“Heresy” is one of the defining albums of the 80s era. This album released in 1989 by the band hailing from Germany called “Paradox” is one of the best concept albums ever to be released. The album preaches a conceptual story of 13th century Roman Catholic crusades.
The album brilliantly begins with a flash of thunderstorm and an acoustic piece with the title track. A classic heavy/ thrash metal riff soon takes over and bring out an instant headbanger in you. The songwriting of Peter and Nigel Vogt should be of special mention. The album moves on to the second track of the album, “Search for Perfection”, another blend of heavy metal riff, and a solo, which leaves you asking for more of it, and “Paradox” doesn’t disappoint you, with “Killtime”, the third track of the album. Probably one of the best intros written in this album, and with the shouts of Charly Steinhauer soon taking over, one simply cannot ask for any more. The halfway mark of the album happens with a four minute twenty seven seconds track called “Crusaders Revenge”.
Side B of the album begins with another wonderful acoustic intro and soon gives way to the gritty, dark, riff that is found throughout the album, another definitive solo on this particular track really enhances the quality of the musicianship that is found throughout the album. Three tracks down the line and some of the best and classic riffs throughout the album, slow down to another acoustic outro and a flash of thunderstorm again, called “Castle in the Wind”. The drumming by Axel Blaha should be of special mention.
Overall “Heresy” is one of the classic concept albums ever to be produced in the history of heavy/ thrash metal. The band showed excellent musicianship both in the lyrical and composition aspect. This makes “Heresy” a must listen to any of the metal maniacs out there.
Associated acts/ listen: Brain Damage, Outloud, Vicious Rumors
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Written by: Dessembrae