HEAVEN SHALL BURN BIOGRAPHY
Heaven Shall Burn is a metalcore band from Saalfeld, Germany, that fuse together death metal and hardcore. They combine an aggressive metal sound with lyrics that show a militant support of anti-racism and fighting social injustice. Four of the band's members are vegan. They also have some obscure ties to Lee Dorian former singer of Napalm Death and leader of Cathedral.HEAVEN SHALL BURN GENRES
Heaven Shall Burn were founded in autumn 1996 under the banner of Consense, the first demo was recorded about six months later. After some unimportant line-up changes, Erik ( Bass ) and Markus ( Vocals ) joined the band in spring '97 - the second tape was recorded little later. With a line-up finalized, the band began to play shows including some major festivals in their native Germany.
In 1998 the band released an MCD entitled "In Battle There Is No Law" followed by a split-LP with Fall of Serenity in 1999. Following these releases the band signed to Lifeforce Records for their 2000 debut album "Asunder". It was followed by a split-CD with their long-time friends Caliban in 2000 as well as 2002's album "Whatever It May Take". In 2002, "In Battle There Is No Law" was re-released through Circulation Records.
In 2004, the band released "Antigone" through Century Media Records, featuring more of a melodic edge due to more harmonies and Scandinavian style dual guitar work. The album was produced by Patrick W. Engel and engineered by Ralf Müller at Rape Of Harmony Studios, Germany, as well as mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio, Denmark. The album also features intros and outros composed and recorded by Icelandic composer Òlafur Arnalds. The initial European pressing of "Antigone" was a limited edition with special slip-case packaging and two bonus cover-tracks, namely "Dislocation" by Disembodied and "Not My God" by Hate Squad.
In December of 2005, guitarist Patrick Schleitzer left the band amicably. He was replaced by Alexander Dietz, who had already peformed guest vocals on some of the band’s prior tracks.
In 2006, the band released "Deaf To Our Prayers" through Century Media Records. It was recorded and mixed by producer Jacob Hansen (Mercenary, Raunchy) and following its release, Deaf To Our Prayers entered the official LP charts in Germany at position 65 and in Greece at position 50. The band supported the album with touring throughout Europe on the Hell on Earth Tour featuring As I Lay Dying and Evergreen Terrace. Heaven Shall Burn is set to tour with Caliban in December of 2006 and already has been confirmed for the Rock Hard Festival and Wacken Open Air Festival in 2007.
HEAVEN SHALL BURN LYRICAL THEMES
Social Issues, Anti-Fascism, Animal Rights
HEAVEN SHALL BURN ORIGIN
Germany (Saalfeld / Erfurt / Weimar), formed in 1996
HEAVEN SHALL BURN CURRENT RECORD LABEL
HEAVEN SHALL BURN STATUS
HEAVEN SHALL BURN CURRENT LINE-UP
Marcus Bischoff - vocals
Maik Weichert - guitar
Eric Bischoff - bass
Matthias Voigt - drums
Alexander Dietz - guitar (Valve)
HEAVEN SHALL BURN PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Patrick Schleitzer - guitar (Mourning Ends)
Patrick W. Engel - session bass (on "Whatever it may take") (Impending Doom (Ger), Nameless (Ger), Anael, Hatespawn, Signum Diabolis, Buried God, Charon)
Andre Moraweck - session vocals (live) (Maroon (Ger))
Christian Bass - session drums (live) (Deadsoil)