Vast Oceans Lachrymose

by While Heaven Wept

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"Vast Oceans Lachrymose" was the 3rd full-length album from While Heaven Wept, originally released via Italy's Cruz Del Sur Music in 2009. It is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the band's career and was indeed something of a worldwide phenomenon. Like all of our albums, it is meant to be heard as a whole, hence the grouping of certain songs to insure continuity. "Single" versions are available elsewhere, but none of our releases have ever been intended to be taken piecemeal...it is ALWAYS about the complete journey.

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released November 3, 2009

“Vast Oceans Lachrymose” was:

Composed And Arranged By: Tom Phillips

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

Recorded By: Chris Salamone at Salamone's Recording Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia between April 2005 and August 2009 with additional recording by Rain Irving at Raintrax Studio between April 2009 and August 2009

Produced By: Tom Phillips and Chris Salamone

Mastered By: Chris Salamone at Salamone's Recording Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia in September 2009

Band Photography: Michael Rivera, Photography by Public Image
www.photographybymichaelrivera.com

Additional Photography: Tom Phillips

Original Cover Art By: John Martin (1789-1854)

Original Art Credits: YAG23601 #80 Christ Stilleth the Tempest, 1867 45:Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1867 by Martin, John (1789-1854) York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery), UK PERMISSION REQUIRED FOR NON PUBLISHING USE English, out of copyright

Art Concept And Designs By: Jim Hunter and Tom Phillips

Band Logo By: Tamara Abarzua

Graphics, Digital Treatments, and Layout By: Mauro Berchi

Website Design and Maintenance: Stergiani Motsiou

Published By: Vast Music Lachrymose, LLC

All Songs Copyright 2010 Vast Music Lachrymose

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

Dedications:

Although "To Wander The Void" is as deeply personal as all WHW compositions, it is also something of a tribute to Fates Warning - one of our earliest influences, whose rich musical legacy still continues
to inspire us to this day.

"Vessel" is dedicated to THE ONE...no matter how near or far, together or apart, with undying love

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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: The Furthest Shore
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

Tortured memories of sailing and searching, finding and failing
Eroding the will to further resist the waves' violent churning
Bereft of strength I've lost hold of the dream now sinking in sorrow
Falling helpless to the waters raging below

For a fleeting moment I clutched the debris of my vessel now flotsam
a futile attempt of an overcome man to fend off the ocean
I know it is hopeless when I see the approach of the conquering wave
that has come to carry me to my watery grave

Washed ashore, succumb to the sea
the waves force upward my lifeless eyes
to watch the sun set for the last time
Only in death, would peace be mine
Track Name: To Wander The Void
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: Living Sepulchre/Vessel
Living Sepulchre (1995, 2005, 2009)

I gave myself
until there was
nothing left of me

Yet I never said
no when you
needed me

You never knew
or cared how
fragile I really was

I scream but you cannot hear me

So if you wonder
why I've vanished
to the hell of myself

Year after year I've
built these walls
and finally sealed myself inside

Without air
Without light
I close my eyes

You're screaming but I cannot hear you

Betrayed, abandoned
by those I loved the most


Vessel (1993, 2004, 2008)

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: Vast Oceans Lachrymose/Epilogue
Vast Oceans Lachrymose (1994, 2001)

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"


Epilogue (2003)

Instrumental