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Throughout the history of heavy metal, there have been bands that were content to follow trends, and those who swore allegiance to a single genre, but only a select few that chose to blaze a path of their own. For the past 21 years, While Heaven Wept have committed to nothing but heart and soul, resulting in melodic, deeply emotive, intelligent metal that spans numerous subgenres, defiant of categorization. Early in their existence, the band, along with a handful of others, contributed to the very definition of `epic metal', yet WHW have long since developed a sound entirely their own. The current lineup can be considered something of a supergroup, consisting of past and present members of well-respected underground luminaries such as Twisted Tower Dire, Solstice (UK), Altura, Brave, October 31, and Revelation. With their Nuclear Blast debut, Fear of Infinity, While Heaven Wept present their most aggressive and incredibly beautiful album to date, featuring all the hallmarks of the "WHW sound" - sweeping dramatic soundscapes juxtaposed against crushing epic melodic metal, overflowing with emotion. Strangely familiar, yet like nothing else, this is the sound of heaven weeping.
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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B004Q1DFR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT "Fear Of Infinity"

The time between the ultimate "Vast Ocean Lachrymose" until the today's release of "Fear of Infinity" was for me (and I believe that for every fan of While Heaven Wept) more than anticipating. All this time, being in continuous contact with frontman and guitarist of the band Tom Phillips, the only thing that I was trying to achieve was to sneak out information about what was about to reach our ears. So, Tom said to me: "Helen, don't wait anything like V.O.L., this album will be more epic, more dark, more heavy." My anticipation and longing reached the maximum limit. "Fear of Infinity" reached my hands and the shock I was under was indeed great, as it surpassed any attempt I had made to guess its content.

It's 2011 and we have While Heaven Wept from the United States of America with a new album, already one of the best of this year, from Nuclear Blast and with an additional member, Jason Lingle (Keyboards, Vocals) added to the existing lineup, Tom Phillips (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals) Jim Hunter (Bass, Vocals) Rain Irving (Lead Vocals) Trevor Schrotz(Drums) Scott Loose (Guitar) Michelle Schrotz (Keyboards, Vocals) playing Doom / Progressive / Symphonic / Epic Metal, holding worthily the crown of the epic-doom throne! Seven great sad journeys to a music galaxy full of grief! "Fear Of Infinity" will become the passage to the final destination of the decision, the end, letting pain, grief and mourning be the cost. In this album you await for the unexpected, that which came to complete the constant search that existed in V.O.L. For me it is the sequel and the solution, the atonement that comes to redeem. The solution which you already know and await, which will guide you blindly to the fears of infinity.
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While Heaven Wept is an epic band, to the point. Starting out as a straight doom band, WHW have progressed into a more epic, traditional style with elements of doom. This album has some of their shortest tracks, but hit real hard. Last track is more classic WHW with 11 minutes that build up. Vocals soar high and are a stand out on this album. Rain Irving is just stupendous. Every instrument on here works together to create a mood that moves you. They will be playing at ProgPower this year and can't wait to see some of these songs in the live setting. Can not go wrong with this album. Definitely pick it up, and on vinyl if you can, and their other albums. Turn this one way up.
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This is a very human album, and here I mean it's personal, intimate, deeply soulful, passionate, expressing the deepest of sorrows and dramas that define the human condition. WHW have always been a real and genuine band -- real to the heart, real to experience, real to the highest ideals of music. I truly consider them a musically noble, valiant, and ultimately spiritual ensemble. The undercurrent of sorrow is just the ballast that keeps their ship upright on its sad journey through vast oceans lachrymose. There's always a deep sadness with the use of contrasts, for instance in Finality the positive ideals of acceptance and release are juxtaposed with it being acceptance of eternal loneliness and doom and release of a faded hope. There's not much music these days that pierces the soul so deeply.

Alright, let's talk about the music and production. Production wise this has an organic 80s / early 90s vibe to it, kind of a traditional underground metal sound. It works, but I must say it's "unique" in a way that's good or bad depending on your preference for more vintage vs modern sound. The bass playing is pretty prominent and impressive. Rain can really hit those high notes with power and has a beautiful voice overall. Guitar harmonies are excellent and have classical influence. Speaking of which, Tom Phillips said this album's classical influence are in the more contemporary abstract category, versus previous efforts which were more Baroque inspired. Therefore the melodies on Fear of Infinity are more "dark chocolate" than "milk chocolate."

As for the feel of this album, whereas Empires was epic in an angelic sense, Fear of Infinity is epic in the human sense.
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Four and a half, really, as the odd mix of the first track puts the vocals disturbingly well back, with other parts of the mid-range....but for that, would have been five stars.
Pity the reviewer who wanted his money back...yet gave it three stars. OMG. Must be one of those who would kick a stone, find $50 under it, and complain that there was only one !

This not at all prolific band, which seems to revolve around Tom Phillips musical muses, and solidly supported by Raine's vocals, has progressed to this pinnacle of musicality, form, granduer and meaning. WHW through their previous works struggled with form and balance, yet made some pretty decent music, but one wanted a bit of something to set it apart.

I listened to this 4 times during a drive from my home capital to the desert where I work, then on a proper sound system @ home.
I see no point in an intense bar by bar description of each track. The album thunders along without let up, and stands up as an "Hour of Power(doom)". Yet it niggles with shards of hope poking through.

As I said at the start...Masterwork.
This band deserves far greater recognition.
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