The Arcane Unearthed

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A Collection Of Rarities 1994-2010

All tracks remastered in 2011

"The Arcane Unearthed" essentially expands and replaces the long out-of-print "Chapter One: 1989-1999" 2LP compilation when coupled with "Sorrow Of The Angels" and "Lovesongs Of The Forsaken".

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released February 14, 2011

All songs Composed and Arranged by: Tom Phillips

“To Wander The Void” (Live, 2010) was:

Performed By: Jim Hunter - Bass
Rain Irving - Lead and Harmony Vocals
Scott Loose - Guitars
Tom Phillips - Guitars
Michelle Schrotz – Keyboards and Harmony Vocals
Trevor Schrotz - Drums

Recorded At: The Hammer Of Doom 3 Festival, Posthalle, Würzburg, Germany, February 6th, 2010

24-track audio recording: Nicolas Reichert for STRIKE!, the metal-tv-show on www.streetclip.tv

Produced By: Tom Phillips and Chris Salamone at Salamone's Recording Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia between June 2010 and August 2010


“Vast Oceans Lachrymose” (Demo, 2004) was:

Performed By: Jason Gray – Drums
Scott Loose – Guitars
Tom Phillips – Guitars, Bass, and Keyboards

Recorded At: JP’s Place, March 22nd, 2004

Recorded By: JP Maheu

Produced By: Tom Phillips and JP Maheu in March 2004


“The Drowning Years” (7” A Side) and “Sorrow Of The Angels” (7” B Side) were:

Performed By: Jason Gray – Drums
Jim Hunter – Bass
Scott Loose – Guitars
Tom Phillips – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards

with contributions from:

Jake Bodnar – Additional Keyboards
Kevin “131” Gutierrez – Samples, Editing, and Effects
Michelle Loose – Additional Keyboards


Recorded By: Kevin 131 at Assembly Line Studios in Vienna, Virginia between February 2002 and June 2002

Produced By: Kevin 131, Tom Phillips, and Jim Hunter in June 2002


“Into The Wells Of Sorrow” (Compilation Mix) and “Unplenitude” were:

Performed By: Danny Ingerson – Bass, Keyboards
Jon Paquin – Drums
Tom Phillips – Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards

Recorded At: Neptune Recording Studios in August 1997, and January-June 1998

Recorded By: Max Henkel and JP Maheu

Produced By: Tom Phillips, Jon Paquin, and JP Maheu in June 1998


“The Mourning” (7” version) was:

Performed By: Gabe Funston – Bass
Jon Paquin – Drums
Tom Phillips – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards

Recorded At: Neptune Recording Studios, January – August 1994, with additional recording January 1995

Recorded By: Max Henkel

Produced By: Tom Phillips, Jon Paquin, and Max Henkel in August 1996


“Into The Wells Of Sorrow: (7” A Side) and “Shores Of Desolation” (7” B Side) were:

Performed By: Gabe Funston – Bass
Jon Paquin – Drums
Tom Phillips – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards

Recorded At: Neptune Recording Studios, January – May 1994

Recorded By: Max Henkel

Produced By: Tom Phillips, Jon Paquin, and Max Henkel in May 1994

Executive Producers For The High Roller Records Pressing: Tom Phillips and Steffen Boehm

Cover Artwork By: Frank Fiedler represented by Rainer Kalwitz (www.myspace.com/rainerkalwitz)

Photography By: Hans-Martin Issler, Michael Rivera, Dave Tyler, Melissa LeBlanc, Jenny Shrader, Emilie Raguso, Jason Gray, Jesse Hunter, Tom Phillips, Ben Kelly, Angie Campbell (amongst others)

Art Concept And Designs By: Tom Phillips, Jim Hunter, and Estelle Motsiou

Band Logo By: Tamara Abarzua

Graphics, Digital Treatments, and Layout By: Estelle Motsiou

Website Design and Maintenance: Estelle Motsiou

All songs newly remastered by Bill Wolf for Wolf Productions in January 2011

All songs published by: Vast Music Lachrymose, LLC

All songs copyright 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2015 Vast Music Lachrymose

While Heaven Wept logo and insignia are trademarks of While Heaven Wept, LLC

Band Websites: www.whileheavenwept.com, www.facebook.com/whileheavenwept

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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 25 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. While Heaven Wept is currently signed to Nuclear Blast Records. ... more

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Track Name: To Wander The Void (Live 2010)
A million miles from everything the emptiness is everywhere
The lone and level sands stretch as far as I can see
Nothing but the hollowed eyes of skulls and ancient bones despair
Remains of those who wandered this wasteland vast before me

Fatigue and famine render every step a tribulation
Beneath the blistering sun sabulous winds just a mockery
Lost within an infinity of dust and desolation
The vultures circling overhead await my lonely expiry

Maintaining this course to nowhere I have traveled so far
Far beyond the valley's carnage and death's silent repose
Compelled to journey onward by the calling of the morning star
Haunted by visions and voices, memories or madness providence only knows

I can't remember when or how I'd first lost my way
Thirsting even a tear of solace knowing naught will ever come
Siren celestial have mercy on me allow my flesh into dust decay
And carry my soul far beyond this damned and forsaken kingdom

I fell to my knees as the last trace of strength slowly faded away
With stone in throat I knew I'd never reach the hallowed and promised land
I conceded my carcass a vulture's feast, my soul eternal umbrae
Once a king, now nameless, forgotten, swallowed by the seas of sand
Track Name: Vast Oceans Lachrymose (Demo 2004)
Instrumental

"I set my heart out to sea,
hoping someday my love would return to me,
yet the years have passed like waves,
and I have fatigued with age,
in lachrymal oceans vast,
deserts of time have washed away

The passage of time implies progression,
yet I've become stone,
watching worlds dying,
negating the solace I've never known"
Track Name: The Drowning Years (7" A Side 2002)
These empty years, in sadness repose
What once were joys now have become sorrows

I drank them all away

Once, I held hopes, loves, and dreams…now they’ve sunken into the sea
And I’ve no one left to save me from drowning eternally

I drank them all away
I drank myself away
Track Name: Sorrow Of The Angels (7" B Side 2002)
Heaven weeps with my sorrow
Through the clouds’ veil of black lace
An infinity of angels
Share the tearstreams I pour away
Within the storms of sadness
I’ll eternally remain
Love is lost forever
You are mourned by this rain

Forever weeping
Track Name: Into The Wells Of Sorrow (Compilation Mix 1998)
Ghostwinds draw forth the clouds
That will shroud me in black forever
Once again I stare into the night
Darkness binds my life and death together

The dark clouds a portrait of her
The black-cloaked face of death
Her empty eyes a hallway to heaven
But my sanctum is beyond unfathomed depths

I will never be at rest
Until the sun forever sets

A solemn walk through this maze of paled stones
Monuments to the ending of pain
Souls cry forth from eternal sanctum
Knowing only death remains

Now I stand before the altar
They call me from ethereal gates
I raise my head in dignity
Knowing only death is the absence of pain
Track Name: Unplenitude (Outtake 1998)
Aging branches
Reach for the warmth of life
Fleeting from the cerement of ice

So brittle they’d break
‘Neath the ashes of autumn
Weak with the weight of eternal tears
Track Name: The Mourning (7" Version 1996)
He who lives twixt pain, pain and despair
Dwelleth ‘neath the doom dark clouds forbear
Awaiting the fates’ warning
I live this life in eternal mourning

My soul was born buried alive
And waits ‘til my body ‘neath the headstone lie
Live a death in midnight for ten thousand years
Each day sinking further into a sea of tears

Open the eternal gates of sanctum with my death
Sail into sleep, never awaken again

He who in darkness dwell
Shall find eternal rest, heaven through hell
Track Name: Into The Wells Of Sorrow (7" A Side 1994)
Ghostwinds draw forth the clouds
That will shroud me in black forever
Once again I stare into the night
Darkness binds my life and death together

The dark clouds a portrait of her
The black-cloaked face of death
Her empty eyes a hallway to heaven
But my sanctum is beyond unfathomed depths

I will never be at rest
Until the sun forever sets

A solemn walk through this maze of paled stones
Monuments to the ending of pain
Souls cry forth from eternal sanctum
Knowing only death remains

Now I stand before the altar
They call me from ethereal gates
I raise my head in dignity
Knowing only death is the absence of pain
Track Name: Shores Of Desolation (7" B Side 1994)
A call to the sea to cleanse my soul of ill
Of hate and depression be freed, my fate, thus fulfilled
Summon me forth, the susurration of the blackest tides
No longer the shores of emptiness shall I tread infinitely inside

Frigid mournful winds traverse the black chasms of my soul
Awaiting sweet death, I will again be whole
Tumultuous waters extract me from this mortality to which I’m bound
Evolved from the body, useless time, expired, futile life, drowned