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Together with Maroon and the befriended Caliban, Heaven Shall Burn is the spearhead of the German Metalcore-scene. Hard to say who is leading in this trio because all three bands have released extremely good, new albums. Maybe, it's Heaven Shall Burn because with "Iconoclast (Part 1: The final resistance)", they prove their exceptional status for another time. Without dread to experiment (like e.g. with the two instrumentals, "Equinox" and "Atonement") and with the will to take risks, they deliver an album that can only be interpreted as the ultimate counterdraft for the typical Metalcore-album. The very strong riffing in highly rhythmical songs, like "Murderers of all murderers" and "Forlorn skies" sees Heaven Shall Burn closer to band, like Kreator, while the atmospherically tight "Black tears" (an Edge Of Sanity-cover) sounds a bit like Paradise Lost (in times of "Gothic"). The 14 songs of the almost 60-minute concept album have a lot of substance, depth and finesse and will endure every trend.