My Silent Wake have always been different from the rest and stood apart from their peers. Their music is unconstrained by expectations, blissfully unaware of the rules that govern the genres they wander through; the only limits upon their sombre sound being their own far reaching imaginations. Nestling amongst their canon of heart wrenching doom lie albums of unexpected experimentation and exploration, albums that embrace acoustic and ambient textures, that paint in different hues and dream in different colours.Damnum Per Saeculorum is My Silent Wake’s eleventh full length album and the fourth which walks a different path. All the power and emotion of the band’s revered doom metal classics are still here, but captured within dreaming soundscapes and medieval themes. This album captivates your senses and enfolds you in an atmosphere so rich and deep it is wonderfully inescapable. Recorded in various locations and different times as 2019 slipped away and 2020 struggled into life and featuring vocal and lyrical contributions from friends and family, Damnum Per Saeculorum grew organically, taking form, shape In the textures of rough hewn, ancient stone and the sun warmed whorls of gnarled bark lies the essence of the past, the spirit of history sealed within. As the myriad reds and yellows of the sunset retreat before the greys and purples of twilight and the world wanders sleepily along the border between day and night, the ghosts still keep their watch upon the battlements and the murmurings of past passions dance below the canopy of leaves. The echoes of all that once was float upon the slowly cooling air of summer and what loved loves again, what broke breaks again, on into the soft silence of eternity.
Opa Loka RecordDamnum Per Saeculorum is the eleventh full-length album from revered doom sorcerers My Silent Wake and the fourth in their series of ambient, acoustic, experimental releases. It also happens to be a very special album indeed. Like the glint of old gold glimpsed beneath the loam and leaves, it is a startling revelation, an unexpected treasure dusted with magic. Medieval musical themes meander across dreamlike soundscapes, leading you backward and forwards through time. Songs like ‘Of Loss And Regret’ are haunting in their beauty and every bit as emotionally powerful as My Silent Wake’s heavier, guitar-driven compositions, while ‘The Rhyme Of Winter’s Children’ unfolds with a sense of drama to rival anything in their remarkable canon. Friends and family of the band members contributed lyrics and vocal performances as Damnum Per Saeculorum grew gradually, organically into the thing of wonder that drifts from your speakers today. The album was recorded in various sessions and locations around this island kingdom in late 2019 and early 2020, before being drawn together and mixed into a perfect alchemical blend by keyboard player Simon Bibby. Emotive and captivating, Damnum Per Saeculorum draws you gently into its world of shades and secrets and leaves you bereft when its final echoes fade, with a sense of loss that can only be assuaged by stepping across its threshold once more.
Watch wahawks here a track taken from Damnum Per Saeculorum
n the fifteen years of their existence My Silent Wake have created some incredible albums, some breathtaking music, but perhaps none with quite the peculiar magic of Damnum Per Saeculorum. On July 29th Opa Loka Records will reveal the path to this country of old ghosts and fragile enchantment, follow it and you’ll never want to leave.
For fans of: Cities Last Broadcast | Hagalaz Runedance | Corvus Corax | The Moon And The Nightspirit
Ian Arkley – Guitars & Vocals
Addam Westlake – Bass Guitar
Gareth Arlett – Drums
Simon Bibby – Keyboards
David MacLean – Guitars