Triumph​:​Tragedy​:​Transcendence

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Recorded live at the Hammer Of Doom 3 Festival, Posthalle, Würzburg, Germany, February 6th, 2010

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released November 8, 2010

“Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence” was:

Composed And Arranged By: Tom Phillips

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

Mastered By: Chris Salamone at Salamone's Recording Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia in August 2010

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

Band Logo By: Tamara Abarzua

Front Cover Photo By: Rainer Krukenberg

Graphics, Digital Treatments, and Layout By: Estelle Motsiou

Website Design and Maintenance: Estelle Motsiou

Published By: Vast Music Lachrymose, LLC

All Songs Copyright 2010, 2015 Vast Music Lachrymose

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

Contact Streetclip TV: metal@streetclip.tv, www.myspace.com/streetclip_strike

While Heaven Wept would like to thank the following: Oli, Heiko, and Anja for giving us this opportunity to begin with, the wonderful crew that did everything possible to insure this was a great show, the staff of the Posthalle, everyone else that had a role in taking care of us during our stay in Würzburg, Haus Der 150 Biere for the “second home”, the staff of the Pension Siegel, Neudi and the Streetclip TV team for the great chat and for making this release possible, Enrico and Cruz Del Sur Music, Rebecca and Iron Kodex Records, Steffen and High Roller Records, Estelle for the ever-greater layouts, Chris Salamone, Hans-Martin Issler, Saint Vitus, Asphyx, Lord Vicar, Ahab, Centurions Ghost, Old Season, Atlantean Kodex, The Wizar’d – it was an honor to share the stage with all of you. Above and beyond all, we would like to thank everyone who attended the festival…all of our new and old friends from all over Europe…it was priceless seeing you all, and for those who formed the audience – this was a magical show because of YOU…thank you for having us and making that evening so special.

“Triumph:Tragedy:Transcendence” is dedicated to the memory of our brother Tony Taylor, who left us so suddenly on the very night of this concert. Your music will live on in us and through the many recordings you’ve left behind. Your friendship and brotherhood will never be forgotten. R.I.P. BROTHER

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While Heaven Wept Woodbridge, Virginia

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: Vast Oceans Lachrymose
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 Furthest Shore (Parts 1-3)
So long ago, I set out to sea, forsaken by god and man
Visions of passion, glory and gold beckoned from distant lands
I left behind all I had known, aspiring to live, love, and conquer
Unaware that these futile pursuits would only yield a drifting sepulchre

Desperate
I have traversed
The seas of
Sorrow

Aimlessly drifting for many a year, cursing this fated endeavor
Hopeless, I accept that the solace I've sought will elude me forever
Straining against the maelstrom unbound, my limbs frailed and broken
Splintered apart after storm upon storm, my heart and hopes have sunken

Desolate
I have succumb
to the seas of
Sorrow

So long ago...
Track Name: Soulsadness
Sunk into the corner
Where the forlorn drift to die
A broken man stares into his glass
With weeping eyes

Drinking away this empty life
I’m bleeding to death inside
Torn apart by bladed words
In sorrow capsized

I gave myself completely and deeply
But that was never enough for you
More alone than ever,
Your knives have finally pierced on through (my heart)

Drinking away this lonely life
I’m bleeding to death inside
Torn apart by bladed words
In sorrow capsized

Now, I know I will die alone
Cold and broken…
Now, I know Hell is my destiny
You took everything from me…everything…

I am the desolate one
Bleeding
You took everything from me…everything…

Drinking away this waste of life
I’m bleeding to death inside
Torn apart by bladed words
In sorrow capsized
I gave my heart up to your knives
I’m bleeding to death inside
Track Name: The Drowning Years
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
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Track Name: Of Empires Forlorn
Damned, I crawled valleys silenced with death
Through the seas of carnage, over mountains of regret
Reaching summits only to behold barren wastes endless

Just when I needed you the most
You had forsaken me
To this kingdom of ghosts

Bleak are the skies above this ruin
I’ve found no solace in cathedrals fallen
I am so far from the light and warmth of Heaven

To the hell of myself
Alone I am damned
To weep for you

Now, above this vast ruin alone I stand
All light and hope has fled my kingdom and land
Betrayed by bride and brethren, my heart burst in your hands

Forlorn empires
My kingdoms damned
Forlorn empires
I am damned
Track Name: Vessel
Stranded upon a desperate shore, afraid
that the sea could wash all of our dreams away
into it's everflowing infinity...
or do these tides hold for us sanctuary?

Tonight, will you sail away
with open arms and eyes ablaze?

Believe...in me...

With passion I've built this vessel for us to wander
these oceans that rage within each other
and though the waves, as if to resist, will arise
If we have faith, ne'er will we capsize

Tonight, will you sail away
with open arms and eyes ablaze?

Believe...in me...

Guided by our hearts aflame like the stars above
The journey to heaven begins with this deepest of loves
Have faith without fear, open your heart, breathe and believe
Together we'll find our peace somewhere across the seas

Tonight we will sail away
with open hearts and eyes ablaze

Believe...in me...
Track Name: Thus With A Kiss I Die
Tears fall from my somber stare
Abandoned and nobody cares
I watched you walk away
As if I were never there
You said you’re not the only one in this world
Yet you’re the only one I’ve ever loved
From my sole sanctuary exiled
And likewise heaven above

You have forsaken me

Sleepwalk to the gallows
To expel my hollow soul
Unto fire, unto cold
Into hell I must go
A broken heart, a broken wing, I’m falling
Into this pain deep within
Infinitely spiraling
To my sorrow-filled end

You have foredoomed me

“When again these eyes you gaze into
You’ll see I’m still reaching for you”

“How could you leave me here?”

You have forgotten me