Heaven Shall Burn
Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
May 19th, 2008 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let's put it simple: this is the best Heaven Shall Burn to date. Period.

"We are the final ones. We are the final resistance!" That is Heaven Shall Burn anno 2008, and one might think, harder and more direct than ever before. The Intro 'Awoken' with it's melancholic string and piano arrangements combined with the opener 'Endzeit' is an uncompromising start into the album and give it a quite epic touch at the same time. And also a good introduction into the story spanning the whole album, as 'Iconoclast' tells the story of the Iconoclasts, a warrior caste destinied to judge and kill the murderers of god. Though the album has somewhat of a concept behind it, the individual songs can clearly be linked to current events in the world. Song titles like 'The Bombs Of My Saviours' speak quite clearly for themselves. This is Heaven Shall Burn as you know it, not afraid to make political statements and comment on social issues.

On the musical side some things have changed since 'Deaf To Our Prayers'. While the precessor was a straight development of the foundation that was built with 'Antigone', 'Iconoclast' pursues some different and new ways. But without any chance of doubt that this is 100% and unmistakingly a Heaven Shall Burn record. The songs seem overall more rythm orientated, including some suprising drum parts. 'Murderer Of All Murderers', as one example, features a real dancebeat that would fit well in electronica as well. Pretty weird in the death metal and hardcore context of the band. But as unusual as it sounds at first, it turns out to be a really interesting style piece and quite fitting aspect of the song. Overall Matthias Voigt plays very accentuated, which the more "mellow" parts of 'A Dying Ember' show. The guitars offer some new treats as well, as Maik Weichert und Alexander Dietz play some very melodic and hymn-like riffs, that have also a slight epic touch. This is a nice contrast to the hard main riffs of most songs. Sometimes, the melodies suffer from the overall mix of the album. Some details seem to drown in mix here and there, the bass playing of Eric Bischoff harder to spot than ever. This is quite sad as the general mix is fitting the songs well. Regarding the vocals some will complain that they are just as always. But to be honest, the shouts of Marcus Bischoff are as suiting as always, and complement the songs perfectly. Just what you would expect here.

No major points to criticise here. The small problems regarding the sound are forgotten quite fast, as the sound is just right and suiting for the album. The album comes in just about two minutes short of a whole hour play time, but does not get boring to the end. This is for sure: with 'Iconoclast' the boys from Saalfeld present an album others will be compared to. National and international. Regarding metalcore with Goteborg death metal touch, few can match this band. Already thirsting for more? Be happy, the subtitle "Part One: The Final Resistance" hints towards a (hopefully) soon arriving second part.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ninjuice
May 20th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I would change some of the formatting. Change the bold words to something else.

StabNTwist
July 10th 2008


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is alright. Gets really repetitive after a while.

TNY
September 26th 2008


571 Comments


If HSB would change it up and throw a solo or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 then I would really love them.

I dug Antigone tons back in the day.

myhigherpie
October 27th 2008


3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is actually very good.

endzeit kicks ass!

ninjuice
October 27th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Imo, Endzeit is the only really good song on here.

Bleak123
October 27th 2008


1902 Comments


Nah, this album is awesome.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2008


16496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Endzeit", "Black Tears", "The Bombs Of My Saviours", "Atonement", and most notably "A Dying Ember" are fantastic.

MassMetal
December 4th 2008


83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

these guys have that perfect "kicking down the door" feeling..from "endziet" back to "the weapon they fear" and "counterweight"

Bullitt
January 7th 2009


1666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Endzeit made me sweat the first time i heard it...

Commortus
January 7th 2009


237 Comments


what motivated the sputnik lords to make this silly man a staff reviewer?

TheImpervious
August 25th 2009


61 Comments


This reeks of August Burns Red and AILD. Smells like a 3 at best

BritishPastries
September 20th 2009


20 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Decent album. Endzeit, Black Tears, and The Bombs of My Saviours are my favorites. Most songs sound the same at first, but another listen shows some unique parts, and it grows on you.

BallsToTheWall
September 27th 2009


44805 Comments


Forlorn Skies pwns face.

landonius
January 3rd 2010


70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Dying Ember is probably HSB's best song to date, either that or Numbing the Pain. I really enjoyed this album, the guitar sound is just so massive.

PirateSquid
February 14th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a gorgeous album

Raz0rGrind23
March 26th 2010


426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Has anyone noticed that the riffs at :43 on 'Like a Thousand Suns' were stolen from 'This Mortal Coil' from Carcass' Heartwork.

Still a great album regardless......

bloc
March 26th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, great band.

sspedding
March 26th 2010


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this lot and Neaera rock my German influenced world.

Dehumanized1
August 9th 2010


51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to their entire discography up to this album at work the other day. Loved every minute of it (except maybe battle, I couldn't get into that one). Anyway Endzeit and Murderers of the murderers are my personal favs

FearThyEvil
September 22nd 2010


12784 Comments


The song Endzeit still gets me every time its awesome.



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