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There are myriad things to say about what a soaring achievement "Antigone" is, but I'll keep this short and concise.
To put it quite simply, Heaven Shall Burn is the At the Gates for the new millenium. They combine everything that makes the so-called "new wave of American heavy metal" so great, and fuse it with this insanely vicious metalcore sound that gives every song a thundering crunch that just cannot be denied.
"The Weapon They Fear," "Only Truth" and "Voice of the Voiceless" come to mind first as being standouts, but "To Harvest the Storm" is probably the heaviest yet most listenable song on the record. This is the heaviest metalcore album I've ever heard, and yet, somehow, also the most listenable.
"Antigone" is a disc I haven't tired of since the day it came out. And almost a year later, I can still listen to it all day without taking it out of my CD player. Buy it, and you'll see why.
So where do I get their terrifying sound? First, Mattias Voight's vocal ability is levels above most hardcore frontmen...and his voice is among the most honest. Simply put, if one could give a voice to all those that suffer and are subjugated in the world...it would be Mattias's voice. He sings with rage, pain, sadness, anger...and hope. He makes other metalcore singers look like they are posing...and don't really feel what they are singing about. The chorus on The Weapons They Fear..."Never to be silenced" exemplifies what im trying to clumsily say here.
Combine Mattias's ability with socially-aware, thoughtful lyrics about mankind's obsession with warfare, opression, etc...and that's where you get the terrifying...the terror that can be mankind. If I could sum it up...Heaven Shall Burn's music is like the witnessing the Holocaust without being able to do anything about it. Very angry, full of pain, honest, and never losing a slight glimmer of hope.
The music itself is very much like that of Killswitch Engage...albeit with a darker, more punishing sound...that always retains a sense of melody. If you like K.S.E...the actual instrumentation these guys put out is very similar and you will feel very at home.
The production is also very similar to a K.S.E. album...Read more ›
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Ok, ok...this really gets 4.5 stars. The ONLY thing I did not like was that the disc did not come in it's original case, but with that out of the way, everything else was has... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by JaS¤n ©
YOU'RE SO GAY THAT YOU WILL HATE THEM JUST CAUSE THEY SUPPORT PETA,I MEAN IF YOU SAW AN ANIMAL GET CHOPED OFF IN PERSON YOU WILL NOT EAT MEAT ANYMORE AND IF YOU DO,WELL THAT'S... Read morePublished on May 25, 2008 by Brusso Magallanes
This has to be one of my all time favorite albums!!! The music is brutal but easy to lose yourself in... especialy the intro and couple of outros. This is my favorite album by HSB. Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by B. Bombard
From a metal JUNKIE!!! This is my favorite artist and album out of the 120 gigabytes of music I live with. Read morePublished on September 19, 2007 by robert wolf
Antigone was my first Heaven Shall Burn album that I bought, and I really like it. HSB remind me alot of At The Gates, Soilwork, and In Flames all in one kick ass band. Read morePublished on May 16, 2006 by Jeremy Brackeen
The Weapon They Fear is the best metal song i have ever heard... quite simply. and almost single-handedly gets this album a five starc rating, but like most people are saying this... Read morePublished on April 18, 2006 by Aesyrbane
This cd, despite what people are saying, is good, not great. Don't get me wrong, i'm a huge fan of the band, but the cd doesn't necissarily achieve the band's full potential. Read morePublished on February 6, 2006 by AZ Vocalist
I'll make this short, because I don't want anyone to waste too much time thinking about this band. Lately, metalcore's been been taking an unfortunate rise in popularity. Read morePublished on February 5, 2006 by See about me
The name kind of set me off this band. but the music is unreal. every song is brutally heavy, but somehow melodic at the same time. Read morePublished on January 31, 2006 by lateralus