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While Heaven Wept: Suspended At Aphelion

Prog-metal visionaries still awaiting their dues

Given that While Heaven Wept have existed for a quarter of a century without the respect that their music deserves, the metal world should perhaps be ashamed of itself.

If there’s an explanation… well, hailing from Dale City, Virginia doesn’t help, and neither does the cerebral nature of much of the group’s lyrical subject matter, nor the network of labels to which they’ve been signed. An evolution from doom metal to more progressive and classical sounds has muddied the waters. Embroidering 11 mini-symphonies into a single, epic, 40-minute piece, WHW’s 25th anniversary release is their second for Nuclear Blast. From the textured bombast of Icarus And I to the fragile balladry of Heartburst, it deserves to announce them, somewhat belatedly, onto the world stage.

Via Nuclear Blast

Dave Ling
Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.