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WHILE HEAVEN WEPT Prepare For Release Of 6th Album


photo credit: Craig Hunter Ross

Virginia’s long running epic metal legends WHILE HEAVEN WEPT are commemorating their 25th year with the release of their sixth full-length album, Suspended At Aphelion.

Scheduled for release in North America on November 18th, the physical release of the anticipated album will be issued by Metalville Records while the digital version will be made available via Nuclear Blast.

Undoubtedly their most ambitious, epic, and progressive album so far featuring a single track divided into 11 parts, Suspended At Aphelion is performed by the entire Fear Of Infinity line-up as well as several esteemed guests, including FATES WARNING alumni drummer Mark Zonder and co-founding guitarist Victor Arduini – uniting two eras of FATES WARNING for the first time ever.

Guitarist, keyboardist & songwriter Tom Phillips states, “We all have dreams, aspirations, and desires. Most of us pursue them with passion… with all the strength, faith, and hope that we can find inside of ourselves. Unfortunately, sometimes this isn’t enough, and we ultimately have to come to terms with that which is unreachable. Suspended At Aphelion is the story of one such dream, but it will resonate differently for each listener.  We all have our suns that remain untouchable.”

Twelve years after creating their classic album Of Empires Forlorn together and solidifying an already strong team for their most epic of epics, the group reunited with producer/engineer Kevin “131” Gutierrez (RAVEN, DECEASED, DYSRHYTHMIA) at Assembly Line Studios in Vienna, Virginia for the recording of Suspended At Aphelion.


The official lyric video for the track ‘Souls In Permafrost’ can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/TlTVh0ULPbs


“Part 7 of Suspended At Aphelion is one of my favorite parts and epitomizes the madness of the album,” says Phillips. “This is what I’ve meant about music moving in every direction and intense counterpoint – with the angular guitar lines, Jim’s serpentine bassline, the gothic choir chants all juxtaposed beneath Rain’s lead vocal, this ‘rough edit’ of ‘Permafrost’ is about as complex as it gets without being overtly technical/self-aggrandizing…plus it provides a ‘sneak peak’ into what is to come with Part 8 as well!”

The album’s artwork was once again created by Gustavo Sazes (MORBID ANGELARCH ENEMY, FIREWIND) and three separate audio masters were optimized for LP, CD, and digital download formats.


Suspended At Aphelion tracklisting:

I: Introspectus

II: Icarus And I

III: Ardor

IV: Heartburst

V: Indifference Turned Paralysis

VI: The Memory Of Bleeding

VII: Souls In Permafrost

VIII: Searching The Stars

IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers

X: Lifelines Lost

XI: Retrospectus


Suspended At Aphelion is currently available for pre-order at the following digital outlets:

Amazon MP3 – http://geni.us/WHWaphelionAMZMP3

iTunes – http://geni.us/WHWaphelionITunes

Google Play – http://smarturl.it/WHW-Aphelion-Google


Fans can view the “Icarus And I” lyric video here: http://youtu.be/nxCeC3Mxqxw and previous album trailers below:

Trailer #1: http://youtu.be/MCADIdgye1A

Trailer #2: http://youtu.be/V7AQCGfbvoA

Trailer #3: http://youtu.be/vnbkd7aOeNM

Trailer #4: http://youtu.be/Rnts5gxz7Q4



Tom Phillips – Guitars, Keyboards, Voice

Jim Hunter – Bass

Trevor Schrotz – Drumset

Scott Loose – Guitars

Rain Irving – Lead and Harmony Voices

Michelle Schrotz – Keyboards, Harmony Voices

Jason Lingle – Keyboards and Voices


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