Heathen   Victims of Deception
4.3
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Ranking: #11 for 1991

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0.0 chambered89 | March 25th 10

album fucking destroys my soul

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5.0 classicChaoticVortex | April 2nd 15

Heathen amps up the complexity in their songwriting resulting in one of the greatest thrash metal records ever and despite all the technicality in them, the songs are still accessible.

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0.0 Exhorder | January 5th 13

It really is a shame that this album is not known by more people as this is a monster of a progressive/technical thrash album that couples really complex song structures with technical as fuck riffing and some great drumming coupled with a midway point vocalist caught between trying to sound like John Bush and Joey Belladonna-this guy would be even better probably in Anthrax. This release is arguably one of the top 3 thrash releases of all time.

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0.0 ViperAces | November 12th 12

Heaven.

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4.5 superbStrikeOfTheBeast | July 3rd 17

The late 80's/early 90's saw the genre shift into more progressive and technical exhibitions, and a handful of bands led the pack. Heathen was one of those behemoths, and they perfected a brand of accessible tech/prog thrash metal in their magnum opus Victims of Deception. They venture into political themes not unlike most bands of the time, and while the subject matter isn't original, they handle it well with surprisingly thoughtful lyrics. "Hynotized" is not just a riff monster, but it also handles religious fraud with a realistic outlook (fools give money to the church/to earn their place with god/in our eyes it's contradiction/and religious fraud) and a biting message to choose your own path. "Opiate of The Masses" is a palm muters wet dream with its progressive bound, super memorable riffs and clever lyrics and one liners on tyranny and leaders. David White ups the aggression in his vocals and makes for a more powerful performance than on their debut, the production is gorgeous and heavy as balls, and the songwriting is flawless in execution and sound. While most songs reach past seven minutes, they do not give out and are constantly engaging. Victims of Deception will not deceive you as it is a pinnacle for the genre and a considerable influence on progressive/technical music that came after it. A true classic.

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3.5 greatgilatrigma | July 4th 15

Great thrash metal, excellently produced, some excellent songs. Tight drums, snappy thrash metal guitars.

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