WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Release First Track-By-Track Breakdown For “Suspended At Aphelion”Thursday, 16th October 2014
Virginia doom metallers WHILE HEAVEN WEPT have posted the first track-by-track breakdown of their new album, Suspended at Aphelion.
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!