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Release date: 14 March 2011
Style: Gothic doom metal

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01. The Arcadia Order
02. Morning Glory Clouds (In Manus Tuas Domine)
03. GoddessPresidingOverSolitude
04. Once A Burden
05. Winter Slave
06. Leonor
07. Poem For Matilde
08. Fading Sun
09. September Blood
10. Sudden Scars
11. Like Yesterday
12. Her Lament

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Staff review by
Doc Godin

Rating:
9.7
Putting "masterpiece" in the title of your album is an incredibly hefty claim, and definitely needs backing up. You better be damned sure what you've created will not only standout in your own catalogue as the proud centrepiece of your career, but also knock down any potential competition. Well, as much as I'd hate to support such self-righteous boasting, Heavenwood really hit it home with this one.

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published 04.04.2011 | Comments (28)

Staff pick by
Doc Godin

04.04.2011 Great riffs, great melodies, epic synths, and plenty of variety out the wazzoo. An incredibly deep sounding album no matter how you slice it. A must-hear for anyone who is looking for some top-notch 2011 releases.

Fun for the whole family.

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MechanisT - 25.03.2011 at 15:50  
Rating: 9 A great surprise! I was initially drawn to the cover, but didn't think that the music would be this good! Gothic metal just the way I like it.
DarkSwan - 04.04.2011 at 19:19  
Rating: 10 Great album. and tht's it!
Karwyn - 05.04.2011 at 06:33  
Rating: 10 It's just criminal how a band that should be on top of the world had to go underground due to unfortunate business decisions. Truly awesome album in every way shape and form!
MechanisT - 07.04.2011 at 14:54  
Rating: 9
Written by Karwyn on 05.04.2011 at 06:33

It's just criminal how a band that should be on top of the world had to go underground due to unfortunate business decisions. Truly awesome album in every way shape and form!


What kind of business decisions, may I ask?
Karwyn - 07.04.2011 at 23:15  
Rating: 10
Written by MechanisT on 07.04.2011 at 14:54

Written by Karwyn on 05.04.2011 at 06:33

It's just criminal how a band that should be on top of the world had to go underground due to unfortunate business decisions. Truly awesome album in every way shape and form!


What kind of business decisions, may I ask?



From what I can gather (hardly any specific info seems to be out there), they were ripped off by their old label and were pressured into churning out the same kinds of albums without musically evolving. Pretty typical stuff for musicians but it seems to have hit them harder than most. They also had some internal problems such as Ernesto just "disappearing" for two years.
FiaLotta - 09.04.2011 at 13:02  
  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Doc Godin for picking this. I would have missed this masterpiece otherwise.
<3
MechanisT - 09.04.2011 at 14:32  
Rating: 9
Written by Karwyn on 07.04.2011 at 23:15

Written by MechanisT on 07.04.2011 at 14:54

Written by Karwyn on 05.04.2011 at 06:33

It's just criminal how a band that should be on top of the world had to go underground due to unfortunate business decisions. Truly awesome album in every way shape and form!


What kind of business decisions, may I ask?



From what I can gather (hardly any specific info seems to be out there), they were ripped off by their old label and were pressured into churning out the same kinds of albums without musically evolving. Pretty typical stuff for musicians but it seems to have hit them harder than most. They also had some internal problems such as Ernesto just "disappearing" for two years.


Thanks for the insight, mate.
DevilishSong - 09.04.2011 at 19:16  
Rating: 8 I am not Gothic Metal fan firmly but i must confess that "Abyss Masterpiece" is Really a good album! ... My fav is " Poem For Matilde"
Luneth - 11.04.2011 at 15:16  
Rating: 8 Excellent album. Some really brilliant tracks.
Troy Killjoy - 26.04.2011 at 18:26  
 
Written by DevilishSong on 09.04.2011 at 19:16

I am not Gothic Metal fan firmly but i must confess that "Abyss Masterpiece" is Really a good album! ... My fav is " Poem For Matilde"

I wouldn't call it a Gothic metal album really. Overall it's aggressive and the guitars take away from the atmosphere, making it more of a melodic death doom album. Similar to Draconian (minus the chick, plus balls) and Swallow the Sun (minus the self-pity, plus anger). And it's pretty fun, but I wouldn't give it credit for anything more than that.
The Voyager - 08.05.2011 at 01:57  
Rating: 6 Masterpiece my ass.
Daydream Nation - 23.05.2011 at 22:58  
  Wow. This is a very great album-- not quite the masterpiece that people have proclaimed it to be, but worthy enough for a 9. The sheer catchiness and strong songwriting of these tunes are enough to warrant an 8-- the lyricism is lacking in parts, but the vocals are comprehensible and very well done. I haven't seen multiple vocals done this well since Noumena's Absence. I do wish there was a little more technicality to it, and perhaps a few more segments of harsher vocals, but this is quite a special accomplishment nonetheless. In fact, what propels this to a 9 for me is how these musicians have completely and utterly mastered how to convey emotion, particularly melancholy and frustration. My first experience with Heavenwood, and it certainly will not be my last.
Vonpire - 03.06.2011 at 19:32  
Rating: 10 Heavenwood did It again! They never fail \oo/
Pyramid God - 04.06.2011 at 05:27  
Rating: 10 Wow. Great album. Its really beautifully arranged. I can't get enough.
Daydream Nation - 14.06.2011 at 17:21  
  Leonor is the best track on here.
Vonpire - 17.06.2011 at 14:25  
Rating: 10 The more I listen the more I like It.
Night Sight - 11.07.2011 at 10:11  
  That was my first listen with heavenwood
and it did not impressed me
Destructo - 13.07.2011 at 07:55  
Rating: 8 It's a pretty solid album, don't get me wrong.....but it's definitely no masterpiece.
muska - 05.08.2011 at 10:38  
Rating: 10
Written by Night Sight on 11.07.2011 at 10:11

That was my first listen with heavenwood
and i did not impressed


like no one is impressed with your grammar. if you don't like the music, it's fine, but if you judge the lyrics having only basic knowledge of English then I pity you...
Night Sight - 05.08.2011 at 13:13  
 
Written by muska on 05.08.2011 at 10:38

Written by Night Sight on 11.07.2011 at 10:11

That was my first listen with heavenwood
and it did not impressed me


like no one is impressed with your grammar. if you don't like the music, it's fine, but if you judge the lyrics having only basic knowledge of English then I pity you...


wtf? we're talking about music,not lyrics or english speaking
muska - 07.08.2011 at 20:58  
Rating: 10
Written by Night Sight on 05.08.2011 at 13:13

Written by muska on 05.08.2011 at 10:38

Written by Night Sight on 11.07.2011 at 10:11

That was my first listen with heavenwood
and it did not impressed me


like no one is impressed with your grammar. if you don't like the music, it's fine, but if you judge the lyrics having only basic knowledge of English then I pity you...


wtf? we're talking about music,not lyrics or english speaking


common sense looks lost to you so i stand by my original statement
R'Vannith - 08.08.2011 at 05:19  
Rating: 9
Written by muska on 07.08.2011 at 20:58

common sense looks lost to you so i stand by my original statement


She didn't even mention lyrics and simply because her English isn't flawless that means she can't comment on the music?

Although how someone could give this a '2' is beyond me, I quite enjoyed the album.
Troy Killjoy - 08.08.2011 at 05:48  
  Ya a 2 is pretty harsh, but obviously she didn't mention the lyrics so her understanding of the English language doesn't really come into play here. It's just a matter of differing opinions.
muska - 09.08.2011 at 14:03  
Rating: 10 That was exactly my point in the original post, how can someone judge an album if they don't even understand it. I always thought that if you rate something you take into account the whole product judging a book by it's cover springs to mind
R'Vannith - 11.08.2011 at 10:54  
Rating: 9
Written by muska on 09.08.2011 at 14:03

That was exactly my point in the original post, how can someone judge an album if they don't even understand it. I always thought that if you rate something you take into account the whole product judging a book by it's cover springs to mind


Consider Falconer's latest, I can't understand a word of the lyrics, would I therefore be incapable of judging the music? Lyrics are a great part of music, sure, but not an essential element I would say.
Vonpire - 13.09.2011 at 19:54  
Rating: 10
Written by Night Sight on 11.07.2011 at 10:11

That was my first listen with heavenwood
and it did not impressed me


I don't really think lyrics or English has something to be called here.

But how someone rates this album with a "pure shit" is definitely something anyone with at least minimal metal knowledge will never understand, simply cause it's ridiculous. It's not even a matter of taste. Even anyone who don't like it, which is ok, can't rate this with a 2. It's simply nonsense.
Draugen - 18.09.2011 at 14:22  
Rating: 6 Far from a masterpiece but good nonetheless.
Night Sight - 23.09.2011 at 20:49  
 
Written by Vonpire on 13.09.2011 at 19:54

Written by Night Sight on 11.07.2011 at 10:11

That was my first listen with heavenwood
and i did not impressed


I don't really think lyrics or English has something to be called here.

But how someone rates this album with a "pure shit" is definitely something anyone with at least minimal metal knowledge will never understand, simply cause it's ridiculous. It's not even a matter of taste. Even anyone who don't like it, which is ok, can't rate this with a 2. It's simply nonsense.


i just think this is very boring album.there is no interesting moments in this album.i like the genre very much.but it is not my type of music.it is all about the taste in music and nothing more.just this
and i respect to all the people who love this album
Susan - 29.09.2011 at 16:53  
Rating: 10 I just upped my rating.

Subsequent listens have proven this to be a totally different album than I heard the first several times. Only now am I seeing how incredibly DIFFERENT each and every song is, yet how beautifully they bleed into each other. At first it was a gorgeous, well-composed album with some great melodies and moods. Now I finally see the masterpiece It's almost startling how many different styles our composer has weaved in and yet made work together. Stunning.
Vonpire - 29.09.2011 at 19:25  
Rating: 10
Written by Susan on 29.09.2011 at 16:53

I just upped my rating.

Subsequent listens have proven this to be a totally different album than I heard the first several times. Only now am I seeing how incredibly DIFFERENT each and every song is, yet how beautifully they bleed into each other. At first it was a gorgeous, well-composed album with some great melodies and moods. Now I finally see the masterpiece It's almost startling how many different styles our composer has weaved in and yet made work together. Stunning.


That's my exact thought on this album.

But hey, it's something heavenwood always did since beggining, amazing albums. I'm glad to see how they born and how they evolved.
Milena - 04.10.2011 at 00:39  
Rating: 6 I'm probably the only one not finding this really enjoyable. Gave it a seven cos I can't deny the hard work and quality, but I can't bare with it to the end no matter how many times I try.
MechanisT - 21.10.2011 at 20:28  
Rating: 9
Written by R'Vannith on 11.08.2011 at 10:54

Written by muska on 09.08.2011 at 14:03

That was exactly my point in the original post, how can someone judge an album if they don't even understand it. I always thought that if you rate something you take into account the whole product judging a book by it's cover springs to mind

Lyrics are a great part of music, sure, but not an essential element I would say.


That, sir, is agreed upon wholeheartedly by I.
R'Vannith - 22.10.2011 at 08:15  
Rating: 9
Written by MechanisT on 21.10.2011 at 20:28


That, sir, is agreed upon wholeheartedly by I.


I mean if lyrics were an essential element all the wonderful instrumental stuff out there would be pretty pointless.
ahroun - 01.12.2011 at 21:22  
Rating: 10 Masterpiece... 10 is too low. It's perfect.
Jason W. - 25.12.2011 at 08:16  
Rating: 7
Written by Milena on 04.10.2011 at 00:39

I'm probably the only one not finding this really enjoyable. Gave it a seven cos I can't deny the hard work and quality, but I can't bare with it to the end no matter how many times I try.

This is similar to how I've felt about this album all year. I've just come back to it again for a final thought before the year's end regarding 2011 releases, and with such a high quality sound, it's amazing how quickly I fall asleep and the songs just pass me by. Not a single memorable song on this album for me, and quite overhyped in this thread.
Milena - 25.12.2011 at 11:17  
Rating: 6
Written by Jason W. on 25.12.2011 at 08:16

This is similar to how I've felt about this album all year. I've just come back to it again for a final thought before the year's end regarding 2011 releases, and with such a high quality sound, it's amazing how quickly I fall asleep and the songs just pass me by. Not a single memorable song on this album for me, and quite overhyped in this thread.

I don't think it's overhyped, sure there are people who haven't heard a lot of stuff so they get hyped for everything, but I also see a lot of people who don't get impressed so easily giving it very high grades... it's just not for me. Too bad, I've hardly enjoyed any gothic releases this year.
Troy Killjoy - 25.12.2011 at 11:24  
 
Written by Milena on 25.12.2011 at 11:17
I don't think it's overhyped, sure there are people who haven't heard a lot of stuff so they get hyped for everything, but I also see a lot of people who don't get impressed so easily giving it very high grades... it's just not for me. Too bad, I've hardly enjoyed any gothic releases this year.

I personally rated this around the same as the latest Draconian, and I agree it's a tad difficult to get through from beginning to end due to it being rather samey.
Milena - 26.12.2011 at 02:45  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.12.2011 at 11:24

...and I agree it's a tad difficult to get through from beginning to end due to it being rather samey.

I could actually feel the difference between the songs, but I didn't like them much.
Dhamer - 15.01.2012 at 03:37  
Rating: 10 I cannot believe that Listenable Records did not promote this album as should have.....I barely saw any tours under this amazing album!!!! Not to mention that North America should have been on the moniker.....

Anyway....amazing album and most definitely the best album of 2011!!!!!! No questions asked number 1!!!!! A perfect 10!!!
Paradox0 - 16.02.2012 at 01:44  
Rating: 7 Seems to be either a love-or-meh release. For me its a meh listen. Don't get me wrong the opening track "The Arcadia Order" is good, really good, but the rest off the album is rather snooze inducing. The quality is present and very obvious in the song writing, but I really can't seem to empathize with their sound of gothic metal.

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