"The Omen", a brand new track from German death metal and hardcore fusionists HEAVEN SHALL BURN, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the group's new album, "Invictus", which will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: Friday, May 21
Spain, Italy : Tuesday, May 25
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, May 26
Rest Of Europe: Monday, May 24
North America: Tuesday, June 8
The CD 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.
Commented Maik Weichert: "There is some exciting new stuff happening on 'Invictus', but to make sure that everybody understands that it is still 100% HEAVEN SHALL BURN, we picked 'The Omen' that we wanted you to check out! I am positive that we'll have a lot of fun screaming the lyrics together live!"
HEAVEN SHALL BURN has even added the intro to the album and "The Omen" in order to give the listener the full flavor of the opening track of "Invictus".
As on HEAVEN SHALL BURN's previous albums, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds was responsible for creating the aforementioned 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, will certainly come as a slight surprise.
Maik on "Given In Death": "The topic this song is about is a very sensitive one (mercy killing) and Sabine's voice just goes along so well with the feeling we tried to create for this piece. It was a pleasure working together with such a talented band as DEADLOCK."
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."
"Invictus" track listing:
02. The Omen
04. I Was I Am I Shall Be
05. Buried In Forgotten Grounds
07. The Lie You Bleed For
08. Return To Sanity
09. Against Bridge Burners
10. Of Forsaken Poets
11. Given In Death
Check out the cover artwork below.
HEAVEN SHALL BURN's first official DVD/live release, "Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)", entered the German DVD chart at No. 3 (behind IRON MAIDEN and ERIC CLAPTON) and the Austrian DVD chart at No. 9 as well as the official German album chart at No. 54.
"Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)" was released on May 25, 2009 in Europe via Century Media Records. In addition to "incredible" live material, the DVD includes a comprehensive documentary and loads of other content.