My Silent Wake – Invitation To Imperfection

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label: Stone Groove Records
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Released: 2017
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Ian Arkley
Addam Westlake
Gareth Arlett
Mike Hitchen
Simon Bibby

1. Vorspiel
2. Helgar Kindir
3. Volta
4. Bleak Spring
5. Tempest
6. The Fear
7. Lament Of The Defeatist
8. Aventurine
9. Song Of Acceptance
10. Nebula
11. You Drift Away
12. Cwiclac
13. Return Of The Lost At Sea
14. Melodien Der Waldgeister


Hands up who can remember music lessons at school. Were you the kid that got the triangle or the strange hollow bit of wood and a stick to hit it with? Can you remember the din a collection of you managed to make before being shouted at to stop? Imagine if you’d been allowed to persevere with all that abstract art of noise. You might have ended up with something that sounds remarkably close to the well labelled Invitation To Imperfection.

My Silent Wake have been around for well over a decade and in that time have built up quite a following. Their music is gothic doom with a large slice of avant garde. This isn’t gothic as in flowing black hair and pointy teeth. This is more a simply dark and menacing through unfamiliarity type of gothic. Their latest album is cleverly written and shows some lovely little passages among all the virtual incomprehensibility.

‘Tempest’ isn’t much of a storm but it has a Celtic charm to it through its slightly abstract delivery. It’s a tune you find yourself being drawn to while at the same time feel it pushing you away. That alone is an experience you don’t find very often in music. Elsewhere you get the sense that some of the complexity has been done just to show off. The whole record suffers from a bit of a superiority complex which isn’t helps by that nagging feeling you’ve heard some of this before being played by people in grey shorts and skirts sitting on little wooden chairs.

At its best Invitation to Imperfection is thought provoking and unique. At its worst it is a bit of a pretentious mess. If the band could cut out the randomness and focus more on just a shred of accessibility to at least black metal levels then they might be on to a winner. There’s no doubting they are technically able musicians. They’re obviously writing in a way that pleases them. It just seems a shame that much of what they do is so impenetrable.

Review by:  Gary Truemam