To this day, Graceful Inheritance remains the highest rated album in the history of Germany's ROCK HARD magazine, rated at 49 of 50 points by the 5-man editorial staff when released in January of 1986. In 2005, "Graceful Inheritance" was placed at #188 in ROCK HARD's "Best of Rock and Metal - Top 500 albums of all time" hardcover book which catalogs 40 years of rock and metal music history. It is worth noting that this album had never been released in the US until a 30th Anniversary limited edition vinyl was produced in January 2016 by NW Metalworx.
Steve Benito was recruited as vocalist in May 1987. Steve recorded new vocals on "Keeper of the Reign" and "We, the People" for a new demo. In January 1988, Heir Apparent recorded eleven new songs during a day of rehearsal, mixed to stereo live by Tom Hall. This live demo became an underground tape trader classic, and 12 years later this would be released on CD as Triad.
In October of 1988, Heir Apparent signed a seven album contract with Metal Blade/Capitol Records, and recording began at Triad Studios, once again with Tom Hall engineering. Heir Apparent expanded into progressive metal with the material on One Small Voice. The album was released in June of 1989.
This recording of 8 songs was made on 4-track tape in a basement rehearsal room between November of 1983 and February of 1984. This recording is being offered as an insight into a chapter of creative inspiration and exploration during the formative months of the band. Vocalist Corey Rivers had been very influential during this time, but he left the group in the spring of 1984. Paul Davidson joined the band a few months later, and Heir Apparent was born.
Recorded at Triad Studios, July 1-4, 1984. This 5-song EP was the band's first experience in a recording studio, revealing the original extended versions of several songs that would later appear on "Graceful Inheritance."
This 2016 triple-vinyl release from Floga Records includes all the material from the 1983 Nemesis demo, 1984 Inception Day demo, and the 1987/88 Triad demo. The tri-fold package includes exclusive art and complete lyrics, and is available in black or green vinyl.