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Heaven Shall Burn

Marduk

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Album Review

Sonically, Marduk's fourth full-length album, Heaven Shall Burn...When We Are Gathered, was a step forward for the Swedish black metallers; this 1996 session boasted a cleaner, sharper production than their three previous albums. But stylistically, Marduk were still Marduk, and that meant an unwavering commitment to pummeling, skull-crushing black metal. Marduk had no interest in expanding their stylistic horizons, and they sounded like they were oblivious to the possibilities of the more nuanced and rapidly growing symphonic black metal style (black metal's equivalent of melodic death metal). Heaven Shall Burn does not run away from Marduk's limitations; in fact, it celebrates them, which is a big part of the album's charm and explains why black metal purists hold the disc in high regard. Purists, it has often been argued, are the folks who do everything they can to hold a genre or style of music back creatively, but purists — on the other hand — will respond that they are the ones who fight to keep a genre or style of music from becoming watered down. And while it is silly and small-minded for black metal purists to trash Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir for not sounding exactly like Marduk, there is no question that Heaven Shall Burn offers an exhilarating and inspired, if predictable, dose of hammer-to-the-skull bombast. When Regain Records reissued this album in 2007, several bonus tracks were added; although the credits don't mention when or where they were recorded, they are presumably demos and will interest Marduk's fans (even though they lack the stronger production of the main tracks). Better sounding and more consistent than its predecessors, 1996's Heaven Shall Burn was Marduk's best album up to that point, limitations, predictability and all.

Customer Reviews

BLACK METAL MASTERS

this is an AMAZING ablum. its dark, loud, fast and BRUTAL. although its not the best Marduk album, it still oozes with black metal madness. marduk is in a category all by themsleves in the black metal world. BUY THIS ALBUM! if you cant get the whole album get get "glorification of the black god", "dracul va domini nou in tansilvania" and "legion"

Finally!!

I cant belive itunes got this, Marduk's third release Heaven Shall Burn...When we Have Gathered. One of the greatist Black Metal releases ever. All of the tracks are good but Legion is my favorite.

One of the best!

This is what REAL black metal sounds like. Take notes.

Biography

Formed: Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An unswerving commitment to blasphemy and extremity combined with a relentless touring schedule and a steady stream of recordings has helped establish Sweden's Marduk as one of the better-known bands on the Scandinavian black metal scene. They began as more of a standard death metal band with a black metal influence, but have come to be known for their style of extreme black metal, which tends to focus on themes of warfare and anti-Christian sentiment and is characterized by relentlessly fast drumming...
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