Over the years My Silent Wake have become one of the most admired bands in the doom metal scene, with incredible albums like 2015s stunning Damnatio Memoriae. However, what has made them a truly unique entity is the breadth and depth of their creativity. Not content simply to craft albums of formidable, melancholy metal they have also stripped their music down to its acoustic essentials, both live and on album and with releases like the acclaimed Eye Of The Needle, explored the world of dark ambience as well. Now, with their first album for new label Opa Loka Records, My Silent Wake offer something different again, with the most experimental, atmospheric and imaginative release of their storied career.
Invitation To Imperfection combines My Silent Wake’s mastery of the ambient and acoustic and then adds more… Friends and associates from the extended My Silent Wake family offered their own personal touches to the recordings and an array of instruments were used to bring these songs to life; from zithers to mandolins, pump organs to karimbas, they all contribute their own colours and textures to the magic. Multiple recording locations were also used, as the band wandered far and wide harvesting the sounds that resonated with the vision in their hearts. The result is an enthralling album that is, in its own quiet way, as powerful as any of My Silent Wake’s magnificent doom albums.
Ever present in all that My Silent Wake do, is Ian Arkley and he offered a few thoughts on their latest creation:
“It is not about virtuosity, high class production or striving to be noticed or to impress… it is about trying to create a balance which allows for things not being perfect whilst trying to create an interesting track. This isn’t just My Silent Wake ambient or just My Silent Wake acoustic; this is a mixture of the two which we sincerely hope you enjoy.”
Invitation To Imperfection is a deeply affecting album. It’s thought provoking and dream invoking, prompting reflection and revelation, a very special album from a band who are a true musical treasure of untold worth, with a rich history and an exciting future.
Ian Arkley – Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Addam Westlake – Bass
Gareth Arlett – Drums
Simon Bibby – Keyboards
Mike Hitchen – Rhythm Guitar
Genre: Doomed Dark Ambient
For fans of: Arcana | Cities Last Broadcast | Lustmord
Further information: www.mysilentwake.com