Songs…” takes us back to the time before the music of While Heaven Wept
embraced a more Classical / technical slant. Considered a rarity, the EP is
now made more widely available through High Roller Records, a label which in
fact specialises in the re-release of lost/rare gems.
harbouring an admiration for the music of WHW, I was oblivious to the band’s
earlier material and this release opened my ears to some incredibly creative
and profound music. Indeed “Love Songs…” possesses grandeur of epic
proportions. Think of it as a film Noire equivalent of Metal if seen through
the eyes and ears of Peter Jackson.
delivery and sound of the song are fraught with imperfections but I felt
that that only served to give the music a rawer sound and make it more
believable. After all, lest we forget, the first Venom and Black Sabbath
albums were epitomes of imperfection but their magic remains undeniable.
Having said that, this EP probably needs a few listens in order to be
appreciated but once the listener warms to it, there’s no letting go.
Songs…” is subdivided into 3 parts segued together, respectively embodying
hope, despair and resignation. Also included is another version of the same
song, having a different mix from the original, the former having previously
appeared as a “rare” promo-cassette version in 1994. I don’t really see the
point of featuring what is virtually the same song twice but then I suppose
vinyl's do have 2 sides to fill in.
ultimately uplifting, “Love Songs of the Forsaken” is another showcase of
the creative minds within While Heaven Wept.