Over the past 15 years, HEAVEN SHALL BURN have continued to evolve into a auditory monster that cannot be pigeonholed into any specific genre and where other bands show signs of easing back on their aggression, HEAVEN SHALL BURN do the exact opposite and continue to focus their attack, while remaining steadfast about bringing to light social and ecological injustices through their lyrical content. HEAVEN SHALL BURN have always strived to inspire the listener to educate themselves about injustices of the past as well as current issues while leading the charge towards a more socially und ecologically aware and positive lifestyle. They show no sign of compromise with their latest offering which is entitled “VETO”, which offers up 11 songs of unyielding heaviness, lyrical mastery and social commentary.
Guitarist Maik Weichert comments about the sonics of “VETO”: “We listened carefully to some of the feedback we received for our previous albums and worked hard on improving our sound. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean just cranking up the volume, but using more dynamics. Tue had recommended this for a long time, but we finally also listened to him and are more than happy
with the result.”
While laying down the track, “Land Of The Upright Ones,” guitarists of the German Thrash Metal band, Macbeth, shredded through a set of guest guitar solos, while Rob Franssen and Dominik Stammen of Born From Pain belted out guest vocals for “Die Stürme rufen Dich”. The cover of “Valhalla”, which pays homage to Blind Guardian, was even supported by Hansi Kürsch himself singing several lines. Maik Weichert about “Valhalla”:
“The song is heavy, yet melodic – it’s a hymn for eternity. We never had as much fun with a cover.”
The cover of “VETO” shows the John Collier painting of Lady Godiva, (c.1898). Maik Weichert comments as to why this piece of art represents the underlying concept of the album: “It works as an icon regarding the fight for social justice. The image also represents a contemporary
issue: i.e. today’s leading class being isolated from the people and the conflicts arising from that. It is also a great way to show our fans how current problems and topics can be reflected and derived from historical artworks." 2012 didn’t just see them play on numerous European high profile festivals, but also headline the highly successful "Progression Tour 2012" with Unearth, Rise to Remain and Neaera. They went to
Australia for the Soundwave Festival and played shows in Malaysia and Indonesia. The year was wrapped up by playing 3 exclusive club shows together with their friends and labelmates in Caliban that were celebrating both bands’ 15th anniversary. The limited edition of “VETO” comes with a bonus-CD entitled “500.Live” containing an additional 15 live songs that the band recorded at Klubhaus, a tiny, sweaty club in their hometown of Saalfeld during one of the three anniversary shows that celebrated both the 15 year anniversary of HEAVEN SHALL BURN as well as show #500 on December 21st, 2012.
For now, HEAVEN SHALL BURN just have a handful of exclusive festival appearances on their agenda, but you can already look forward to extensive European touring in the fall/winter of 2013.