Writing a follow up album can often take a bit of time (ask Tool). Paradox have taken the term interim period to a whole new level though with Heresy II being released a full 31 (yes, thirty one) years after the original Heresy album hit the shelves. The progressive thrashers may not be prolific but this new offering is well worth a listen. Obviously things have moved on a little since 1990 and this record doesn’t dwell in the past at all. It’s a refreshing blast of where thrash could have gone and a nudge in terms of where its course may yet lie. Lyrically and theme wise this is a straight sequel, production and musicianship wise Paradox show they’re still ahead of the game. It’s an interesting combination that works thanks to some forward thinking writing. So was Heresy II worth the wait? Of course it was.