While Heaven Wept - Vast Oceans Lachrymose


8.5 | 170 votes |
Release date: 3 November 2009
Style: Doom metal

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01. The Furthest Shore
02. To Wander The Void
03. Living Sepulchre
04. Vessel
05. Vast Oceans Lachrymose
06. Epilogue

Line-up
Tom Phillips - guitars, keyboards, harmony vocals
Jim Hunter - bass
Rain Irving - lead and harmony vocals
Scott Loose - guitars
Trevor Schrotz - drums
Michelle Schrotz - keyboards and harmony vocals

Additional info
Labels:
- Cruz Del Sur Music
- Maniacal Records (LP Limited edition 180gm vinyl pressing)

Release dates:
November 3: USA
November 6: Europe

Recorded at Salamone's Recording Studio.
Produced by Tom Phillips and Chris Salamone.
Mastered by Chris Salamone.

Staff review by
Darkside Momo
Rating:
8.7
Beautiful.

That was the first thing I thought after I gave this album the first spin. As soon as it begins, you're swept in epic and moody music for a bit more than forty minutes (forty minutes? No kidding, this is indeed a short doom album).

It all starts with "The Furthest Shore", a 15 minutes epic. Fast at times, slow and tragic at others, progressive maybe, it's a really varied and intense song. While it can be reminiscent of some heavy/power metal bands on some keyboards and vocals parts, it's just the mood that puts it miles away… The ship's captain is facing, sadly but resolutely, what is the last storm he'll ever get in.

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published 21.01.2010 | Comments (45)

Guest review by
Parasomnia
Rating:
9.3
The first time I heard While Heaven Wept, one word crossed my mind: Wow. The way this band manages to write doom metal in a major key blows my mind. This band is incredibly beautiful, yet manages to retain the metal element at the same time.

That said, I'll begin my review of Vast Oceans Lachrymose.

The album starts off with a bang. "The Furthest Shore" is an incredible epic of a song. It's got everything you need for a good metal epic: time signature changes, key changes, acoustic passages, and a monumental outro. Usually it would be a logical move to put a fifteen minute song nearer to the end of the album. What this album has on most other bands is all of the material is INCREDIBLE.

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published 09.05.2011 | Comments (3)

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22.12.2009 - 18:10
Rating: 9
MeloDeathViking
I absolutely love the vocals on this album. I hope to get one of their previous albums soon if I can find one.
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"I am not superstitious, but I'm a little 'stitious." - Michael Scott
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23.12.2009 - 12:21
Rating: 8
Lucas
Mr. Noise
Written by MeloDeathViking on 22.12.2009 at 18:10

I absolutely love the vocals on this album. I hope to get one of their previous albums soon if I can find one.


You should know that had a different vocalist on the earlier albums.
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SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
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23.12.2009 - 12:47
Rating: 5
Elio
Red Nightmare
Man, I'm listening to it for the first time. Shit, the opener is epiiiiic.
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IntoPlighT said: "Slipknot is 15 years old how the fuck is that Nu metal?"

BEST. QUOTE. EVER.
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23.12.2009 - 15:29
Rating: 9
MeloDeathViking
Written by Lucas on 23.12.2009 at 12:21

Written by MeloDeathViking on 22.12.2009 at 18:10

I absolutely love the vocals on this album. I hope to get one of their previous albums soon if I can find one.


You should know that had a different vocalist on the earlier albums.


Ooo, thanks for the warning. I'll still probably check out the early stuff, I'll just temper my expectations.
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"I am not superstitious, but I'm a little 'stitious." - Michael Scott
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23.12.2009 - 15:32
Rating: 8
Lucas
Mr. Noise
Written by MeloDeathViking on 23.12.2009 at 15:29

Written by Lucas on 23.12.2009 at 12:21

Written by MeloDeathViking on 22.12.2009 at 18:10

I absolutely love the vocals on this album. I hope to get one of their previous albums soon if I can find one.


You should know that had a different vocalist on the earlier albums.


Ooo, thanks for the warning. I'll still probably check out the early stuff, I'll just temper my expectations.


Yeah, I haven't listened to this one thoroughly enough to give my opinion on it. But, although this is a pretty personal thing, I really enjoy the old vocals. They're sugary sweet and that's the hate-or-love thing, but I like 'em.
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SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
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27.05.2011 - 13:48
Rating: 9
Vikcen
Metálico
Seems that the song "Vessel" is dedicated to THE ONE, i think it is referred to Jesús of Nazaret? =) (or maybe to GOD?) and taking in account the lyrics, this also coincides with the dedication.
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28.11.2013 - 18:08
Rating: 9
qlacs
"The Quaker"
The Furthest Shore - what a song... Ever since the release I always return to it, it's a different level of epic.
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