Heaven Shall Burn - Iconoclast (Part1: The Final Resistance)
The creative rush of Heaven Shall Burn resulted in a concept album with a story about warriors, but not just about ordinary warriors. This album is about the Iconoclasts. The Iconoclasts are warriors who are sent to judge and destroy the murderers of god. God is dead and the only thing thatâs left is to take revenge for his murder. âEach song tells a story that is rooted in reality. However, all songs are linked with an overall story about a cast of warriors called âIconoclastsâ,â states guitarist Maik Weichert. The âIconoclast Synopsisâ tells the whole story and can be read by checking out the CD enhancement.
After reading all the information about this CD it was time to listen to the music itself. This record kicks off with a beautiful piano and strings intro, which reminds me a bit of the opener of the Antigone album. After âAwokenâ the band destroys everything with the crushing âEndzeitâ. This song represents the whole album quite well. This song is fast, aggressive and typical Heaven Shall Burn. With the melodic guitar riffs and brutal voice of Marcus Bischoff Iconoclast is the logical sequel to Deaf To Our Prayers. Some fans might be disappointed that they havenât actually done something new, but Iâm not one of them.
Besides the whole concept there are two songs on this album which arenât part of it, namely the Edge Of Sanity cover âBlack Tearsâ and the track âAtonementâ. âBlack Tearsâ is a good and heavy cover, but unfortunately they left the solo out. âAtonementâ is the closing track of the album and thatâs a bit strange, because this instrumental track is after the outro and it just doesnât add something. Donât get me wrong: itâs a great song, but it shouldnât have been there.
It is too bad that we at Metalrage only received a promo version of this album, so I had to buy this record to see the bonus DVD and the booklet. Luckily enough it wasnât wasted money, because the DVD is a nice bonus. The DVD consists of their whole Wacken Open Air 2007 performance, the âCounterweightâ video clip and a photo gallery. Furthermore it is possible that you donât like the metalcore Heaven Shall Burn plays, but even then you should buy this album anyway. The reason why is the artwork; Bastian Sobtzickâs drawings are amazing! It still is a matter of taste, but I recommend this piece of art to everybody. This is truly worth your money.