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On disc: While Heaven Wept

Vast Oceans Lachrymose - Lars Björn - 8 stars
Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


(Cruz del Sur - 2010)

American doomsters While Heaven Wept are highly praised by fans and media, but music is more intense live and so While Heaven Wept decided to record their set at Hammer Of Doom festival earlier this year to convince more metal fans and to reward their long-time followers. They returned to Europe for this show and the fans were happy to get the chance to see them live. Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence was recorded for a CD and DVD release, additionally there is a limited vinyl edition available. CD and DVD feature the whole set of WHW which opens with Vast Oceans Lachrymose. The DVD has a bonus track, the encore To Wander The Void, a 20-minute long interview, some live footage from the US and some backstage impressions.
After the opening track they head into The Furthest Shore (Parts 1-3) and the powerful but clean sound makes it a pleasure to listen to While Heaven Wept live. At this one you get the first impression of singer Rain Irving.

As the band had a limited stage time they shortened some of the songs to have the chance to present more tunes, but if you think this is a problem, then you are wrong! Mastermind Tom Philips did an incredible job cutting down the songs, they all sound complete and if you don't know the originals you would never guess that they have been shortened! Songs like Soulsadness show perfectly why WHW chose Rain Irving as their singer, he has a powerful, expressive voice. His majestic vocals are like the icing on a cake. The guys from The Old Dominion didn't waste time talking between the songs, they keep it short but they were obviously delighted by the warm welcome they got and were grateful that the fans appreciating their music. If you have any doubts about their performance, then listen to Thus With A Kiss I Die to get enchanted by While Heaven Wept!
Not just fans of While Heaven Wept will enjoy this album, fans of epic heavy metal will fall for it, too. But for fans of WHW and epic doom metal this is a must-buy, you just have to consider what you are going for - vinyl, CD or DVD. Make up your mind and get it now!

Track list:

Vast Oceans Lachrymose
The Furthest Shore (Parts 1-3)
The Drowning Years
Of Empires Forlorn
Thus With A Kiss I Die

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


Vast Oceans Lachrymose

Vast Oceans Lachrymose
(Cruz del Sur - 2009)

To mark their 20 year anniversary While Heaven Wept have made a CD which is so special that words could not fully describe it. The band themselves labels it 'universal metal' as a mix of classical, epic, doom and progressive metal. Still it is Tom Phillips who compose all the music, and with Vast Oceans Lachrymose they summon up some of their earlier songs, and put it all together in this new release. Even though there are only 4 songs it's of a quality not to be experienced so often. I would recommend this album, if you sit at home with earphones on and let nobody disturb you. Concentrate on the quality here, it's awesome and beautiful.
Four songs, but they are long and very different:
1 - Living Sepulchre – Vessel (11.48 mins) is super melodic especially with strong drums, it's soon getting more dark, has elements of power metal and completes with an acoustic guitar intermezzo, actually makes me think of Hammerfall.
2 - The Furthest Shore (15.43 mins) is more melodic speed-metal which has some really raw power. Not so much vocals, they concentrate on guitars and also include a beautiful symphonic guitar display.
3 - To Wander The Void (6.26 mins) is a little different here, they try more sharp and heavy guitars and also more vocals on this song.
4 - Vast Oceans Lachrymose – Epilogue (8.25 mins) is a classical song, instrumental, which plays symphonic guitar rock, violins and cello are slowly finishing the album.
As you can see this is a very mixed album, but so filled with quality that it can only be judged in the way you feel about it yourself. Buy it and get a stunning experience with Tom Phillips (guitar, keyboard), Jim Hunter (bass), Rain Irving (vocals), Trevor Schrotz (drums), Scott Loose (guitar) and Michelle Schrotz (keyboards).

8 stars

Lars Björn


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