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My Silent Wake : A Garland of Tears

Third album for the main band of Ian Arkley, that may be more known to some as the singer for some great acts like Century Sleeper, Seventh Angel and Ashen Mortality. After the behemoth that was their previous double album 'The Anatomy Of Melancholy', I was curious to see which direction the band would take: more or less Doom? Luckily for me, My Silent Wake decided to choose a third path, the middle one. So what you'll find here is a very clever mix between melodic Death Metal (Dark Tranquillity springs immediately to mind) and more "classic" Gothic Doom.

The mix is so damn well done that, despite having some obvious influences (and even from non Metal genre, as the exceptional The Mission-inspired song 'Cold Grey Skies' shows), My Silent Wake manage to sound fresh and different, and not like another clone band. And every second some great idea pops out, like crashing Doom waves all around you. My favorite? Four vocalists on the album. Yeah, you've read me well, the vocal duties are shared between four band members, one woman and three men (get those nasty ideas out of your mind, you perverts!!) and it just sounds perfect all the time. Alternating clean, grunts and shrieks make songs like 'Cold Grey Skies' a pleasure to listen to. The band create some cool dark soundscapes, oceans of tears to drown in and storm of sorrow crashing everywhere.

And as if that wasn't enough, you still have that great medieval atmosphere appearing from time to time (the mind-blowing small instrumental 'Pendulum' or the delicate song 'Fallen Leaves'), and more Epic parts than you could dream of from a Doom/Death bands (the majestic riffs of 'Wilderness Of Thorns' are worth getting the album just for them). Simply put, My Silent Wake have released here one of the most interesting piece of Doom/Death of the past years. Of course, as time goes by, they could leave the Doom fields entirely, but I don't really think it'll happen. Right now, they may be still borderline, but on the good border and that's all you should know before going to get this album.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Tunnels
2. Cruel Grey Skies
3. Pendulum
4. By My Own Hand
5. Fall Of The Flightless
6. Fallen Leaves
7. Wilderness Of Thorns

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes.

Visit the My Silent Wake bandpage.

Reviewed on 30-01-2010 by Laurent Lignon
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