Once upon a time in Thuringia (Germany)…some young lads decided to start a band as they felt united by the same passion for metal, hardcore, and punk, and were looking for a way to voice their strong political beliefs and social criticism! The seed was thus sown, and soon the band Heaven Shall Burn grew big and strong!
Heaven Shall Burn was originally formed as Consense by Maik Weichert and Matthias Voigt in 1996. They released at least one demo under that name. They soon included Marcus Bischoff and Eric Bischoff and subsequently changed their name to Heaven Shall Burn, which they took from the Marduk album Heaven Shall Burn… When We Are Gathered. So far the band has released eight album and the ninth Of Truth And Sacrifice, which is set for a release end of March 2020. The track Protector/Weakness Leaving My Heart,
Instead of getting stuck in the ever grueling cycle of studio recordings, album releases and touring, Heaven Shall Burn allowed themselves a well-deserved break. While taking the time off, the members recharged their batteries and gathered new influences and ideas. Maik Weichert (guitars) stated, «We decided that one album wasn’t good enough, but we wanted to create a double album as a statement. Our goal was a total work of art that people could dive into, something that leaves a lot of room for surprises and experiments. It was only fair to give our fans twice as much after letting them wait for so long».
Conceptually the album is split into two halves: Of Truth and Of Sacrific. Weichert adds, «The title is exploring the idea of truth and the question what kind of sacrifices you are willing to make for it. Something reflected in the artwork: A warrior is shielding her child with her own body. While the mother is representing the willingness to sacrifice the child is standing for truth. The original artwork courtesy of Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom) is a triptych showing the mother as a child and her son as a grown up. It’s a title that refers to numerous current developments: people’s blindness in daily life and the unwillingness to make any sacrifices in order to bring about change. Still, there are many people in this world who do exactly this: teachers in Africa risking their lives in order to be able to educate children, journalists and whistleblowers who are putting their own safety at risk in order to flag things going wrong». The track Eradicate,
The new album offers roughly 100 minutes, and of course the well-known Heaven Shall Burn musical artefacts are present. As a bonus the band offers some quite new in the Heaven Shall Burn universe! Atmospheric strings that the band fleshed out with Sven Helbig and recorded with conductor Wilhelm Keitel in Minsk!