The US metallers While Heaven Wept have been in existence for 25 years and are drawing on the full potential of their anniversary work "Suspended At Aphelion". Although the band has an epic style, they don't make the mistake of drowning the music in bombast. Rather, the seven Americans explore the entire dynamic spectrum. Thus the album offers lyrical instrumental pieces (with strings, classical guitar and piano) as well as driving songs with symphonic side, which sometimes go in a more progressive direction. "Suspended At Aphelion", which featured ex-Fates Warning members Victor Arduini (g) and Mark Zonder (dr), was conceived as a 40-minute song, but is divided into eleven sections that merge seamlessly. Rain Irving holds everything together with his variable voice and convinces not only as a ballad singer, but also as a hero tenor and doom shouter. The only thing you could blame the band for is that their songs don't always develop organically and the strings are sometimes too suppig arranged.
Top track: Ardor