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Heaven Shall Burn
Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)
September 2008
Released: 2008, Century Media
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Simon Lukic

Having gained notoriety in the metalcore scene, Germany’s Heaven Shall Burn have been adding touches of death and thrash metal to their sound for a while now and this is clearly evident when listening to their fifth full length album ICONOCLAST (PART 1: THE FINAL RESISTANCE). While this is more or less becoming the norm for bands within metalcore circles, I have to say that it’s making it easier for me to enjoy these bands now.

Cuts such as ‘Murderers Of All Murderers’ and ‘Endzeit’ are brutal, yet intelligently arranged, which clearly display the talent and depth of the band. It’s one thing to be heavy and technical and it’s another thing to play with feeling and Heaven Shall Burn can do both. You can here this on the thrashier songs such as ‘A Quest For Resistance’, ‘The Bombs Of My Saviours’ and ‘Against All Lies’, with the only misstep being ‘Black Tears’ which an Edge Of Sanity cover. While it’s cool that Heaven Shall Burn acknowledged the band, the tune sounded a little out of place and should have been used been as a bonus track instead, not an album cut.

Heaven Shall Burn has been around since 1996 and while their roots lie in metalcore they have been slowly evolving into a death metal band for sometime now. Whether this will interest a Morbid Angel or Cannibal Corpse fan remains to be seen but Heaven Shall Burn will certainly appeal to those who support The Black Dahlia Murder, Job For A Cowboy et al. I mean when all is said and done, the band name is inspired by the Marduk album titled "Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered", so the Germans know where to take their cues from.
Track Listing

Awoken (Intro)
Like A Thousand Suns
Murderers Of All Murderers
Forlorn Skies
A Dying Ember
A Quest For Resistance
Black Tears (Edge Of Sanity Cover)
The Bombs Of My Saviours
Against All Lies
The Disease


Marcus Bischoff – vocals
Maik Weichert – guitar
Alexander Dietz – guitar
Eric Bischoff – bass
Matthias Voigt – drums

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