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Upon the completion of "Sorrow Of The Angels" in June 1998, Jon Paquin and I set out to assemble yet another new line-up with the intention of supporting the release of that album; Danny Ingerson by this time was living in Philadelphia attending music school and it simply wasn't conducive to for any of us to commute between 4 states! Enter Jim Hunter (bassist extraordinaire), Michelle Loose on keyboards, and her brother Scott Loose on guitar (who had jammed with WHW in a previous incarnation) Apart from Jon Paquin, who departed after nine years behind the drumkit in the Spring of 2001, this new configuration of While Heaven Wept has remained intact since (although we've had a few other individuals pass through the ranks additionally) aside from the drum position that is; we spent a good amount of time jamming with both Trevor Schrotz and Phil Bloxam on the "Of Empires Forlorn" material before my then-roommate Jason Gray stepped in at the last minute to help us complete the recording. We spent most of 2002 and the first half of 2003 working on "Empires" with Kevin 131 at Assembly Line Studios - a time that all of us still recall with great fondness. Kevin really helped us to take things to another level sonically, brought the best out of us as musicians, and managed to effortlessly diffuse any conflicts during the process. "Empires" was the first time (out of some 10+ recordings) that I left the studio feeling content with the results of our work, primarily due to the fact that the material was very accurately realized and captured in comparison to what we envisioned to begin with (of course, the music itself really gave us the direction more than anything, and it did very much take on a life of its own). Whereas "Sorrow Of The Angels" established While Heaven Wept as a strong entity within the underground five years prior, "Of Empires Forlorn" kicked open many doors in the "overground" of the industry for us. We literally watched a tidal wave of accolades build from the UK and plunge onward through the whole of the EU metal scene, which was both shocking and inspiring simultaneously. However, only recently have we become aware of just how much of an impact "Of Empires Forlorn" really made, and I cannot even begin to articulate how much it means to us to know so many people cherish this album so dearly to this day. Being that the album has been out of circulation for several years now, and in response to outrageous eBay prices we've seen it command, we present this new edition to you now - both in commemoration of our 20th Anniversary and in gratitude for your support through all these years. Thank you so much for believing in us...we hope to see all of you on the road very soon in support of "Vast Oceans Lachrymose."
While Heaven Wept has existed in various forms since 1989 and co-founding guitarist/composer Tom Phillips has been the one constant for the past 30 years. Since the beginning, there has been a wide range of influences, transcending forms, styles, and genres from epic metal to kosmiche musik, prog to neo-romanticism.