My Silent Wake – Invitation To Imperfection – Out March 2017!

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
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Solitary – The Diseased Heart Of Society – Out Now!

Now Out!

The Diseased Heart Of Society is so much more than ‘just another album’. It represents the complete rebirth of one of the UK’s most enduring thrash metal outfits and sets new standards in the process. Solitary have rediscovered the passion and anger that first inspired them to take up arms and rage at the world around them. Coupled with their hard earned experience, musical aptitude and the unquestioned skills of producer extraordinaire Simon Efemey (Amorphis, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death etc) the results are nothing short of staggering. From the unbridled fury of first single, ‘Unidentified’ to the accomplished majesty of epic album centrepiece ‘The Anthem Of Regret’, via precision thrash masterpieces like ‘Trigger Point Atrocity’ and ‘The Edge Of Violence’, Solitary have created an album of overwhelming power and focussed force. The Diseased Heart Of Society will take you by the throat and shake you ‘til you’re broken.
The band’s allegiance to the thrash metal cause has always been unflinching and from the heart; their 2014 live album setting out their manifesto in clear and simple terms – I Promise To Thrash Forever. They’ve ridden out the ever changing tides of fortune without wavering in their dedication and now is their time. The Diseased Heart of Society is the greatest album of Solitary’s career, casting long shadows over all they have released before – even their acclaimed 2008 album Requiem. This album is not just a personal pinnacle though; it can take on anything released by the big names in thrash in recent years – take them on and win.

The Diseased Heart Of Society is a roar of defiance from a band that are sick of the state of the world around them and tired of the weak imitations that have been masquerading as their beloved thrash metal. Enough is enough. Solitary are taking a stand and every true thrash fan will be proud to stand with them.

Richard Sherrington – Vocals/Guitar
Andy Mellor – Lead Guitars
Pete Hewitt – Bass
Roy Miller – Drums

Genre: Thrash Metal
For fans of: Slayer | Testament | Forbidden | Xentrix
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“Love thrash? You owe it to yourself to check this shit out!”
Worship Metal review of the ‘Unidentified’ single

“In 1986, it took Slayer just twenty eight minutes to change the face of thrash metal forever with ‘Reign In Blood’ … Solitary may have just done the same in thirty three minutes.” – METAL GODS TV

“…a sharp, tight and dark modern take on the classic Bay Area thrash metal sound…” – FRAME MUSIC

“Intense doesn’t even begin to describe how hot this album is…” – SOUNDSCAPE MAGAZINE

“…couldn’t have been more exhilarating…” – THE HEADBANGING MOOSE