Heaven Shall Burn
Whatever It May Take


3.5
great

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
April 16th, 2005 | 10 replies | 9,542 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Some general impressions:
This is the second full lenght album by Heaven Shall Burn, after their debut 'Asunder' and before their most recent CD 'Antigone' As the latter was the first album I noticed by HSB, I'm working myself back on the albums. But enough of the chit chat, down to business.

The first thing I noticed, was the different production quality, and the slight different style. Where melodic parts and elemtents were used on many songs on 'Antigone', you'll hear less of that here. It's still there, on songs like 'Implore the Darken Sky', but as I said, I have the feeling not as much as on 'Antigone'. So it has somehow a more rough Hardcore-ish appeal. Regarding the instruments, the work is somehow similar. Still, the bass is almost not noticable, on this record it is even worse compared to newer work. The bass drum sometimes sounds a bit 'hollow', and laks a bit power. Which is kinda sad. Vocals are on the same level, a lot of screaming and shouting, almost no 'singing'. Here and there some spoken words. But that's about it. Anyways, it fits perfect, so there's no minus there. Guitars sound good. But could better.

The lyrics are, from all I can understand and from what I could gather on the net, about injustice, false reign, etc. Critic regarding politics, and the society. From all that I understand, that is. But as 'Antigone' deals with similar topics, I guess I'm right on that one. :)

What I really like about the album:
This is a pure asskicker, I don't know how to describe it in other words. The songs deliver a huge energy. You have a bad day? Pissed with anything? Look no further, you've found music to deal with it. Still, a little melody here and there. Sweet. On some spots even strings, sound samples etc are used to accent a song. 'The Few Upright' is a great example. With the synthie elements, it get's an epic touch. Good work.

What is real nice, is an alternative version of "Implore the dark skies". A lot of melodic vocals as a bonus. Liked it. :)

What was not so good:
Well, like I already mentioned, the production could be better. The bass is barely noticable, and the drums sometimes do not sound the best either. Which is sad, as it is overall a great album. The guitars and vocals are good quality, I wonder why that could not be with bass and drums as well. Clearly for me, some song quality is been 'wasted' here. But I have a sensitive ear when it comes to sound/production quality, maybe I value that a bit higher than others.

Summary:
This is an excellent record, but with the flaws in terms of production, it loses a bit sympathy from me. If it had a similar production quality like 'Antigone', I would clearly value those two albums equal. Great energy in all songs,great breakdowns, a bit melody here and there. But the bad quality of the drums and bass kinda ruin it for me. That could have clearly been better IMO.

Basically, the pure explosive energy of the music speaks for itself. If you're into stuff like Unearth, Caliban or similar, you'll probably enjoy this stuff too. If you can see beyond the flaws, you have an excellent album on your hands. Still, because of the production, from me:

Rating: 3.5/5



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BuddyBigsby
April 16th 2005



531 Comments


Caliban > HSB

YEAH I SAID IT

Damrod
Moderator
April 16th 2005



1093 Comments


In the End all down to personal preference.

I like em both, real great bands! :thumb:

Arrakakaka
May 30th 2005



685 Comments


I so want to pick this up. Good review Damrod :thumb:

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2007



16318 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There is going to be a re-release of this album with cleaner production. I can't wait to pick it up. HSB is one of the bands which got me into metal. Brutal shit, love to listen to it when im mad.

Onelastime
August 23rd 2007



36 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Im in to this type of music, but these guys just seem to bore me. The drumming is extremely repetitive. However, that is my first impression and I will still give it a chance as well as a few more listens.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2007



16318 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^

Judging from the bands you rated in your profile, you're not into this type of music. This isn't anything like the stuff you rated.

Onelastime
August 23rd 2007



36 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i didnt rate everything i like...i havent really found reviews on here about this brand of music


bloc
November 29th 2009



34790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

regardless of what the lyrics are, The Martyr's Blood is just so uplifting.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

bloc
February 22nd 2010



34790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

NO LIGHT

NO WIND

NO CALM

FenixZero
October 22nd 2010



382 Comments


Amen to that crysis



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