While Heaven Wept
Vast Oceans Lachrymose


5.0
classic

Review

by Nosferatwo USER (43 Reviews)
November 4th, 2009 | 18 replies | 8,341 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stunning. Gorgeous. Perfect.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Vast Oceans Lachrymose is epic, both in name and in practice. While Heaven Wept is the unheralded champion of the epic doom metal founded by Candlemass, and in the years that the pioneers struggled to find their identity, the Americans took up the crown as the best purveyor of the brand of music. Candlemass has found their way again, and while they receive all of the attention, they did not regain the crown.

While Heaven Wept received critical acclaim for their previous album, Of Empires Forlorn, which only scratched the surface of what they were capable of. Bringing new singer Rain Irving into the fold has only raised the bar, letting each member contribute more of themselves, turning the whole into more than the sum of the parts. Irving is the only change in the band's sound, an unnecessary but welcome change from guitarist Tom Phillips' vocals on their previous work. Where Phillips brought the sound of epic metal to the band, Irving brings the sound to life. His warm tenor carries more nuance and emotion, letting the songs come to life, rather than merely singing.

But this album isn't about the vocals. Irving does a masterful job behind the mic, but While Heaven Wept is about the music, the masterful compositions that blend power and emotion in ways that few bands can. The fifteen minute opener "The Furthest Shore" is the band's greatest work, a swaying piece that can only be described as beautiful. Sorrow is the order of the day, somber guitar harmonies carrying the back half as they lull the listener into a blissful ease. Few can match the emotional impact, none can maintain it as well.

The rest of the album supports the epic opening statement, working to form a complete album. "To Wander The Void" picks up the pace, chugging through a thick riff before Irving and the band offer a tantric chorus of wordless harmony. It is memorable without being sappy, letting the power of the guitars control and dominate the song. "Vessel" is a song any band would kill to write, a serious slab of doom flavored metal coupled with a half-time chorus that will haunt listeners like the ghosts of dead classics. Even the closing pair, the title track and "Epilogue", are able to speak to the listener without utilizing a single vocal. The title track's guitars rival any put to tape, saying more about pain in each note than any album's worth of screaming could.

What the band has achieved with Vast Oceans Lachrymose is nothing short of amazing, an album that is powerful and delicate, uplifting and filled with sorrow, epic and still down to earth. The album is a testament to a band that plays by their own rules, making music that exists beyond the surface, speaking to anyone who puts in the effort to listen. Quite simply, Vast Oceans Lachrymose is perfect.



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Jayxsnoogans
November 4th 2009



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

youve inspired me to check out their myspace.....so far, the first half of the furthest shore is amazing

TBrown87
November 4th 2009



52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not a bad album, just not as earth shattering as you make out.

Zoo
November 4th 2009



3759 Comments


their last album was corny as all hell and essentially blew and this wasn't much better, this band is super overrated by so many underground doom circles it's ridiculous.

BallsToTheWall
November 4th 2009



44164 Comments


This has bag of douche written all over it....which means I should love it. But I dont. Nice review though.

Willie
Moderator
November 4th 2009



15876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I'm going to ignore those last two comments and just say that their last album was pretty good, but it was almost too traditional - there was no edge. That said, I still want to check this out.

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Eakflanderyof
November 5th 2009



2143 Comments


This sounds and looks epic as fuck.

rasputin
November 5th 2009



14516 Comments


way overrated

Jayxsnoogans
November 11th 2009



72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well ive listened to this a few times now and....

I think its good

I'm surprised there are 4 comments out of the 7, so far, saying this is crappy or over-rated...I had never even heard of them and their last album only has 3 votes on Sputnik so its hard to see how theyre over-rated....more like not rated...but someone did say "underground doom-circles" (haha).

It almost seems like power metal, though, more than doom.

Willie
Moderator
November 16th 2009



15876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their last album was really good, but this is kind of boring. Also, I don't like their new vocalist.

TheThinIce
April 15th 2010



62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thoroughly enjoyed this album, but it is not 5 worthy.

JesteRace
June 27th 2011



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Simply a masterpiece. Definitely one of my all time favorite albums.

seedofnothing
November 10th 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i dont give a fuck what anyone says, albums owns

FictionalFlames
November 16th 2011



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Epic album!

seedofnothing
November 16th 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

f* yeah

m/




SlMBOLlC
November 4th 2012



4831 Comments


dat album cover D: fuckn insane

KingHarkinian
November 4th 2012



435 Comments


The vinyl looks amazing.

Titan
February 13th 2013



4799 Comments


truly another hidden gem

Shuyin
August 21st 2013



11106 Comments


damn good album, i wouldnt 5 it tho

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