Heaven Shall Burn

Whatever It May Take (Re-master)

Whatever It May Take (Re-master)


Reviewed By Justin Donnelly
Published 21/09/2007

Revisited, revitalised and still relevant

Along with fellow German band Caliban, long running act Heaven Shall Burn are by far one of the biggest names to emerge from the country's flourishing melodic death metal/metalcore scene. Enjoying some well earned downtime following the release of their highly acclaimed fourth full-length effort Deaf To Our Prayers (Which was released in 2006 through Century Media Records), the band (Who currently comprise of vocalist Marcus Bischoff, guitarists Maik Weichert and Alexander Dietz, bassist Eric Bischoff and drummer Matthias Voigt) were approached by producer Patrick W. Engel earlier in the year about the possibility of remixing and re-mastering their breakthrough album Whatever It May Take from 2002 (And album that Engel performed bass duties on as a guest artist), and after accepting the offer, Lifeforce Records finally deliver the definite version of the Heaven Shall Burn classic.

Although recorded on a shoestring budget, utilising cheap equipment and recorded in an incredibly short time frame, Whatever It May Take held up incredibly well throughout the years, with this latest re-release only making it sound ever stronger. The actual recordings of the original track haven't been altered in any way, and that's a good thing, as tracks such as The Worlds In Me, The Martyr's Blood, It Burns Within, The Few Upright, Implore The Darken Sky, the group's cover of Point Of No Return's Casa De Caboclo and the stunning Implore the Darken Sky - Classic Version packed one hell of a punch back in the day, and only seem to do more with their cleaned up sound today.

Although the original intro (Which, incidentally enough was simply called Intro) had to be removed for copyright reasons, Engel has compensated the loss of the short piece with the discovery of an unfinished acoustic piece written by former guitarist Patrick Schleitzer, and with the addition of some piano from Engel, the album now boasts an entirely new and beautiful sounding instrumental in Io.

Wrapped in new artwork (Provided by Monument Studios, who's previous clients include Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira, Aborted), and a re-jigged track listing, Whatever It May Take still remains a classic within melodic death metal/metalcore scene, but now with a sound that finally does justice to the songs that Heaven Shall Burn wrote all those years ago.

(Lifeforce Records/Stomp Records Distribution)

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Whatever It May Take (Re-master)

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