Germany's groundbreaking death metal and hardcore fusionists HEAVEN SHALL BURN have entered the national album chart in their home country at position No. 65 with their latest effort, "Deaf to Our Prayers".
Commented duitarist Mark Weichert: "That's absolutely unbelievable seeing our CD in the chart rack of our favourite record stores. The same rack where we discovered our first metal records back in the days, like SODOM's 'Agent Orange'. It will be hard for our parents to accept the fact that we entered the charts ahead of various folk and pop music stars, but that's the way it is and it feels damn good!"
The recording of "Deaf to Our Prayers" was once again done at Rape Of Harmonies Studios in Thüringen. "Patrick W. Engel and Ralf Müller have added their share another time and we cannot picture working on an album without them," the band said.
For the first time, HEAVEN SHALL BURN used Jacob Hansen and his Hansen Studios in Denmark for the mix. "We had a great time in Ribe, the oldest city in Denmark, and worked extremely hard on getting the maximum out of the new songs. Right from the beginning of the writing process we had the vision to record a raw and direct album. I think 'Deaf to Our Prayers' is a lot more brutal than 'Antigone' while still having some mid-tempo passages. Simply 100% HSB!"
As on their previous albums, HEAVEN SHALL BURN don't just have intense music to offer, but also food for thought. "The title 'Deaf To Our Prayers' is influenced by a line from a poem by Heinrich Heine that dealt with the situation of industrial workers from Silesia in the 19th century," the band said. "Other songs like 'Of No Avail' or 'The Final March' were influenced by Gerhard Hauptmann's drama 'The Weavers'. Especially the situation of the workers in the 19th century, the so-called Industrial Revolution, shows oppressive parallels to current developments in our society that's highly affected by globalization."
However, "Deaf To Our Prayers" also deals with other historic aspects. "'Armia', for example, is about the hopeless, 64-day fight that Polish partisans fought against the occupying power in the battle of Warsaw in August 1944," the band said. "Again, we stayed away from topics such as heartache, problems with parents and 'I'll kill every single one of you.' We know that there are people out there who want to use their heads for banging AND thinking — that's what we are about."