You can bank on a new Heaven Shall Burn album every two years, and you can bank on it being quality material as well. The German Metalcore kings continue to impress in 2008. It is truly remarkable when you consider that this band, over the course of six full length albums (not to mention two splits with Caliban), have not changed one single fucking thing. The only progression necessary has been steadily improved production. They manage to keep things fresh somehow, and even bless us here with a perfectly executed Edge of Sanity cover (“Black Tears”). I will admit that there is an unusually high amount of filler on Iconoclast, which for them isn’t much, but the end result is an album length that is just a tad longer than it needs to be. However, few can match their melodic intensity, and they have a fiery passion about them that cannot be denied. Maybe they should simply start pumping them out every three years.
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