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My Dying Bride

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3.24 | 37 ratings | 4 reviews | 14% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Kneel Till Doomsday (7:52)
2. The Poorest Waltz (5:08)
3. A Tapestry Scorned (8:00)
4. Like a Perpetual Funeral (8:32)
5. A Map of All Our Failures (7:52)
6. Hail Odysseus (8:54)
7. Within the Presence of Absence (8:50)
8. Abandoned as Christ (8:36)

Total Time 63:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Aaron Stainthorpe / vocals
- Andrew Craighan / guitar
- Hamish Glencross / guitar
- Shaun MacGowan / violin, keyboards
- Lena Abé / bass

- Shaun Taylor-Steels / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Rhett Podersoo

CD Peaceville - CDVILEF 407 (2012, UK)

2LP Peaceville ‎- VILELP407 (2012, UK)

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MY DYING BRIDE A Map of All Our Failures ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
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Review by UMUR
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3 stars "A Map of All our Failures" is the 12th full-length studio album by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The album was released through Peaceville Records in October 2012. Since the release of their last "regular" doom metal full-length studio album "For Lies I Sire (2009)", the band have busied themselved with the experimental "Evinta (2011)" album and the 27 minute one track "The Barghest O' Whitby (2011)" EP, so itīs safe to say that My Dying Bride have been as busy as ever.

With "A Map of All our Failures" they prove that they are as consistent as ever too. The music on the album is not surprisingly melancholic doom metal featuring crushingly heavy riffs, hauntingly beautiful leads/harmony work, the occasional violin part, atmospheric keyboards and a gloomy gothic atmosphere boosted by the paatos filled clean vocals/lyrics by lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe, who also occasionally growl. As such there are nothing out of the ordinary on "A Map of All our Failures", but only after a few listens it becomes apparent that My Dying Bride have done it again. Produced another high quality doom/death metal release that sets the standard for others to follow.

Standout tracks to my ears are "Kneel Till Doomsday", "Like a Perpetual Funeral" and "Abandoned as Christ", but the quality is consistent throughout. The sound production is a little bit less exciting than on the last couple of albums and overall Iīd place "A Map of All our Failures" along side "Like Gods of the Sun (1996)" and "The Dreadful Hours (2001)", which in my world are some of the least interesting albums by My Dying Bride. As mentioned above that certainly doesnīt mean that "A Map of All our Failures" is a bad album by any means. In fact itīs a great album, but compared to their best material itīs slightly sub par. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is still very much deserved though.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Bit of a ballsy move to invite critical low blows with such an album title, isn't it? This is especially the case when, for the first time, it feels like My Dying Bride haven't moved forward on a release. As much as I (and others) personally didn't care for 34.788%... Complete, and as mixed a reception as Evinta received, at least both those releases constitute My Dying Bride trying something different, and there's always been a sense on their releases that they've been updating their sound one way or another between them.

Here, though, they seem to have stalled in the style of one of the more generic doom metal moments on For Lies I Sire, and don't really seem to have much of a map out. Luckily, it's still pretty good doom metal and worth a spin if you're a fan, but we've come to expect better from them over the years.

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3 stars The strongest release since 2006's "A line of deathless kings" marking increased death/doom influences and hardening their sound. "Kneel till doomsday" has a pretty heavy black and death metal kick with not only standard growling but actually spitting. Other songs belong to the most miserable so ... (read more)

Report this review (#2287860) | Posted by sgtpepper | Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A Map of All Our Failures is one of MDB"s better efforts IMHO. If you're an MDB fan, which I am without a doubt, everything they've done is at least worth a listen. I particularly like what Aaron Stainthorpe is doing lately, so A Map of All Our Failures is a 3 - 4 star album for me. I like ... (read more)

Report this review (#1185040) | Posted by thwok | Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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