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I AM THE BLOODY EARTH

My Dying Bride

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UMUR
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2 stars I Am the Bloody Earth is an EP release by UK experimental doom/ death metal act My Dying Bride. There are 3 tracks on the EP which has a total playing time of 26:26 minutes. I remember when I found I Am the Bloody Earth in one of my favorite metal stores back in the day ( that was before the internet stores ruined the economy of physical special music stores). Being blown away by the full-length studio album Turn Loose the Swans (1993) that preceeded the EP, I was naturally very interested in purchasing I Am the Bloody Earth.

The EP starts with the title track which sounds like an outtake from Turn Loose the Swans. Without knowing this for sure I´m actually pretty certain that it is. The track features guest vocals by Ghost of GGFH. GGFH toured in support to My Dying Bride on the tour for Turn Loose the Swans. I Am the Bloody Earth is an experimental doom/ death metal track with growling vocals by Aaron Stainthorpe and an interesting dissonant violin in one of the sections in the song. I think it´s obvious why the track was left off Turn Loose the Swans. Not that it´s bad but it´s not on par with the material on the album IMO. Transcending (Into the Exquisite) is a remix by Stevie Dachau which contains elements of various tracks from Turn Loose the Swans. It´s pretty interesting to begin with but outstays it´s welcome by several minutes. A bit too repetitive for my taste. The third track Crown of Sympathy (Remix) is as the name suggests a remix of Crown of Sympathy from Turn Loose the Swans. To my ears it sounds like someone just put the drum track through a chorus effect and not much else. It´s quite the disappointment really.

I remember being disappointed by I Am the Bloody Earth when I purchased it in 1994, and listening to the EP again after all these years doesn´t change that impression. The title track is allright, but neither of the two other tracks are very worthwhile if you ask me. Especially the remix of Crown of Sympathy sounds close to the original but without the punch. I´m not sure why you would release a remix that is so close in sound to the original just with a much weaker mix. So as it´s only the title track which is really worth listening to IMO I will give a 2 star rating.

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Send comments to UMUR (BETA) | Report this review (#269532)
Posted Thursday, March 04, 2010 | Review Permalink
2 stars Another EP included on the Trinity sampler. A sampler highly recommended for those interested in their earlier stuff, including that superb Symphonaire song.

I Am the Bloody Earth is actually a pretty depressive EP. Both because of the title track, which is a classic funeral doom song and because of the pretty lame two other songs.

The title track I Am the Bloody Earth is a good funeral doom piece which was not included on any album. I can understand why. It is not up to the high standard the album displayed. But it is still a decent song. The piece here called Transcending (Into the Exquisite) is a lame, very lame remix of some songs made into a medley. Terrible. The final song, a remix of Crown of Sympathy is not that great too. I prefer the original.

I am close to give one star, but a very weak 2 stars would suffice here. But this EP is a pile of mole dung, truth to be told.

2 stars (barely)

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Posted Saturday, July 02, 2011 | Review Permalink
Eetu Pellonpää
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2 stars The title track of this CD EP continues the stylistic line of "Turn Loose The Swans" album, merging softer strings to the melodies of brutal metal songs. But somehow this compositions does not however appear very interesting, unlike the glorious studio album recorded earlier year. The second song "Transcending (Into the Exquisite)" floats to the territories of industrial metal with sampled high-pitched rhythm elements and revisitations to the verses from previous long-player. I admit this is interesting move towards new ways of musical expression, but as a listener I do not enjoy this new direction. Also the remix of "Crown of Sympathy" feels totally pointless to me, so this EP did not manage to satisfy me in spite of the promising album covers and fine full CD's produced during the surrounding years.

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