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While Heaven Wept

Formed: 1989
From: Dale City, VA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest While Heaven Wept News

Below is our complete While Heaven Wept news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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While Heaven Wept To Release Live Album

While Heaven Wept is currently working on the forthcoming release of a new live album "Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence – Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival," which is set for a November 2010 release date. "Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence" will be made available as a CD/DVD set courtesy of Cruz Del Sur Music, as well as a 2xLP set via a joint collaboration between Cruz Del Sur Music, Iron Kodex, and High Roller Records. The DVD portion will contain several bonus features that will be detailed after the band finishes the studio work on the masters.

The live album is a 24-track audio capture of While Heaven Wept's performance at the Posthalle in Würzburg, Germany on February 6th, 2010. The final master will be later synchronized to the multi-camera pro-shot footage, resulting in the band's very first DVD.

While Heaven Wept's Tom Phillips stated, "The audio quality of this release is incredible – perhaps in some ways better than even Vast Oceans Lachrymose - along with the excellent energy of the performances and the excitement of the improvisations. The video is even more amazing, so expertly filmed and edited by our friends at Streetclip TV in Germany."

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While Heaven Wept Cancels Upcoming Shows

While Heaven Wept has issued the following update:

"It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of our appearances at Metalcamp 2010 as well as the Born To Be Doomed festival in Baltimore this year. Cancelling any show is very difficult for us emotionally and spiritually...those of you who have been with us for a while know that we've even brought in stand-in musicians to make things happen in the past, but unfortunately, sometimes things simply don't work out no matter what we do."

"Regarding Metalcamp, extenuating circumstances that neither the Metalcamp organization nor WHW ourselves could resolve...despite exhausting every last possibility...have resulted in WHW being cancelled from the billing for this year. Part of this can be attributed to conflicting schedules, along with truly outrageous expenses, and a few other personal matters that we'll make public when appropriate (don't worry, they're not malign). The bottom line is we hope that we'll be able to reschedule for Metalcamp 2011 (or after), and will let you know if and when this is sorted out." More...

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While Heaven Wept Announces New Shows

While Heaven Wept's Tom Phillips recently issued a statement on upcoming shows and planned releases:

"There has been an incredible amount of activity going on 'behind-the-scenes' since the amazing experience that was Hammer Of Doom 3, and while I'm not at liberty to discuss everything just yet, I wanted to let everyone know about a handful of gigs that we've recently confirmed our participation in:

July 2nd/3rd, 2010: Born To Be Doomed Festival, The Sidebar Tavern, Baltimore, Maryland, USA with Blood Farmers, Orodruin, Revelation, Iron Man, Cyrus, Blizaro, Age Of Taurus, Sanctus Bellum, Black Cowgirl, and Yet So Far (aka the "Yet So Far" and "Frozen Masque" line-up of Revelation, including our own Jim Hunter) plus 3 more bands TBA

July 6th-10th, 2010: Metalcamp, Metal Camp Festival Area, Tolmin, Slovenia with Immortal, Behemoth, Hammerfall, Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under, Nevermore, Sonata Arctica, Paradise Lost, Obituary, Exodus, Sabaton, Overkill, Korpiklaani, Leave's Eyes, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, The Exploited, Decapitated, Epica, Insomnium, Kalmah, The Devil's Blood, Crowbar, Ex Deo, Rotting Christ, Trail Of Tears, Suicidal Angels, Demonical, and MANY more!

March 11th/12th, 2011: Up The Hammers VI, An Club, Athens, Greece with Ruthless (US), Jaguar (UK), Martyr (NL), Emerald (CH), Wishdoom (GR) and many more TBA

"As we get closer to these events, we'll post specific information regarding the dates and times that we are scheduled to perform. We are also in the process of planning additional US and EU dates right now, so keep your ears and eyes open for quite a few more gigs TBA.

"On the release front, we are very pleased to announce a new 7" single for 'Vessel' will be released via a joint cooperation between Maniacal Records and High Roller Records in the next 8 weeks or so. The A side will feature the 'Single Edit Version' previously only available on the download-only 'Vast Oceans Lachrymose Singles EP' (and streaming here on MySpace), while the B side will feature the previously unreleased alternate mix/master taken from the EU media promo - never made available to the general public.

"Over the summer, we'll continue our commemoration of our 20th Anniversary with the release of the long out-of-print 'Lovesongs Of The Forsaken' EP on 180g vinyl - and depending upon what sources I'm able to locate in the WHW archives, this may in fact be expanded with related material. Either way, this will once again be housed in a heavy sleeve and retain a similar layout to the other vinyl released earlier this year (which have been sold out since the pre-order phase). This will once again be a limited edition, and at this time, there are no plans for a CD pressing.

"We are aware of the ongoing demand for our past releases and the outrageous prices the limited editions are already commanding on eBay - please be patient with us while we discuss various options and possibilities. I assure you, at some point we will re-release both 'Sorrow Of The Angels' and 'Of Empires Forlorn' in an unlimited capacity; big plans exist for these, however our focus right now is upon the ongoing live shows in support of "Vast Oceans Lachrymose" and rehearsing the material for 'Fear Of Infinity' - which we hope to begin recording as soon as humanly possible.

"We're very much looking forward to seeing everyone out on the road, and extend our deep thanks to everyone who has already come out to one of our shows this year. Thanks also to everyone who voted for WHW in the various 2009 year-end polls!"

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Wishdoom Confirmed for Up The Hammers VI

WISHDOOM has been confirmed for the UP THE HAMMERS VI FESTIVAL, along with RUTHLESS (USA), WHILE HEAVEN WEPT (USA), JAGUAR (UK), MARTYR (NL) and EMERALD (CH). The festival takes place March 11-12 in 2011. More...

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Cruz Del Sur To Reissue While Heaven Wept Albums

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC has announced plans to re-issue the first two albums from WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, following the success and acclaim of the band's latest album, "Vast Oceans Lachrymose." The long out-of-print epic doom metal albums "Sorrow Of The Angels" and "Of Empires Forlorn" will be re-issued in limited-editions of 1000 hand-numbered CD's each.

Both albums feature updated cover art, new pictures, and new liner notes from mainman Tom Phillips. The audio content is identical to the original Eibon Records ("Sorrow Of The Angels") and Rage Of Achilles Records ("Of Empires Forlorn") releases so as to preserve the integrity of the original albums. Both albums will be released simultaneously on January 29, 2010, just in time for the band's appearance at Hammer Of Doom III in Wurzburg, Germany on February 6th.

Here's the "Sorrow Of The Angels" tracklisting:

1. Thus With A Kiss I Die (16:58)
2. Into The Wells Of Sorrow (9:43)
3. The Death Of Love (9:56)
4. September (2:21)

And the "Of Empires Forlorn" tracklisting is as follows:

1. The Drowning Years (5:41)
2. Of Empires Forlorn (7:49)
3. Voice in the Wind (6:25)
4. In Aeturnum (7:30)
5. Soulsadness (7:24)
6. Epistle No. 81 (3:24)
7. Sorrow of the Angels (4:47)

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While Heaven Wept Sign With Cruz Del Sur

Epic doom legends While Heaven Wept has teamed up with Cruz Del Sur Music for the release of their new album 'Vast Oceans Lachrymose' due out in late 2007.

The band writes on its website:

"Although there were many fair and generous offers from various entities after the untimely closure of Black Lotus Records, we felt that working with Cruz Del Sur Music would be the best option for us at this time, and that aside, several members of our extended musical family, including Slough Feg and Widow are part of the ever-growing (and strengthening) roster."

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While Heaven Wept News

Virginia- based doomsters While Heaven Wept have posted the following update:

"The album is nearing completion.....we'll be resuming the sessions in May, and won't stop until the album is completed! The release date is uncertain, as it's primarily up to Black Lotus, but I imagine it will either be the last major release for them of this year or the first one of 2007. Believe me, once it's out, you won't miss it (massive promo campaigns are lined up everywhere).

Meanwhile, there's been a demo of the title track on the Myspace page for months now, and I'll be creating an "album overview" mp3 after the next sessions, with brief clips from every song.Our official website has been completely redesigned and will relaunch within 2 weeks for sure. Lots of new stuff on there.

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While Heaven Wept On New Label

While Heaven Wept join forces with Black Lotus Records. A statement from the band follows...

"We are pleased to announce after months of deliberation and the entertainment of various offers following the demise of our previous label that we have reached an agreement for a long-term collaboration with Black Lotus Records of Greece!!!

We've already begun recording the new album, Vast Oceans Lachrymose, and are planning for a Spring 2006 release!

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While Heaven Wept Update

Long- time running epic doom masters While Heaven Wept are currently rehearsing material for their much aniticipated full-length album Vast Oceans Lachrymose.

Tom Phillips has posted detailed news and up-date on the up-coming album. Here's what he says:

"Currently we're rehearsing the material for the forthcoming Vast Oceans Lachrymose album, and are slated to begin recording in April, with a release date of late September/early October. Although we haven't finalized the tracklist for the album, these are some of the songs that may make the final cut:


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Mourning Beloveth Begin Work On Third Album

The Irish Doom/Death act MOURNING BELOVETH are working on new material for their third album, to be recorded at some point this year. The album will feature a 17 minute epic track.

The band will also do a tour in April with WHILE HEAVEN WEPT and PANTHEIST. Appearances include the Doom Shall Rise Festival (Germany) and the Belgian Doom Night Festival. Upcoming live dates include: More...

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