Heresy

Also known as Heresy
Members of Heresy: John March, Kalvin Piper, Mitchell Dickinson, Reevsy, Stephen Charlesworth, Steve Ballam
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.myspace.com/heresyneverdie

Discography of Heresy:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Whose Generation? 6 Audio 1989 In Your Face Records (2)
2 Concrete Sox / Heresy 11 Audio 1987 Earache
3 Visions Of Fear (Discography Part Two) 24 Audio 1992 Lost And Found Records
4 Voice Your Opinion (Discography Part One) 24 Audio 1992 Lost And Found Records
5 Never Healed E.P. 6 Audio 1986 Earache
6 13 Rocking Anthems 11 Audio 1989 In Your Face Records (2)
7 Face Up To It! 31 Audio 2006-08-03 Boss Tuneage
8 1985 - '87 19 Audio 2006 Boss Tuneage
9 20 Reasons To End It All 16 Audio 2006 Speedstate Records
10 Face Up To It! 18 Audio 1988 In Your Face Records (2)
11 Live At Leeds 3 Audio 1990 Open Records (5)
12 Thanks! 4 Audio 1987 Limited Edition Records (4)
13 Never Slit Thanks 26 Audio 1990 Toy's Factory
14 20 Reasons To End It All 20 Audio 2006 Boss Tuneage
15 Voice Your Opinion (Discography Part One) 24 Audio 1992 Lost And Found Records
16 Visions Of Fear (Discography Part Two) 23 Audio 1992 Lost And Found Records
17 Voice Your Opinion - 異端者 26 Audio 1988
18 Face Up To It! 18 Audio 1988 Konkurrel
19 20 Reasons To End It All 20 Audio 1992 Toy's Factory
20 1985 - '87 19 Audio 2004 Speedstate Records
21 Face Up To It! 29 Audio 2005 Speedstate Records
22 1985 - '87 23 Audio 2010-06-14 Boss Tuneage
23 Face Up To It! 17 Audio 2010-06-14 Boss Tuneage
24 Live 13.4.1987 19 Audio 1987 Sewer Corpse Tapes
25 Heresy / Meatfly 10 Audio 1992
26 Voice Of Fear 48 Audio 1995 Lost And Found Records
27 1985-87 23 Audio 2005 Boss Tuneage
28 1985 - '87 23 Audio 2007 Boss Tuneage
29 20 Reasons To End It All 20 Audio 2007 Boss Tuneage
30 Visions Of Fear (Discography Part Two) 23 Audio 1992 Lost And Found Records
31 Face Up To It! 18 Audio 1988 Still Thinking
32 Face Up To It! 17 Audio 2010-06-14 Boss Tuneage
33 Face Up To It! 17 Audio 2008 Boss Tuneage
34 Face Up To It! 18 Audio 2006 Boss Tuneage
35 Thanks! 4 Audio 1987 Limited Edition Records (4)
36 Thanks! 4 Audio 1987 Limited Edition Records (4)
37 Thanks! 4 Audio 1987 Limited Edition Records (4)
38 Voice Your Opinion (Discography Part One) 24 Audio 1992 Lost And Found Records
39 1985 - '87 23 Audio 2005 Boss Tuneage
40 20 Reasons To End It All 23 Audio 2007 Boss Tuneage
41 Concrete Sox / Heresy 11 Audio 1987 Earache
42 Thanks! 4 Audio 1987 Limited Edition Records (4)
43 Live '86 12 Audio S.O.A. (2)


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 [a=Discharge] and the fastest US HC bands like [a=MDC (2)], [a=Dirty Rotten Imbeciles] and especially [a=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 [a=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 [a=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 [a=Unseen Terror] stepped in ably on live guitar.

The Heresy Mosh Crew, as they became known, undertook further tours including UK touring with the [a=stupids, The], and toured Europe many times, with the likes of [a=B.G.K.], [a=Lärm] etc, becoming almost like ambassadors for the growing UKHC scene. Heresy were soon to be joined by the even faster and noisier [a=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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