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My Silent Wake : IV Et Lux Perpetua

My Silent Wake haven’t been that much silent these last months, releasing a full-length, a split and an other album in a row… that’s quite a performance when speaking of Doom. Almost as quick as Striborg and Helvetto, only much better.

’IV Et Lux Perpetua’ is thus the fourth full-length of the english Doom band… Not that much Doom anymore can we say. Those who have shown some enthusiasm for their previous works could as well be disappointed by the evolution they have gone into…unless this enthusiasm was foremost awaken by the originality of the band’s Doom and the way it has gradually been freed from all the heavy stereotypes of Death Doom.

’IV ELP’ is a modern take on the old-school Doom; it certainly isn’t a try to re-make old-school Doom, much more a development on the old-school feeling, raw, savage, uncompromised, Death Metal-inspired. But this is 2010 and you can’t be mistaken: it’s versatile and diverse. Mature, should we say?

The death-ish vocals are meaner than before, it seems, shifting between barking grunts and aggressive murderous shrieks. This is all the more striking that the music keeps its peculiar melodicity and fluency all along. My Silent Wake are very much guided by all that the golden seventies still have to offer the most curious and daring –and ‘un-true’- musicians: coolness, progressiveness, open-mindness, an ambitious conception of how music can be a voyage, flowing through diverse soundscapes.

This is of course what could hold away much of the listeners; because they always landed where you wouldn’t guess to see them, some lines are even so awkwardly out of place, some soft popy lines obviously that don’t match with dark doomy patterns, that it can irritate. This polymorphic approach of Metal -can we still speak of Doom?- is as challenging and fascinating as it can indeed be annoying.

Folky celtic enthralling guitar lines, melancholic Rock, Crushing Death Doom. You alltogether think of Keen of Crow, Pentagram, King Crimson, Hawkwind… even Thrashy riffing and drumming are invited to that curious syncretic mass…. Mmh, sounds like a mess more than a mass, doesn’t it? The more I listen to ’IV Et Lux Perpetua’, the more I perceive this album as a transition, a link, a bit like Anathema’s ’Eternity’, it attests the will of the band to visit new lands and to dwell in them.

The last song ‘Journey’s End’ gives maybe a hint of what is to be expected in the future: lively spacey Rock that grooves and swings! These english gentlemen are maybe lost for Doom Metal, but they certainly are onto ‘something’. What this will be, the next release will tell.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Et Lux Perpetua
2. Death Becomes Us
3. Bleack Endless Winter
4. Father
5. Graven Years
6. My Silent Wake
7. Between Wake And Sleep
8. Journey’s End

Duration : Approx. ?? minutes

Visit the My Silent Wake bandpage.

Reviewed on 16-09-2010 by Bertrand marchal
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