Even more so, this is a splendid overview of what English gothic doom metal band My Silent Wake has been doing since 2005. Perhaps a mea-culpa is in its place here because I didn't know this band before this compilation reached me. Frankly, I have been out of the gothic metal scene since 2005. Yet, I am quite thrilled to have discovered them now. This is exactly what fascinated me in the nineties.
The album opens with the brilliant track 'Sturm', which could be an outtake from Amorphis' 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes' album. From then on, we're on a journey along all the bands that made this genre as great as it is. From Amorphis over My Dying Bride to Paradise Lost and Tiamat, these guys certainly were inspired by the great ones Obviously, there's also a decent slab of gothic rock here, reminding me of acts like Fields Of The Nephilim and company.
My Silent Wake has been through a vast evolution over the years, resulting in a brilliantly varied compilation. At times it really feels like listening to a compilation album from the gloomy nineties, one where Crematory, Lake Of Tears and even Evergrey are present. Not knowing this band before, I'm not sure if their other releases are as varied as this one is but they all seems like awesome pieces of work. I'm going to have to check them out.
I can't name any highlights, perhaps because the entire album is a highlight or maybe because these are simply the best tracks from their oeuvre (including a brand new song). Yet, I am going to recommend this gem anyway because it simply is an awesome compilation. And, if that was not enough, the album comes with a download code, giving you access to two hours of remastered classic material. What else would you need as a gothic metal fan?