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THE ANGEL AND THE DARK RIVER

My Dying Bride

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.01 | 77 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars The DNA profile of My Dying Bride....

This is an arch-typical My Dying Bride album in my view. Well, the arch-typical My Dying Bride I really like. The music here is slow, doomy, gloomy, melodic and symphonic. Symphonic doom is the genre I would use on this album.

Just the usual facts first: This is their third album and the follow up to the genre defining Turn Loose The Swans album. The album title really gives the game away here. This is a mix of light and dark. Between soaring light melody lines and dark gloomy melody lines. The songs are all pretty introvert, but also pretty commercial at the same time. The opening track The Cry of Mankind is one of their best songs ever and a solid live favorite. It is an excellent song with a strong melody line underpinned by some good vocals and guitars. A Sea to Suffer In and Your Shameful Heaven is the two other excellent tracks here. There are some less great tracks here too, but this album never becomes uninteresting or dull.

In short, this is one of My Dying Bride's best ever albums and a true great album. It is interesting to note that My Dying Bride returned to the sound from this album after a couple of albums in the wilderness and had substantial success in their comeback to this sound. In short, this is a good album for the progheads who want to check out My Dying Bride.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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