Heir Apparent was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by guitarist Terry Gorle. Fast forward to January of 1986 when Heir Apparent's first album, "Graceful Inheritance", was released by Black Dragon Records of Paris, France (for 30 years "Graceful Inheritance" has remained the highest rated album by the editorial staff of Germany's ROCK HARD magazine). The lineup at that time consisted of Gorle, Ray Schwartz (drums), Derek Peace (bass), and Paul Davidson (vocals), and the band toured Europe for 6 weeks. In 1987, Steve Benito was recruited as the new vocalist, and Mike Jackson was added on keyboards. The band signed a 7 album contract in 1988 in a joint venture with Capitol Records/Metal Blade. Heir Apparent's second album, "One Small Voice" was released in 1989......a decade of grunge passes.....In late 1999, Hellion Records-Germany, reissued "Graceful Inheritance" with bonus tracks, and the live/studio demo compilation CD "Triad".The band was inactive until 2000 when invited to perform at Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival. Following the Wacken performance, Terry Gorle led several different lineups in concerts between 2002-2004, culminating with another trip to Europe in November of 2006, headlining Germany's KEEP IT TRUE Festival, and two shows in Greece...The original rhythm section reunited again and returned to Greece and Germany in 2012. With keyboardist Op Sakiya and new vocalist Will Shaw added in 2015, HEIR APPARENT once again returned to Europe for several festival appearances in Italy, Greece, and Germany in 2015 and 2016. Heir Apparent will release it's third album, "The View from Below" in October 2018, and return to the stage for several festival performances in 2019, including two festivals in Germany at the time of this posting.