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While Heaven Wept - Of Empires Forlorn (9/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Eibon Records
Playing time: 42:50
Band homepage: While Heaven Wept

Tracklist:

  1. The Drowning Years
  2. Of Empires Forlorn
  3. Voice In The Wind
  4. Soulsadness
  5. Epistle 81
  6. Sorrow Of The Angels
  7. From Empires To Oceans
While Heaven Wept - Of Empires Forlorn

One of the best Epic Doom bands finally releases their new album and the waiting was definitively worthful because only a few dedicated bands managed it in such a quality and beautifulness to create mighty, emotional and griping Doom Metal. CANDLEMASS of course, maybe also SOLITUDE AETERNUS or recently the Italians of THUNDERSTORM belong to that exceptional bands and also WHILE HEAVEN WEPT belong to them.

Their music can't be matched in case of emotionality, what many will consider as "soft". They shall listen to their Happy-bands and stay out of this. Of course, we get sad, melancholic music to listen. But you don't have to be a candidate for suicide to be gripped of the emotional depth and the majestical heaviness. It's a fact, that WHILE HEAVEN WEPT are great masters in creating moods and they are compositorial artists! Whereby, there is no grunting. The clean, tenor-like lamenting vocals are first-class and deliver exactly that atmosphere, which is needed. They also don't do it without majestical keyboards, but they aren't disturbing, they accentuate this epic!

Tom Philips (plays also with the Folk Proggies BRAVE) is mastermind and bandleader and he managed it to give his compositions more dramatic as on previous releases and he also manages the feat that WHILE HEAVEN WEPT today are pretty much more accessible and catchier. By the way, the bass guitar is played by REVELATION/OCTOBER 31/TWISTED TOWER DIRE bass player Jim Hunter, a real maniac, who has a pretty good taste with choosing his bands. (Online May 16, 2003)

Ralf Henn



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