Disc I 01. Intro 02. The Omen 03. Combat 04. I Was I Am I Shall Be 05. Buried In Forgotten Grounds 06. Sevastopoll 07. The Lie You Bleed For 08. Return To Sanity 09. Against Bridge Burners 10. Of Forsaken Poets 11. Nowhere [Therapy? cover][bonus] 12. Given In Death 13. Outro
Disc II[DVD][Defending Sparta - Live In Vienna] 01. Forlorn Skies 02. Counterweight 03. Voice Of The Voiceless 04. Endzeit 05. Buried In Forgotten Grounds 06. The Disease 07. Architects Of The Apocalypse 08. The Omen 09. Unleash Enlightenment 10. Of No Avail 11. Black Tears [Edge Of Sanity cover] 12. Behind A Wall Of Silence
Ah… Metalcore. A genre we all love to bash about to show how superior we are. Or not. My dear reader, if you can just take off those glasses clouded by stereotypes for the moment.
This is death-infused metalcore we are talking about, folks! Devoid of those good cop, bad cop vocals, Heaven Shall Burn is actually more brutal than the majority of metalcore bands and modern Gothenburg acts that seems to have a loyal following. The riffs here blaze like an inferno with melody and the vocals by long time member Marcus Bischoff come across as extremely angry while Matthias Voigt attacks the drum kit relentlessly, just the way metalcore is meant to be. Breakdowns for the sake of breaking down are absent, it's straightforward face melting hammering all the way. Wait… not all the way. Invictus does know the term "slow down", such as in "Buried In Forgotten Grounds" which is a piano interlude and when the onslaught begins again it just feels that much heavier. Or take it to another level where "Combat" features some trance beats. Bet you didn't expect that, did you? As a result, each song has been given an identity of its own rather than letting all of them sound too similar. Admittedly, it's not the most successful attempt and some flow has been sacrificed at certain places but it certainly is better than a lot of others out there. Throw in guest appearances of band members from Deadlock in the last track (excluding the outro), Heaven Shall Burn actually surprised me a little.
The end product is an album with quite a considerable number of moments. Major pitfalls so often associated with this genre have been avoided, but there are still some kinks that need to be ironed out, such as the Therapy? cover which sounds extremely sugary relative to all the other tracks, and more work is needed in the song writing department to further develop each song's identity without compromising on flow and aggression. They are, however, very much in the right direction and this is still a fine piece of head banging material.
Nice review indeed. I listened to their previous album and didn't really like it. I guess I will check this out as a "what if" album.
I did not really like their previous one either apart from the first track because it was very samey. But as I said in the review, individual songs have more identity now, so you might like it more.
Yuppe gave it a spin and I have a feeling it's gonna stay in my mp3 for quite some time now.The anger displayed there is so raw it makes me want to see how they deliver that live.And finally Metalcore with song structures that actually flows well haha
Lovecraft - 11.10.2010 at 15:14
This album is very enjoyable, and this review pretty much sums up my thoughts about it. Nice review.