Drummer Matthias Voigt of German death metal and hardcore fusionists HEAVEN SHALL BURN has been forced to sit out the band's European tour with AS I LAY DYING, SUICIDE SILENCE and DEW-SCENTED due to a "back injury."He says in a statement, "I'm feeling well at the very moment, but there is too much responsibility towards my own health, my bandmates and, of course, also towards [the fans] who pay to see a good show. I guess everyone understands I'm disappointed, but at the same time I'm glad and thankful that, once again, our friend Christian Bass [DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT, WHITE EYES] will step in. It won't be his first time with HEAVEN SHALL BURN and he really knows how to do it. I will be back as soon as possible." "Combat", the new video from HEAVEN SHALL BURN, can be viewed below. The fully animated clip was created by Animaatiokopla from Finland and was premiered by Amnesty International Germany. "Combat" comes off HEAVEN SHALL BURN's new album, "Invictus", which landed on the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 9. This marked HEAVEN SHALL BURN's and Century Media Records' first-ever Top 10 release in Germany. The CD also charted in Austria (#15), Switzerland (#38) and Greece (#14). "Invictus" was recorded at Tue Madsen's Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with the band's the two guitarists, Maik Weichert and Alexander Dietz, handling production duties. As on HEAVEN SHALL BURN's previous albums, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds was responsible for creating the atmospheric intro as well as the album's outro. However, the highly emotional duet "Given In Death", which features guest appearances by Sabine Weniger from DEADLOCK on vocals and Sebastian Reichl on guitar, certainly comes as a slight surprise.
According to a press release, "Invictus" "is the third part of the 'Iconoclast' story after 'Iconoclast' and [HEAVEN SHALL BURN's] DVD 'Bildersturm'. Again stories about unconventional heroes are being told, a different light is cast upon well known idols and legends."