While Heaven Wept - Of Empires Forlorn

8.3 | 49 votes |
Release date: 2003
Style: Doom metal


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01. The Drowning Years
02. Of Empires Forlorn
03. Voice In The Wind [Jane cover]
04. Soulsadness
05. Epistle No. 81 [Candlemass cover]
06. Sorrow Of The Angels
07. From Empires To Oceans

Tom Phillips - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Scott Loose - guitars
Jason Gray - drums
Jim Hunter - bass

guest musicians:
Michelle Loose - additional keyboards
Jake Bodnar - additional keyboards

Additional info
- Eibon Records (Italian pressing)
- Rage of Achilles Records (UK pressing)
- Rock Machine Records (Brazilian pressing, 2005)

Recorded at Assembly Line Studios, February 2002 - June 2003.
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Kevin 131.
Co-produced by Tom Phillips and Jim Hunter.
Mastered by Bill Wolf Productions.

On both the 2003 Rage Of Achilles and 2009 Cruz Del Sur re-release track 4 is In Aeturnum and From Empires To Oceans isn't included.

Staff review by
When I receive records, I classify them, to see which one I'm going to hear/review first, when they're albums that I've been expecting, I listen to them immediately , but when they're unfamiliar bands I classify them. How classify them? Simply, the nicer cover arts go on the top, and the ugly ones goes on the bottom. When I received While Heaven Wept - Of Empires Forlorn I went straight to the top.

published 02.10.2003 | Comments (0)

Staff review by
True doom metal: people either love it or loathe it. If you belong to the second category, don't read further, because that's exactly what While Heaven Wept is doing. They are trying to ressuscitate old memories full of eerie names like Candlmass, St Vitus... And the result is simply excellent.

This band is led by the exceptional and powerful voice of Tom Phillips, who could perfectly fit in any heavy metal band, but has chosen to put his vocal abilities at the service pf genuine lamentations instead. And it's a very good idea, for the guy is able to provide us with wonderful vocal melodies, like on 'Epistle No.81'. For once I'm even glad the vocals have been mixed louder than the music. It is undoubtedly their strongest feature. Phllips can be lyrical, charming and growl sometimes... Goo job man!

published 02.02.2004 | Comments (15)

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28.10.2016 - 14:18
Rating: 8
Kinda disappointing after the debut. This is a good album, but not doom enough IMO, the debut had better atmosphere.
The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
08.11.2016 - 02:56
Disagree, I love this even more than the previous. Brilliant stuff. I might even call it a masterpiece.
I'm derp.

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