While Heaven Wept

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While Heaven Wept
Origin Virginia, United States
Genres Doom metal
Power Metal
Progressive metal
Neo-classical metal
Symphonic metal
Years active 1989–present
Labels Nuclear Blast Records
Cruz Del Sur Music
Black Lotus Records
Eibon Records
Rage of Achilles Records
Rock Machine Records
Members Tom Phillips
Jim Hunter
Scott Loose
Trevor Schrotz
Rain Irving

While Heaven Wept (often abbreviated as WHW) is an epic doom metal band based in Dale City, Virginia, United States.[1] The primary writer and overall engine of the band is mainman Tom Phillips. Their melodic, classically influenced style could be compared to bands such as Solitude Aeturnus and Solstice (the latter of which Tom Phillips is a former member); however, 2003's acclaimed Of Empires Forlorn saw the band branching out into a variety of metal and progressive styles. This trend continues on their 2009 album, Vast Oceans Lachrymose, and on their 2011 album, Fear of Infinity.[2]

While Heaven Wept's lyrics have traditionally dealt with sorrowful matters, namely, personal loss and despondency.

While Heaven Wept announced on their Facebook page that they are currently planning on an autumn 2014 release. The album will consist of a single 40-minute track.[3]



  • Tom Phillips (ex-Solstice, ex-Twisted Tower Dire, ex-Brave) - vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Jim Hunter (Twisted Tower Dire, October 31, Revelation) - bass
  • Scott Loose (Brave, Human Theory) - guitars
  • Trevor Schrotz (Brave) - drums
  • Michelle Schrotz (Brave) - keyboards, vocals
  • Rain Irving (Altura) - vocals
  • Jason Lingle (Altura) - keyboards, vocals


  • Mark Zonder (Warlord, ex-Fates Warning) - drums on "Suspended At Aphelion" [4]
  • Victor Arduini (ex-Fates Warning) - lead guitar on "Suspended At Aphelion"[5]
  • Christopher Ladd - classical guitar on "Suspended At Aphelion"[6]
  • Mark Shuping - cello and violin on "Suspended At Aphelion"


  • Jason Gray (ex-Forty Days Longing) - drums
  • Angelo Tringali (Slough Feg) - guitars (live)
  • Fred Provoost (ex-Whispering Gallery) - keyboards (live)
  • Jon Paquin - drums
  • Scott Waldrop (Twisted Tower Dire) - guitars
  • Jim Murad (ex-Twisted Tower Dire) - bass
  • Wiley Wells (Novembers Doom, Those Are They) - keyboards
  • Danny Ingerson (ex-Dysrhythmia (band)) - bass
  • Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia (band), Gorguts) - guitar
  • Gabe Funston - bass
  • Phil Bloxam - (ex-Hellion - DC underground metal band) - drums
  • Jake Bodnar - keyboards
  • Kenny Thomas - guitars, vocals
  • "Diamond" Dave - bass
  • James Whorton - drums
  • Jason Stone - bass
  • David Bornhauser - guitars
  • Tony Garcia - guitars
  • Chad Peevy - bass
  • Brendan "Ber" Galvan - vocals
  • Chris Galvan - guitars
  • Jim Chappell - drums

WHW has had numerous line-up changes over the years.


Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Scenecubator (features "The Mourning") - Open Eye Records (1994)
  • Nightshade Vol.1 (features "Sorrow Of The Angels") - Private Release by Scott DeFusco (Curse Of The Chains 'zine) (1995)
  • Funeral Aspects (features "Sorrow Of The Angels") - Private Release by Patrick Walker (Warning) (1995)
  • Time Brings Only Sadness (features "Sorrow Of The Angels") - Private Release by Oliver Richling (1995)
  • At the Mountains of Madness (features "Into the Wells of Sorrow") - Miskatonic Foundation (1999)
  • Knuckletracks XLV (features "The Drowning Years") - Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine (2002)
  • Terrorized V25 (features "The Drowning Years") - Terrorizer Magazine #115 (2003)
  • Obskure Sombre Records Doom Fuzz Compilation 2003 (features "The Drowning Years" single version) - Obskure Sombre Records (2003)
  • Dark Moon Vol.1 - A Tribute To The Black Spirit (features "Destroyer Of Solace") - More Music and Media GmbH (2011)
  • ProgPower USA XII DVD (features "Of Empires Forlorn" and "Voice In The Wind") - ProgPower USA (2012) [12]


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