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My Dying Bride - Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium CD (album) cover


My Dying Bride


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.49 | 17 ratings

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3 stars This EP gets a 3-star rating from me. My Dying Bride is one of my favorite bands. Their music is a very interesting combination of death metal trappings with violins, keyboards, and sophisticated song structures. That being said, "Symphonaire" is a merely adequate example of the band's music. The lyrics, like on most of My Dying Bride's output, are a little ridiculous. They're gothic and violent, but they seem like scattered images without a framework.

The title track is definitely the best of the three. I like the bells at the end. There is some variety here, although the song overstays its 11 minutes a bit. "God is Alone" and "De Sade Soliliquay" don't have that problem They are pretty standard death metal tracks. I'm not a big fan of death/doom metal generally. Although I can appreciate the musicianship, the musical parameters are just too limited.

"Symphonaire" is an early EP by the band, which is evident when you listen to it. However, the title track does point to the variety of instrumentation and songwriting that makes the band's later discography so entertaining.

thwok | 3/5 |


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