WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Release Lyric Video For “Icarus And I”Friday, 12th September 2014
Revered Virginia epic doom outfit WHILE HEAVEN WEPT have released the lyric video for “Icarus and I,” a track from their forthcoming new Suspended At Aphelion album.
Commented guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Tom Philips: “”Icarus And I” is Part 2 out of 11 and establishes the foundation of Suspended At Aphelion’s plot: the pursuit of the sun with passion and vigor, only to succumb to the reality that it is beyond reach. That is really what Suspended At Aphelion is all about: being instead condemned to the furthest point from the sun…the failure to achieve the dream – despite all the faith, hope, spirit, strength, and heart any one of us could muster. And musically, there are so many more twists, turns, modulations, so much more madness that follows this, it’s impossible to represent the totality of this song with any individual part, however ‘Icarus And I’was the inception of what we feel is the most gratifying journey in the history of While Heaven Wept.”
The signature sound of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT remains fully intact, yet has evolved; Phillips explains: “We’ve always been characterized by emotional sincerity, bombast, sweeping melodies, and dense orchestration, and Suspended At Aphelion is no exception — however, this really is another level for us in that it’s the first album featuring all-new material composed in this decade (as opposed to previous releases which often culled from years of archival material), it’s full of twists, turns, modulations, time changes, harmonic content rarely heard in metal, and tons of counterpoint. This is all augmented by actual cellos, violins, classical guitars, an array of percussion, and genuine analog synths.”
He continues: “Over the last few years, we’ve had some audiophiles reaching out to us regarding the ‘loudness wars,’ so we were very much committed to delivering an album with a wide dynamic range, with very little peak reduction or compression…insuring it was as dynamic and organic as possible versus being Pro Tooled to death or overtly compressed/limited for loudness… not unlike our labelmates SATYRICON, who definitely impacted our approach to Suspended At Aphelion…so you may have to turn it up compared to ‘X album’ from 2014, but we feel like this epic journey is even more gratifying because of this.”
Suspended At Aphelion track listing:
II: Icarus And I
V: Indifference Turned Paralysis
VI: The Memory Of Bleeding
VII: Souls In Permafrost
VIII: Searching The Stars
IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers
X: Lifelines Lost
The cover art for Suspended At Aphelion was once again created by Gustavo Sazes (MORBID ANGEL, ARCH ENEMY), and three separate audio masters were optimized for LP, CD, and digital download formats.
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT also reunited with producer/engineer Kevin “131” Gutierrez (RAVEN, DECEASED, DYSRHYTHMIA) at Assembly Line Studios for the recording of Suspended At Aphelion 12 years after creating their classic Of Empires Forlorn album together, solidifying an already strong team for their most epic of epics!