Antigone (album)

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Antigone
Studio album by Heaven Shall Burn
Released April 26, 2004 (2004-04-26)
Studio Rape of Harmonies Studios, Germany
Genre Melodic death metal, metalcore
Length 48:43
Label Century Media
Producer Patrick W. Engel
Heaven Shall Burn chronology
Whatever It May Take
(2002)
Antigone
(2004)
Deaf to Our Prayers
(2006)

Antigone is the third full-length album of the German metal band Heaven Shall Burn. It was released on April 26, 2004 through Century Media Records.

Background[edit]

The title was inspired by the female character of the play Antigone by Sophocles. The play is about a passionate young woman, that does what she knows is right, even though it is against the law. She makes sure that all of the town's people know what she did and she is punished by the king.

The intro and the two outros were composed and recorded by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. A video was made for "The Weapon They Fear", a song that commemorates Víctor Jara. "Tree of Freedom" deals with the life of Nelson Mandela. "Voice of the Voiceless" refers to the band's strong pro-vegan stance. "Bleeding to Death" deals with the economic and social problems in the former East Germany, from where the band originates.

The song "The Dream is Dead" was featured in an episode of Viva la Bam, entitled "Viva La Europe Pt. 2".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Exclaim! Not favorable[2]
Rock Hard 9.0/10[3]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5[4]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[5]

In 2005, Antigone was ranked number 474 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Maik Weichert. 

No. Title Music Length
1. "Echoes" (Intro) Arnalds 1:29
2. "The Weapon They Fear"     4:38
3. "The Only Truth"     4:30
4. "Architects of the Apocalypse"     4:01
5. "Voice of the Voiceless"     4:53
6. "Numbing the Pain"     5:36
7. "To Harvest the Storm"     4:45
8. "Rísandi Von" (Outro) Arnalds 1:32
9. "Bleeding to Death"     4:15
10. "Tree of Freedom"     4:50
11. "The Dream Is Dead"     4:41
12. "Deyjandi Von" (Outro) Arnalds 3:38
Total length:
48:43

Credits[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.

Heaven Shall Burn
  • Marcus Bischoff – vocals
  • Patrick Schleitzer – guitar
  • Maik Weichert – guitar
  • Eric Bischoff – bass
  • Matthias Voigt – drums
Additional musicians
  • Alexander Dietz – clean vocals on "To Harvest the Storm", "The Dream Is Dead"
  • Ólafur Arnalds – piano, samples, keyboard on "Echoes", "Rísandi Von", "Deyjandi Von"
  • Greta Salome Stefansdottir – violin on "Echoes", "Rísandi Von", "Deyjandi Von"
  • Thordur Gudmundur Herrmannson – cello on "Echoes", "Rísandi Von", "Deyjandi Von"
Production
Artwork and design

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
Europe[7] April 26, 2004 (2004-04-26) Century Media Records Compact Disc N/A
USA[8] June 15, 2004 (2004-06-15) CD, digital download N/A
N/A 2004 (2004)[9] Lifeforce Records Vinyl[10] N/A
Japan[11] April 20, 2005 (2005-04-20) Howling Bull CD HWCY-1189
Russia[12] December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18) Mazzar Records CD MYST CD 264
South Korea[13] N/A Dope Entertainment CD N/A
South America[10] N/A Liberation Records CD N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heaven Shall Burn - Antigone at AllMusic. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Pratt, Greg. "Heaven Shall Burn Antigone". exclaim.ca. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Himmelstein, Andreas. "Rock Hard - Antigone review". www.rockhard.de (in German). Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Heaven Shall Burn Antigone". www.sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ Damrod (January 16, 2005). "Heaven Shall Burn - Antigone (album review 2)". www.sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 17. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  7. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "Heaven Shall Burn - Antigone". centurymedia.com. Century Media Records. Select the EU flag icon at the top of the page. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "Heaven Shall Burn - Antigone". centurymedia.com. Century Media Records. Select the USA flag icon at the top of the page. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "2004". www.lifeforcerecords.com. Lifeforce Records. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Staff writer(s); no by-line. (January 23, 2004). "Heaven Shall Burn: New Signing". centurymedia.com. Century Media Records. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "ANTIGONE". www.howling-bull.co.jp (in Japanese). Howling bull. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "Релиз HEAVEN SHALL BURN ANTIGONE - 2007". www.mazzar.ru (in Russian). Mazzar Records. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "dopemusic.co.kr/zboard/zboard.php". dopemusic.co.kr (in Korean). Dope Entertainment Music Group. Go to the bottom of the page and enter "Heaven Shall Burn" in the search bar. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Antigone at AllMusic