WHILE HEAVEN WEPT

Doom Metal / Progressive Metal / Heavy Metal • United States
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In late November 1989, guitarist Chris Galvan and I decided to start a new project of heavy, progressive, all-original metal. We’d both spent a portion of the previous year in a power metal band called Polaris (do keep in mind, that at this time “power metal” referred to bands like Metal Church, or the sound of the first Anthrax and Overkill albums, NOT the happy Euro metal of today), that fell apart one member at a time after a single low-budget demo.

We wanted to pursue a heavier and more diverse direction than Polaris, having been strongly influenced by the thrash movement, early death metal, doom, and progressive metal (Polaris essentially sounded like Maiden/Priest on steroids; fairly straight ahead NWOBHM influenced metal), and right away we started on our first song called “The Mourning”.

We thought it was pretty clever to start off by giving everyone the impression it was
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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Sorrow of the Angels album cover 3.93 | 7 ratings
Sorrow of the Angels
Doom Metal 1998
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Of Empires Forlorn album cover 3.56 | 9 ratings
Of Empires Forlorn
Doom Metal 2003
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Vast Oceans Lachrymose album cover 4.47 | 11 ratings
Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Heavy Metal 2009
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Fear of Infinity album cover 3.81 | 9 ratings
Fear of Infinity
Doom Metal 2011
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Suspended at Aphelion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suspended at Aphelion
Progressive Metal 2014

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT EPs & splits

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Lovesongs of the Forsaken album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lovesongs of the Forsaken
Doom Metal 1995
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT While Heaven Wept / Cold Mourning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
While Heaven Wept / Cold Mourning
Doom Metal 1996

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT live albums

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Triumph: Tragedy: Transcendence - Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Triumph: Tragedy: Transcendence - Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival
Doom Metal 2010

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Lovesongs of the Forsaken album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lovesongs of the Forsaken
Doom Metal 1994

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT re-issues & compilations

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Chapter One: 1989-1999 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chapter One: 1989-1999
Doom Metal 2002
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Lovesongs of the Forsaken album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lovesongs of the Forsaken
Doom Metal 2010
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT The Arcane Unearthed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Arcane Unearthed
Doom Metal 2011

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT singles (3)

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Into the Wells of Sorrow
Doom Metal 1994
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The Drowning Years
Doom Metal 2002
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Vessel
Doom Metal 2010

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Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence (Live at The Hammer of Doom Festival)
Doom Metal 2010

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Reviews

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Fear of Infinity

Album · 2011 · Doom Metal
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Genre: power metal / epic doom metal

While Heaven Wept can be hard to categorize genre-wise. On this album, they draw on power metal and epic doom metal, sprinkling the outcome with progressive elements. The songs ar epic and grandiose, but epic doom metal is not exactly a new thing; I mean, Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus have been doing it for years. But while the two giants are on the doomier end of the scale, While Heaven Wept are more solidly placed at the power metal end.

The first couple of tracks are uptempo power metal tracks, and it's only in the third track "Obsessions Now Effigies" that some proper doom metal kicks in before that song takes on a higher tempo, too. Interestingly, the opening track sounds like a blend of epic power metal and symphonic melodic black metal - it's pretty good though. The first proper doom metal song is the penultimate track "Saturn and Sacrifice", and that track is very good - a prime example of epic doom metal, as is the 11+ minutes closer "Finality".

Although I think that this album is more in the power metal department, it does capture the melancholy and oppressive atmosphere of doom metal all the way through, and my only point of criticism is that the album could be more balanced by having the tracks more shuffled rather than having all the uptempo tracks in the first half and all the doomy tracks in the second half.

All in all, this is an excellent piece of melancholic and epic metal which takes the best from power metal and epic doom metal.

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Triumph: Tragedy: Transcendence - Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival

Live album · 2010 · Doom Metal
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While Heaven Wept are a metal band from the USA whose music combines Doom, Progressive and Power Metal influences. Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence - Live at The Hammer of Doom Festival – is their first live outing following on from the studio albums, Sorrow of the Angels (1998), Of Empires Forlorn (2003) and Vast Oceans Lachrymose (2009). This live album includes material from all their studio releases and has also been released on DVD (the following review is for the CD version).

Since I don’t know this band very well, I don’t have much to compare these live versions with, but what I’m hearing here has a great sound quality in the live environment, and I thoroughly expect this release to please fans of the band. Having looked through which songs get played the most on Last.fm and finding all the tracks that are on this released in the most played list, I expect the set list will also please the fans, especially those who have not yet had the chance to see them live.

I’m not much of a one for live albums, but this is quite the exceptional release from a very interesting band. The only quibble I think that can really be found with it is that they don’t play the song The Furthest Shore in its entirety, cutting the second half of the song out completely. But overall this sounds really great, and fans also get the chance with this album to hear some of the group’s older material with vocals from Rain Irving. I imagine that any fan of this band will be able to find a home for this in their collection, especially for the DVD version. The songs are great, the performance is tight, and the live recording has come out well. Not much more can be asked for out of a live release though perhaps next time fans would appreciate a much larger package than this festival appearance.

(Review originally written for Heavy Metal Haven)

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