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Heaven Shall Burn – Veto [Review]

Posted on April 11, 2013 AT 01:59pm

For a band with a lot of metalcore-ish tendencies, Heaven Shall Burn tends to play circles around a lot of bands that still do metalcore. At this day and age with all of the dapper, young, Djentlemen and Prog Nerds roaming the earth, it’s kind of surprising to hear a dedicated metalcore sound, with clear Gothenburg influence, STILL playing.  However, the German five-piece keep to a style that hasn’t quite failed them yet and blast forth with their 2013 release, Veto. Now if you aren’t much of a metalcore listener, some of this is going to feel like work to listen to. If you’re not one to favor much of anything hardcore related, your own opinion may vary. However, even with their hardcore elements, HSB knows how to present a decent argument in song form.

They jump into a really nice start with the song Godiva, giving listeners a melodic, clean intro before slamming into this driving, headbanging rhythm.  It’s definitely a song that will get crowds going during a live show. They continue with this onslaught of guitars and drums and refuse to let up with Land of The Upright Ones, their first single.   This song enters with this really attention grabbing intro and kicks it right into gear with speed and fury.   Throughout the album, this is the consistent vibe you’ll get out of Veto. A lot of hard hitting riffs, some catchy rhythms and melodic choruses and absolute ferociousness in the name of social justice. (Without any of the tumblr garbage.) There are some points where some songs feel a bit longer than they should and without realising it, they sort of miss their magic endpoints and some parts feel as if they’ve overstayed their welcome.  Particularly in songs like Fallen where I found myself just sort of looking up as if to think “This song is still going?”.  It’s not the most annoying thing in the world, but it does sort of make me feel less inclined to listen to them.  It does kind of hurt to listen to when it feels a bit less like consistency and more like a constant banging on the same ideas with slight variation.   They do sort of break out of this when they get into the song Valhalla which has an incredibly catchy chorus and all of these melodic guitars really make it a stand-out track. It could definitely work as their next single.  If anything it’s the second half of the album that shows the most variation and feels the most enjoyable through the whole album.  The album finishes off with Beyond Redemption which is a slower paced tune that showcases more melody and an emotive side of the band. It’s an alright closer to a fairly decent album.

Production wise, it’s solid, though the drums sound a bit pushed back. The guitars have that modern polish to them that a lot of bands tend to have nowadays and it serves its purpose. It’s heavy, it’s hard hitting and it doesn’t get in the way of enjoying the album as a package on it’s own. The only major issue I’d have with the album overall is it’s staying power. Outside of the two single-worthy tracks, I could barely remember the songs enough to say anything good or bad about them. For the most part it seems to balance into alright territory that won’t really strike listeners unless they’re devoted fans of the band or the style of music played.

Veto gets a decent 6 to light 7 out of 10. It’s an alright listen, but it probably won’t get heavy rotation in my playlist.

How did you all feel about it?  All in favor? All opposed?  Meh?  Tell me about it in the comments.

I am a photographer for Depth Mental Photography and a metal vocalist for Redgrave Syndicate. I'm on twitter (@ReaperX_) where I can be found hashtagging ridiculous things. For DigitalNoob, I write music columns and some things that pertain to gaming. I like rubber ducks, Heavy Metal, sriracha rooster sauce, youtube vlogs, pizza and sometimes I tumblr. How are you guys?

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