I can’t say that I remember HERETIC from back in the 80s. I might have come upon the name once or twice but I don’t think I ever got to hear the music. Turn to 2012 and that has been rectified. Answers by Glenn Rogers (guitars) and Angelo Espino (bass). Anders Ekdahl ©2012
Why do we see a new Heretic album now?
Glenn: We just feel that there is unfinished business. Heretic has more music to give.
What was it that made you want to reform the band and not start anew?
Glenn: It took a while for Brian Korban to want to play in a band again. Julian Mendez contacted Brian, and started to get it going. As soon as word got out we were offered a slot on a short tour with Malice and Bitch. That’s when we kicked it into gear.
What kind of foundation can you continue to build on? What from the 80s can you take into the 21st century?
Glenn: The band is built on its love of playing music. For whatever reason people respond to our type of Metal. We will just do what we do, and if people like it, then it won’t matter what century we’re in.
Angelo: Our foundation is the one Brian built 25 years ago. So as long as he is at the helm of the band’s song writing, we will remain very consistent. We were all forged from the early 80s thrash scene so what you hear is what you get.
What has the internet meant for the interest in the band over the years? How much have you done to keep the band name alive over the years?
Glenn: The internet is good and bad for bands. The good side is people around the world can reach out to you. Makes it easier to connect with the fans. The bad side is free downloading kills any way to make a living in music.
What was the LA metal scene like back in the 80s? What was it like to be a part of the Metal Blade rooster back then?
Glenn: The LA scene was one big party that went on and on. The thing I remember the most was??? A lot of us don’t remember much. The Metal Blade bands were pretty spread out. We knew the local one’s like Viking, Hirax and Lizzy Borden. For the most part everyone was alright with each other, but you were mainly focused on your own band.
Angelo: The scene was thriving. It’s where it all started so I am very proud to have been part of it. Unfortunately the glam metal scene pushed true metal underground but here we are, back better than ever.
When you were in the middle of it, did it feel like you were a part of something new and fresh? How do you view the progress your kind of metal has made over the years?
Glenn: When we were in it at the time we didn’t think about the scope of what we were doing. We were all trying to get signed, play shows and hopefully make it in the business.
Angelo: We knew we were a part of something special. Metal has branched off into so many sub-genres. Some good, some, well…
How much different is today’s metal scene in LA? Where do you fit in today?
Glenn: The metal scene is underground in LA. Most local shows bring in about 50 to 100 people. Back in the day you could get 300 people in to a show. Like in Spinal Tap the audience has grown more selective.
Angelo: It’s refreshing to see there is a metal scene, but it’s total shit compared to where it was back in the day. Where we fit in is up to the people who buy our records though.
How have the metal sound evolved since you started? Where will Heretic fit in today’s metal scene? What kind of bands are there for you to play with?
Glenn: Metal still sounds the same to me. Loud drums, guitars and bass with some screaming in a mic. Most shows will have a lot of different styles of metal.
What kind of expectations do you have on the new album? What is it that you want it to achieve for you?
Glenn: The goal is still the same as it was in the 80s. We want to write and record songs for metal fans to enjoy. If we sell alot of CDs that would be great too.
Angelo: I have no expectations. We just wanted to write and record the best record possible. I hope people like it and it’s well received. We hope to get some great European festivals from it.
What more can we expect from Heretic now that you are back?
Glenn: We plan to record more CDs and tour a much as we can.
Angelo: World domination.