March 25th, 2011

“Destroyer Of Solace,“ a track off the new album by emotive, epic metal band WHILE HEAVEN WEPT can be streamed here.

Guitarist, song writer and founding member Tom Phillips gives a little insight on the song:

“Jim [Hunter] totally nailed the sick bass run in one take.  Clearly, this is Bathory and Immortal inspired yet totally WHW nonetheless. And of course, as with all WHW material, it is rooted in real life events and relationships.  Or, rather specifically, one.  The bottom line is the is album comes from the deepest wells of my heart, and it really requires several listens to understand… even for me.  Anyway, it is the beginning of the end of a process of bereavement that began with the VOL album.”

Fear Of Infinity, the Virginia band’s Nuclear Blast debut, will be released in North America on May 3rd and is the follow-up studio album to 2009’s Vast Oceans Lachrymose.

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT are confirmed to perform on the center stage at the ProgPowerUSA XII festival on Saturday, September 17th in Atlanta, Georgia.  View the festival line-up here.  Tickets are available via TicketMaster.

On Saturday, March 26th, the band will be headlining a benefit concert at Volume 11 Tavern in Raleigh, North Carolina for Tony “Dio” Leonardo, a local metal promoter who recently underwent a nephrectomy.

Visit WHILE HEAVEN WEPT online at, on Facebook, and at


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February 18th, 2011

So metal heads, what’s YOUR prescription for music to thrive by?

The latest “Expand Your Playlist” radio ad for Kaiser Permanente Hospitals begins like this: “There’s a reason why you see so many people walking around with earphones.  We love listening to music…” And then, out of nowhere and like the sound of a needle scratching a record, the soothing female voice bashes gothic doom metal.  Listen to Kaiser Permanente’s latest radio commercial here (especially at the 0:08 mark).

“Listen to music daily.  Twice daily.  Three times daily or just as needed,” the commercial continues.  “Explore new music.  Expand your play list… because not only can music rock your world, it can make you happier and healthier.”

Taking a small break from the 32-hour, in-studio marathon of placing the finishing touches on the new WHILE HEAVEN WEPT album, guitarist & songwriter Tom Phillips took some time to ponder the commercial’s message and offers his take on the grossly misunderstood genre of gothic doom metal.  His response:

“First and foremost, I truly think it is a shame that ANY form of music is ever branded with a negative connotation; it wasn’t lost on me that this was a misguided attempt at humor on the part of Kaiser Permanente, but the reality is this is the kind of mentality that results in music ultimately being blamed for violence and tragedy.

“Further, a healthcare organization should recognize the value of music as a constructive outlet in dealing with tribulations and negativity.  Despite the fact that WHILE HEAVEN WEPT has little to do with anything ‘gothic,’ most of the Doom Metal musicians I know are able to lead happier, healthier lives due to the cathartic aspects of this music.

“One of the greatest things about music is the fact that it is open to the interpretation of the individual (i.e. what is ‘dark’ to one person is ‘beautiful’ to another, etc.).  Over the years we’ve corresponded with so many people all over the world who took the time to share their most intimate stories of loss and strife and went on to explain how our music (and the music of our colleagues) made a genuine difference in their lives, how they felt understood or simply that they weren’t alone in this world.  If that doesn’t make you feel good, I don’t know what would!

“The bottom line is any form of music can be helpful, healing, and inspiring perhaps even more so than the most advanced medicine in many cases.  I personally would not be here today if it weren’t for Doom Metal, so I hope that Kaiser Permanente and corporations in general will rethink their marketing strategies in the future so as to avoid implications that ring of ignorance.”

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT’s Nuclear Blast debut, Fear Of Infinity, is the follow-up studio album to 2009’s Vast Oceans Lachrymose.  A late Spring release is expected.

On Saturday, March 26th, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT will be headlining a benefit concert at Volume 11 Tavern in Raleigh, North Carolina for Tony “Dio” Leonardo, a local metal promoter who recently underwent a nephrectomy.  They are also confirmed to perform their emotive, epic metal on the center stage at the ProgPowerUSA XII festival on Saturday, September 17th in Atlanta, Georgia.  View the festival line-up here.

Visit WHILE HEAVEN WEPT online at, on Facebook, and at

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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Says Goodbye to Cruz Del Sur Music

November 16th, 2010

We have been holding this statement for a few months now, and it is finally time to announce: Cruz del Sur Music recording artists WHILE HEAVEN WEPT will no longer be part of the label’s roster. The label are  thrilled, but also sad, to state that WHILE HEAVEN WEPT have signed a new record deal with Nuclear Blast Records.
The following are the press releases from the three parties involved. It is an important moment for Cruz Del Sur, passing the torch on to Nuclear Blast Records… may it keep on burning high!
“I started working with Tom Phillips on the release of what was going to be Vast Oceans Lachrymose in June 2006. Almost three and a half years later, the release of VOL hit the market provoking an amazing reaction from the people who already loved WHW, but also conquering thousands of new fans. From then on, it was an exciting ride which has seen the CD re-release of their long out-of-print previous albums, a series of glorious live shows and the peak represented by the forthcoming release of their first live album Triumph: Tragedy: Transcendence available in a CD/DVD limited edition and on vinyl on Cruz del Sur Music. It was inevitable that WHW would catch the interest of bigger labels and I am not angry or disillusioned at all. I mainly see their going to a respectable and leading label as Nuclear Blast as a honor and a recognition of our work.” –Enrico Leccese/Cruz Del Sur Music

“Nuclear Blast is extremely elated to announce the signing of While Heaven Wept! Last year we were totally blown away by the release of the album Vast Oceans Lachrymose (out on Cruz del Sur Music) from the US genre-defining and genre-defying metal band While Heaven Wept! After months of talking with mastermind Tom Philips we are very happy to announce that WHW has joined the Nuclear Family!! While Heaven Wept are already in the studio recording their follow up album Fear of Infinity which will be out April 2011.” — Jaap Wagemaker/Nuclear Blast A&R

“It made perfect sense for us to align with Nuclear Blast, who also have been committed to offering only the very best in the world of Heavy Metal. Through this partnership, we will surely be able to continue delivering the best productions possible while presenting our musical vision in a different arena, betraying neither our past nor our ideals. Nuclear Blast’s support of our musical identity is truly an honor, and everyone who has stood by us all along these years need not worry; While Heaven Wept is what it is, and cannot be anything else. Expect the unexpected. We look forward to revealing our new album Fear Of Infinity together with Nuclear Blast very soon!” –Tom Phillips/While Heaven Wept

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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Release Clips From Upcoming Live Album

October 20th, 2010

Virginia’s epic doom unit WHILE HEAVEN WEPT will be releasing their first live album via Italy’s diverse Cruz Del Sur Music, on December 7, 2010.

The material on the album was pulled from a 24-track audio capture of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT’s performance at the Hammer Of Doom Festival in Würzburg, Germany on February 6th, 2010. The master was synchronized to the pro-shot multi-camera footage, resulting in the band’s very first DVD. The end product, Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence – Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival, will be released as a CD/DVD set, showcasing both high quality audio and video evidence of the monumental performance.

Additionally, a 2xLP version of T:T:T is available now, released as a joint collaboration between Cruz Del Sur Music, Iron Kodex, and High Roller Records. Limited to 1000 copies, the double gatefold layout includes a poster and insert, with 300 available on 180 gram orange vinyl and 700 on 180 gram black.

Check out four mammoth live clips from the DVD, the impressive 2xLP layout and more here.

More live clips of the event as well as high quality audio samples will be posted closer to the approaching release date. Stay tuned for more details.

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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Live Album Details Announced

June 29th, 2010

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT are currently working on the forthcoming release of their new live album Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence – Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival 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 will finish the studio work on the masters.

The release is a stunning 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. This release is guaranteed to take all fans by surprise, seen the awesome quality of both audio and video materials.

The philosophy behind this release is twofold; First, it is an expression of gratitude to everyone who attended the show – who made it such a special, unforgettable experience for the band. Secondly, being that there are so many fans of the band who they’ve not been able to reach tour-wise, this record should help tide those fans over until WHILE HEAVEN WEPT can make it to their town.

In the words of WHW’s Tom Phillips, “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.”

Expect Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence – Live At The Hammer Of Doom Festival to be an incredible live testimonial of WHV excellent musicianship and stage power, a release which will haunt your stereo and DVD player for many a night of relentless epic doom!!

In North America contact Earsplit with all press requests for WHILE HEAVEN WEPT.

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