Once desolation and doom in metal takes your fancy, you probably need to look no further than My Silent Wake. Former works like Damnatio Memoriae were already right up there with the likes of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost. Yet, the band’s gothically tainted, painfully bleak and bare bone approach to Doom Death Metal always allowed them to carve out their own niche in this genre.
Then again – never shy of experiments – Ian Arkley launched himself into Invitiation to Imperfection in 2017. A somewhat pigheaded unplugged piece that the jury is still out for. Not unexpectedly, some off-flavors of the latter spilled into There Was Death. And this morphs this newest record into something much more controversial than other Doom Death Metal pieces currently on offer. Now, if this is good or bad will be in the eyes of the beholder. But it for sure risks to be a source of pain and suffering to the casual purist out there. [...]