hardcore punk crowd. At this time, Heresy would often play in the The Mermaid pub in Birmingham (usually sharing the bill with the still unsigned Napalm Death), and it was noticeable that both bands' drummers were engaged in a kind of friendly rivalry to see who could play fastest on the night.

Music was accelerated to superhuman speeds, and grindcore had its birthplace in early 1986 on that stage. By 1986 Dig had officially formed his fledgling record label, Earache Records and asked Heresy to record a split LP with fellow Nottingham politico-punks Concrete Sox. The first recording of the Heresy side took place at Rich Bitch studios in Birmingham early that year, and featured Reevsy on vocals, but on the eve of a European tour later in the year, the band recruited the current Concrete Sox drummer John March to join on vocals to boost their on stage presence. Having gone down well on tour, John's high energy stage jumping antics were spectacular at the time, he joined Heresy permanently and re-recorded the vocals in the studio for the eventual Heresy/Concrete Sox split LP release in early 1987. By the time of the release, Reevsy had quit because he was unable to commit to any touring, so Mitch Dickinson of the then unsigned Unseen Terror stepped in ably on live guitar.

The Heresy Mosh Crew, as they became known, undertook further tours including UK touring with the Stupids, and toured Europe many times, with the likes of B.G.K., Lärm etc, becoming almost like ambassadors for the growing UKHC scene. Heresy were soon to be joined by the even faster and noisier Napalm Death playing Europe's squat and youth club circuit constantly. Mitch's sole recordings with the band were the "Thanks" 4-track 7" EP, recorded in 1987 at the Radio Trent studios in Nottingham, (released DIY by a fan in Germany and sold on tour), and the 2 tracks on the ludicrous UK Rock DJ's "Bailey Brothers - Diminished Responsibility" compilation of up 'n coming UK thrash talent. This was released on a major label, and thankfully disappeared without trace.

On the eve of the bands first BBC radio session with famed DJ John Peel, Heresy decided to split with Earache and go fully DIY in their endeavors, recording a number of albums and EP's under their own steam over the following 18 months, but, ultimately line up problems lead to the band splitting up in December 1988. In 1990 Earache made available a retrospective CD of all the bands recordings for the label. Entitled "Never Slit Thanks" (shorthand for it containing the "Never Healed" flexi, Split LP and "Thanks" EP, but with the obligatory tongue-in-cheek Japanese spelling mistake) it was Licensed by Toys Factory so was only available in Japan.
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Heresy Discography

Albums

Concrete Sox / Heresy Concrete Sox / Heresy - Concrete Sox / Heresy Earache UK 1987 Sell This Version
Heresy Face Up To It! (Album) In Your Face Records (2) Japan 1988 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ear 1 Heresy Never Healed E.P.(Flexi, 7", EP) Earache ear 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Heresy Thanks! (EP) Limited Edition Records (4) Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Heresy Whose Generation? (EP) In Your Face Records (2) UK 1989 Sell This Version
WKP 01, ME 1008 Heresy / Meatfly Heresy / Meatfly - Heresy / Meatfly(12") Nikt Nic Nie Wie, Nikt Nic Nie Wie WKP 01, ME 1008 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
none Heresy Live At Leeds(7", S/Sided, Etch) Open Records (5) none US 1992 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Heresy / Righteous Pigs / Napalm Death / Extreme Noise Terror Heresy / Righteous Pigs / Napalm Death / Extreme Noise Terror - Thrash Or Fucking Die Compilation(Cass, Comp) BBP Records (2) none UK 1987 Sell This Version
FACE 07 Heresy 13 Rocking Anthems(LP, Comp) In Your Face Records (2) FACE 07 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TFCK-88519 Heresy Never Slit Thanks(CD, Comp) Toy's Factory TFCK-88519 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
Heresy 1985 - '87 (Comp) Speedstate Records Japan 2004 Sell This Version
Heresy 20 Reasons To End It All (Comp) Speedstate Records Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Heresy / Unseen Terror / Intense Degree Heresy / Unseen Terror / Intense Degree - Grind Madness At The BBC - The Earache Peel Sessions (Comp) Earache UK 2015 Sell This Version

Videos

Heresy 1987 MCR UK UK 1992 Sell This Version