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Heaven Shall Burn are a German Melodic Death Metal band forming in 1996.

Originally starting under the name Consense, they changed their name in 1997, after inspiration from the Marduk album, but despite this, they do not condone anti-religion. They release their EP entitled "In Battle There Is No Law" in 1998, named after the Bolt Thrower album. In 2000, their debut was release on Lifeforce records, followed by a sopohmore effort in 2002, which also came repackaged with the EP.

For 2004, Antigone was released, and Iceland Neo-Classical composer Ólafur Arnalds provided classical music parts for some of the songs off that album. The rest of the album was also more melodic in nature. In 2005, Patrick Schleitzer had left the band, being replaced by Alexander Dietz.

They signed up onto Century Media for Deaf to Our Prayers. In February 2008, Iconoclast (Part One: The Final Resistance) was released. The album lyrically reviews subjects such as Laicism, Nietzsche's “God is dead” philosophy, heroes of the German Resistance in World War II, and their country's ongoing struggle to reconcile with its past.


In May 2009, Heaven Shall Burn released their first DVD, Bildersturm - Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance). Invictus (Iconoclast III) was released in 2010, ending the Iconoclast trilogy.

In 2013, Veto was released, finally ending their decade long streak of releasing albums bi-annually.


  • Marcus Bischoff – vocals (1996–present)
  • Maik Weichert – guitar (1996–present)
  • Alexander Dietz – guitar (2005–present)
  • Eric Bischoff – bass (1996–present)
  • Matthias Voigt – drums (1996–present)


  • In Battle There Is No Law (EP) (1998)
  • Asunder (2000)
  • Whatever It May Take (2002)
  • Antigone (2004)
  • Deaf to Our Prayers (2006)
  • Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance) (2008)
  • Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (DVD) (2009)
  • Invictus (Iconoclast III) (2010)
  • Veto (2013)
  • Wanderer (2016)
  • Of Truth and Sacrifice (2020)


This band displays the examples of the following:

  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: They're not huge fans of Marduk, but they stated that their name comes from an album of theirs, simply cause it sounded cool, but also since they feel that people are stuck in this "fake paradise"
  • All Germans Are Nazis: This concept is attacked, Iconoclast even had songs based on the German Resistance of World War II.
  • Band of Relatives: Type 1: Marcus and Eric Bischoff are cousins.
  • Careful with That Axe: Done to maximum effect in many of their notable songs, most notably in "Endzeit" and "Combat"
  • Child Soldiers: What we see in "Combat".
    • Break the Cutie: Sadly, a very real life example as the lyrics take the point of view from said children soldiers.
  • Concept Album: Started with Iconoclast, ended with Invictus
  • Cover Version:
    • "Valhalla" by Blind Guardian, "The IVth Crusade" by Bolt Thrower, "Black Tears" by Edge of Sanity, and "Whatever That Hurts" by Tiamat are just a small list.
    • The deluxe version of Veto feautres covers of "European Super State by Killing Joke and "River Runs Red" by Life Of Agony.
    • They covered Powerwolf's "Night of the Werewolves" on that band's Cover Album Communio Luporum.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to most Metalcore and Melodic Death Metal bands.
  • Epic Rocking: "Hunters Will Be Hunted", which is exactly 6 minutes long.
    • Ironically subverted with the "Battlecries" (Liar) cover. The song itself is only 3:23 minutes. with 23 minutes of silence.
  • Genre-Busting: "Echoes," "Risandi Von," and "Deyjandi Von" all have Western classical parts, brought to us by Ólafur Arnalds.
  • Green Aesop: They ARE vegans, after all.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: Patrick Schleitzer was the only member to ever leave, and be replaced.
  • Melodic Death Metal
  • Metalcore: A far heavier example than most.
  • Metal Scream: Marcus's vocals are mostly recognized by his angry, pterodactyl-like screams.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Standard 10 at the hardest, solid 9 at the softest.
  • Religion Rant Song: Considering their name, this is averted. Their lyrics are actually vegan/anti-fascist in nature.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Marcus has done clean vocals, but only once on "Implore the Darken Sky (classic version)". Most of the time, he usually does the Metal Scream with the occasional death vox.
  • Special Guest: Plenty, these are just some notable ones:
    • Sabine Weniger provided guest vocals on "Given in Death" as does Deadlock guitarist Sebastian Reichl doing a guitar solo.
    • Mille Petrozza appears on the "Auge Um Auge" cover. The song was actually done by Dritte Wahl.
    • The legendary Hansi Kürsch appears on HSB's version of "Valhalla"!
      • Marcus himself appears on Caliban's "Storm of Rage".
    • They also appear in InExtremo's Flaschenteufel
  • War Is Hell: The music video for "Combat" is just an example.

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