were formed in Trenton, NJ in 1983 by guitarist Rob Warner. The band consisted
of vocalist Bob Pizzauro, Guitarist Rob Warner and Tony Lee, bassist Larry
Milhalko, and drummer Chris Teresyn. Highly influenced by the NWOBHM scene
and the rising US speed metal bands, they started off as a cover band
playing songs like "Queen of the Ryche," "Fast As A Shark" and "Soldiers
of Metal" and soon developed into a tight speed metal unit. Back in '84
- '85 we all thought that Heathen's Rage were going to be the next big
thing. They were packing the halls around town and opening for other bands
who were beginning to see some success as well, like Anthrax and S.O.D. The last show I saw them at was when
they opened for Anthrax at City
Garden in Trenton, NJ. (Anthrax were on their "Spreading the Disease" Tour).
released the 3 song EP pictured above in 1984 on Rock Dreams Records .
Rock Dreams was a local record store that specialized in heavy metal.
(Tony's best friend worked at Rock Dreams at the time.) I think this EP
was either their first or second attempt at starting their own record
The lineup changed
after the release of the record and Tony and Bob left. Tony joined a band
called Drunken Angel who released one demo. After Tony and Bob
left, Heathens Rage recorded a four song demo tape with a new singer before
Rob Warner split the band up to form Warner. Tony Lee later formed
a band in NYC called Railroad Jerks that have released several
albums over the years..
Tony Lee was
a close friend of mine throughout high school until I moved away to go
to college in late 1985. He and I went to many concerts together back
then and I never missed a Heathen's Rage show. (Caught quite a few practices
down in the basement as well.) We use to hang out and listen to music
quite a bit as well. Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Raven, Saxon, Anthrax, Accept, Judas
Priest, Twisted Sister and Metallica's "Kill
'Em All" were some of his favorites.
Heathen's Rage never broke out from the underground, although from the
amount of e-mail I have received over the past few years from my simple
mention of the band in my bio and on my Anthrax page, they have retained a cult status.
I no longer have
the demo or EP that I use to own. However, I thought I would include them
on this page since so many people have asked me about them and there seems
to be no information available about them anywhere else. The photos were
taken by my wife Laurie, who was my high school girlfriend at that time.
I'm keeping my
eyes open to replace my original vinyl copy of this album. If anyone has
any information on a copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.