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MY DYING BRIDE is a band that never stirs up much discussion in the progressive rock community. We often make the assumption that they are the average gothic/doom metal hybrid and nothing more. But if you were to listen to their music, you would here the beauty and details that make MY DYING BRIDE much more than that. Anyone dismissing this band that is even slightly into progressive metal is making a huge mistake.

The band formed in June, 1990 in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. They were formed after guitarist Andrew Craighan and drummer Rick Miah left their former band ABIOSIS to join vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe and guitarist Calvin Robertshaw. At this point MY DYING BRIDE was now formed.

They went into the studio for the first time on November 24/25 of 1990 to record their first demo "Towards the Sinister". The demo consisted of four original songs from the band, and showed their potential soon to come on their debut full-length album.

Shortly after the release of the demo, they released their first single/EP in 1991 titled "God Is Alone". It was only released as a 7" vinyl and was limited to a small 1,000 copies. The EP was released on a small independent French record label, Listenable Records. The release of the EP marked a huge step forward for the band, as they were soon approached by Peaceville Records. The band has recorded with Peaceville ever since.

The band marked their first release with Peaceville with their second EP, "Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium". It was released in 1992, and consisted of 3 songs. This was their first release with Adrian Jackson on bass, which left Andrew Craighan playing just guitar. At this point MY DYING BRIDE was now a 5-piece band.

The band kept the same lineup as the EP with the release of their 1992 debut full-length album "As The Flowers". The album gets positive reviews in general, but not nearly as favorable as the next albums to come from MY DYING BRIDE. They released their third EP "The Thrash of Naked Limbs" in early 1993 following their debut album. This EP marked another change in their line-up, as violin and keyboard player Martin Powell had become an official band member. He played on the band's previous works, but more so as a session musician than an official member.

MY DYING BRIDE became a common name in the metal community with the release of "Turn Loose The Swans", which released in October of 1993. This album sounded much different from their debu...
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MY DYING BRIDE discography


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MY DYING BRIDE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.58 | 41 ratings
As The Flower Withers
1992
3.94 | 63 ratings
Turn Loose The Swans
1993
3.89 | 55 ratings
The Angel And The Dark River
1995
2.95 | 30 ratings
Like Gods of the Sun
1996
3.03 | 31 ratings
34.788%...Complete
1998
3.94 | 37 ratings
The Light at the End of the World
1999
3.72 | 42 ratings
The Dreadful Hours
2001
4.18 | 55 ratings
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
2004
3.53 | 32 ratings
A Line of Deathless Kings
2006
3.64 | 31 ratings
For Lies I Sire
2009
3.45 | 30 ratings
Evinta
2011
3.32 | 25 ratings
A Map of All Our Failures
2012
3.61 | 15 ratings
Feel The Misery
2015

MY DYING BRIDE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.41 | 11 ratings
The Voice Of The Wretched
2002
3.07 | 5 ratings
An Ode To Woe
2008

MY DYING BRIDE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 1 ratings
For Darkest Eyes
1997

MY DYING BRIDE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 3 ratings
The Stories
1994
3.29 | 5 ratings
Trinity
1995
2.31 | 4 ratings
Meisterwerk I
2000
2.25 | 3 ratings
Meisterwerk II
2001
3.08 | 3 ratings
Anti-Diluvian Chronicles
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing My Dying Bride
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Vaulted Shadows
2014

MY DYING BRIDE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.20 | 6 ratings
Towards the Sinister
1990
2.26 | 4 ratings
God Is Alone
1991
2.87 | 13 ratings
Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium
1992
2.81 | 11 ratings
The Thrash of Naked Limbs
1993
2.13 | 7 ratings
I Am the Bloody Earth
1994
2.17 | 8 ratings
The Sexuality of Bereavement
1994
2.65 | 6 ratings
Deeper Down
2006
3.31 | 4 ratings
Bring Me Victory
2009
3.24 | 12 ratings
The Barghest O' Whitby
2011
3.91 | 6 ratings
The Manuscript
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Hollow Cathedra
2015

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4.00 | 2 ratings

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Hollow Cathedra
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Hollow Cathedra" is a single release by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The single is a one-sided flexi-disc, which came with the October 2015 issue of Decibel Magazine (#132). The "Hollow Cathedra" track was recording during the sessions for the bandīs 13th full-length studio album "Feel the Misery" (released in September 2015), but didnīt make the cut for the album tracklist.

Listening to the track itīs pretty obvious itīs not for lack of quality that My Dying Bride opted not to include "Hollow Cathedra" on "Feel the Misery (2015)", because itīs every bit as great as the material featured on the album. Dark, heavy, and drenched in melancholy as always when dealing with My Dying Bride. There are no growling vocals on the track, and it features dominant use of harmony guitars and some violin too. Itīs generally a very atmospheric track.

The value of a one-sided flexi-disc single is a bit hard to judge, but only taking the music into account, I think "Hollow Cathedra" is another high quality doom metal release by My Dying Bride, and while itīs not a release you canīt live without, itīs definitely worth seeking out if you enjoy "Feel the Misery (2015)" and would like to hear more from those sessions. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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3.61 | 15 ratings

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Feel The Misery
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Feel the Misery" is the 13th full-length studio album by UK doomh metal act My Dying Bride. The album was released through Peaceville Records in September 2015. It's been three years since the release of "A Map of All our Failures (2012)", but My Dying Bride has not laid low in that time. As ususal they have kept busy touring, but they also released "The Manuscript" EP in 2013, and "The Vaulted Shadows" compilation in 2014. The latter is a compilation of "The Barghest O' Whitby (2011)" EP and "The Manuscript (2013)" EP.

My Dying Bride has shifted between four different drummers in the last 10 years, and while some of them have returned for session or live work with the group, few of them have lasted long as permanent members of the band. Dan "Storm" Mullins, who was a permanent member of My Dying Bride from 2007-2012, plays the drums on "Feel the Misery" as a session musician. There's been one change in the permanent lineup since "The Manuscript (2013)", which was the band's last studio recording before "Feel the Misery", as guitarist Hamish Hamilton Glencross has been replaced by a returning Calvin Robertshaw. Losing a capacity like Glencross who had been part of the lineup for 14 years, must have been a real blow, so it was probably a great relief that original member Robertshaw opted to return to the fold.

It's always been guitarist Andrew Craighan and lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe, who have led the group and who are primarily responsible for the songwriting, so despite quite a few lineup changes over the years (and again this time around), My Dying Bride has been remarkably consistent in both quality and style during their now long career. Sure there are some releases that aren't on par with their best output, but even those are also of a high quality. So the music style on "Feel the Misery" is no surprise. Slow, heavy, and melancholic doom metal with Aaron Stainthorpe's paatos filled clean vocals and occasional growling vocals in front (there are actually a fair amount of growling sections on this particular release). The use of keyboards and occasional violin is also a trademark of the band's sound that is present on "Feel the Misery". Guitar harmonies and darkly poetic lyrics paint the right gloomy gothic picture.

So as always with a new My Dying Bride release it's the quality of the songwriting and the sound production which define it's rank in the band's discography. And the songwriting is generally really strong on "Feel the Misery". Each track is distinct sounding and memorable after only a few listens, which is not always the case on the band's releases. Of course that shouldn't be misunderstood as if the music is simple or instantly catchy, because My Dying Bride as always challenge their listeners with non-linear song structures, and unconventional use of bridges and sections, which at times means that the music touches progressive territory. The album opens with the quite brilliant "And My Father Left Forever" and never lets go until the album closes with "Within a Sleeping Forest". "A Thorn of Wisdom" and "I Almost Loved You" are slightly different sounding tracks, as they are a bit more mellow and piano led, but the different nature of those tracks provide the album with nice variation.

The sound production is overall well sounding, although the drums are placed a bit low in the mix, and they feature a somewhat powerless and clicky sound. There is no doubt a more organic drum sound would have suited the music better. The fact that session drummer Dan "Storm" Mullins puts in what I would characterize as a bit of a half assed job (which is quite disappointing given his previous great performances with the band), isn't exactly a positive either. And don't get me wrong here...he gets the job done, but the drumming is very simple, and generally sounds uninspired. Other than the drumming, which I think is sub par to what we're used to from My Dying Bride, the musicianship is as usual on a very high level, and taking everything into account, "Feel the Misery" is another brilliant release by My Dying Bride despite a few issues. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

 Feel The Misery by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.61 | 15 ratings

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Feel The Misery
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Hearse Ryder

4 stars Bring out the bottles and obsess over sad memories because My Dying Bride has returned with their thirteenth album, Feel the Misery. For 25 years, they have been the measuring stick in depressive doom metal, releasing one great album after another and influencing countless bands in both death/doom and gothic/doom genres along the way. And this new album continues this legacy and cements My Dying Bride's position at the top of their craft.

This album marks a change in the lineup with the departure of long time guitarist Hamish Hamilton Glencross. But that also allows Calvin Robertshaw to return who performed in all of their classic albums in the 90s. However this change in lineup hasn't made a big difference in the sound of My Dying Bride. The album consists of trademark My Dying Bride riffs that mixes slow death metal riffs with massive doom metal riffs. The death metal riffs chug along most of the time and provide the album with enough aggression. They never get boring or feel stuck, the riffs feel destructive and move fluidly with a purpose throughout the songs. They also never get too repetitive as new riffs are introduced in almost every new verse. Bigger, doomier riffs are also used which are most notable in Within a Sleeping Forest. The riffs are often accompanied with some mournful guitar leads. The bass is not always distinguishable but when there are some independent basslines, they are typically sorrowful like in A Thorn of Wisdom.

All songs here are long but the album still can be divided into two parts. One consisting the longer songs that exceed the nine minutes mark and the other consisting relatively shorter songs that only exceed five or six minutes mark. As the songs progress, violins and keyboards are introduced within them. However they are used more prominently in the relatively shorter songs than the longer ones. Both violins and keyboards are very melancholic and they mostly used for atmospheric purpose. But they can also take central stage like in I Almost Loved You which is a neoclassical piece in the vein of Sear Me MCMXCIII and For My Fallen Angel. While the drums are not present in that song, they are in others and the drumming in the album is solid and dynamic. Sometimes the drums plod along but change pace before it can get monotonous. They enable the flow of the songs very effectively.

Aaron Stainthorpe growls, sings, recites and whispers over all these instruments throughout the album and his vocals are as good as ever. His crooning clean vocals are absolutely mournful and they will definitely make you feel the misery. His growls are also wretchedly hateful. He does not growl fast like in older albums but even with slow pace he can get the job done in style. You can really feel the emotion in his voice. He is not just blurting out the words, he means them. The lyrics are also very depressive as expected. Along with the pensive gothic imagery, there's also enough nihilism which will appeal to your inner misanthrope.

My Dying Bride has done it again. With Feel the Misery they have released yet another miserable opus that will satisfy their loyal fan base and also anyone who likes their doom metal depressive. When the scene is plagued with this so called new wave of retro hipster doom where 70's psychedelic rock rip off wanna be bands get passed as doom metal, My Dying Bride keeps bringing the much needed fix of misery that all misery junkies desire. While listening to this album you will have no choice but to feel the misery and be doomed.

Best Tracks: #2. To Shiver in Empty Halls, #6. I Celebrate Your Skin.

 Feel The Misery by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.61 | 15 ratings

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Feel The Misery
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars UK band MY DYING BRIDE is a veteran band in the world of metal, with a 25 year long history as a band at this point and with 13 studio albums to their name at the time of writing. "Feel the Misery" is their most recent studio effort, and was released through UK label Peaceville Records in the fall of 2015.

While My Dying Bride is a name I've often encountered over the years, I don't think I've ever heard their music until I was handed this album for review, and as an old time metal fan I was curious about what to expect from this band. I did know they had a reputation as a doom metal band though, and that aspect is a dominant trait throughout this album. As such this isn't a band that pulls out any big surprises in the style department. On general terms, this is music of a kind and nature as expected.

The opening three compositions, all of them among the longest on this album, are the highlights here in my opinion. On each of them we're treated to an accomplished band that manage to alternate the proceedings quite nicely, with slower doom-laden passages alternating with pacier interludes quite nicely, keyboards and violin used to complement and supplement the guitar-dominated arrangements quite nicely, and with an effective use of clean vocals and a grittier, growl-oriented vocal delivery that fits the proceedings quite nicely. Fairly sophisticated stuff at times, of the kind that makes a description such as progressive doom metal tempting to sum up the material.

But following this intriguing opening run, the material lessens in interest for me. The arguably classical inspired piano and keyboards driven affairs A Thorn of Wisdom and I Almost Loved you gets to be too monotone for my taste in music, and the lack of contrasting features, alternating sequences with marked differences and the stronger focus on the sorrow-filled vocals all combine to make tracks like Feel the Misery in part and I Celebrate Your Skin in particular to come across as more bland to my ears. Rich in sorrow-filled moods and atmospheres though, so for those with a particular interest in melancholy with distinctly tragic under- and overtones those tracks should appeal rather strongly though I suspect.

Concluding epic Within a Sleeping Forest also starts out in a similar monotone manner, and while organ and violin alternates in the initial phases and we're treated to the clean and growl-oriented vocals alternation as well, the over all themes explored are too much of the same, and with a too heavy emphasis on the tragic serenade aspect of the band to my ears. A rougher section introduced halfways and repeated towards the end, with more of a menacing sheen to it in a Triptykon kind of way, becomes the saving grace here though for the total experience of this particular creation, as this latter aspect of the composition is so well made and performed that it manages to elevate the total experience, at least for me.

At the end of the day my first encounter with My Dying Bride comes across as a mixed experience. I like and at times adore the band when they opt to explore territories of a more complex and sophisticated nature, relatively speaking, but when they focus overly much on either a particular mood or a more narrowly oriented style spectrum the end result fails to capture my imagination as well as fascination. While this production is a mixed experience for me, I'd suggest that those with a keen fascination for doom-laden, sorrow-filled moods and atmospheres should seek out this album, and perhaps especially those who recognize themselves in that description that are in their teens or early twenties.

 The Vaulted Shadows by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.00 | 3 ratings

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The Vaulted Shadows
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The Vaulted Shadows" is a compilation album by UK doom/death metal act My Dying Bride. The compilation was released through Peaceville Records in May 2014. "The Vaulted Shadows" features the material from the two EPs "The Barghest O' Whitby (2011)" and "The Manuscript (2013)". All 5 tracks on the 54:25 minutes long compilation are original tracks only featured on the EPs and on "The Vaulted Shadows". So no previously released album tracks, demo/single material, live tracks, or other types of usual EP material.

"The Barghest O' Whitby (2011)" EP only features one single eponymously titled track, but at 27:04 minutes in length itīs the longest track recorded by My Dying Bride up until 2011. Itīs a track which features almost all of the bandīs trademark elements like über melancholic violin parts, atmospheric keyboards, crushingly heavy guitar riffing (as well as great harmony work), heavy yet rhythmically intriguing drumming, and of course the growling and clean vocals by lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe. Itīs quite an intriguing track but unfortunately also a bit fragmented and at times a bit too repetitive. The fact that the track is divided into two parts to fit the vinyl format, isnīt exactly good for the flow of the track either. When that is said, itīs a track which wins upon repeated listens, and overall itīs a great quality track by My Dying Bride.

"The Manuscript (2013)" features 4 tracks and except for "Vår gud över er" all tracks were recorded during the sessions for "A Map of All our Failures (2012)", but left off the album release. "Vår gud över er" is a harsher and more death metal oriented epic track, than the other three tracks which are more melancholic, doomy, and beautiful in nature. The violin is used extensively on the title track and on "A Pale Shroud of Longing". Although three of the tracks are outtakes from the "A Map of All our Failures (2012)" sessions, the quality of the material featured on "The Manuscript (2013)" is very high throughout.

Upon conclusion "The Vaulted Shadows" is what I would characterize as a "must have" for fans of the band (if they donīt already own the EPs), and more casual listeners could well start here too. A great representation of the different aspects of the bandīs sound. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 The Manuscript by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.91 | 6 ratings

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The Manuscript
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by thwok

4 stars The Manuscript is definitely one of My Dying Bride's finest singles/EPs, perhaps one of the finest releases in their whole discography. Incidentally, what is the distinction between a single and an EP? Is it a matter of length? An interesting question for the purposes of our website, I think. The Manuscript is a big advancement over MDB's earlier EPs. The early releases tend to be more straightforward doom/death metal. That is not inherently a bad thing, but it makes earlier releases like Deeper Down less interesting for the followers of Prog Archives. Musical progressiveness means creating something that's different, innovative, not done before. What makes My Dying Bride interesting is what they add to the doom/death metal formula. I very much prefer the MDB releases that include violin. In the case of The Manuscript, it's played beautifully by keyboardist Shaun MacGowan. Since The Manuscript only has four songs, I won't pick favorites. As an MDB fanatic, I like anything they do. My only minor complaint is that "Var gud over er", although it's more death metal, sounds a lot like the next track "A Pale Shroud of Longing". I would change the order of the songs. Otherwise, The Manuscript would be an excellent pick for anyone with an interest in the band. Unreservedly a 4 star CD.
 A Map of All Our Failures by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.32 | 25 ratings

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A Map of All Our Failures
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by thwok

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 the way that Aaron's singing has developed over time. His bass/baritone has become more expressive and interesting over time. He has also pretty much done away with the growling. There is a bit of the death metal growling on "The Poorest Waltz", but I don't miss it. I think his lyrics have improved. They used to be mostly a group of violent descriptions of doom and suffering. Now there's more structure. One of my favorite tracks is "Hail Odysseus", which is clearly based on The Odyssey.

The only thing I could think of to complain about is the length of the songs. Eight songs grouped together for a little over an hour's worth of music is a bit much. However, the tempo changes in each song make them more interesting. I wouldn't put MDB's CDs on the greatest albums list, but A Map of All Our Failures is fully worthy of 3 1/2 stars.

 Bring Me Victory by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
3.31 | 4 ratings

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Bring Me Victory
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by thwok

4 stars It took me a while to come up with a final rating for this EP, which is a little strange considering it's less than a half hour's worth of music. I was wavering between its value to big MDB fans (of which I would consider myself one), and the uninitiated. I settled on a 4 star rating for "Bring Me Victory".

I'll start with the video for Bring Me Victory. It's definitely a better-than-average rock video, with creative camera work and visual effects. The song is also representative IMO of the band, so this would be be a good video for folks who find unfamiliar bands through watching videos. As for the songs on "Bring Me Victory", I would pick the two covers as the best. I don't know the Swans original version of Failure, but I like MDB's version a lot. As for Scarborough Fair, this is an excellent take on the familiar song, wonderfully different from the version known to millions of people. "Bring Me Victory" also contains a good live version of Vast Choirs, which appears in different versions on several of MDB's releases.

My main criticism of this EP is relevant to My Dying Bride's regular fans. If you collect the band's CD's, you probably own most of this material already. However, there is a good amount of variety on "Bring Me Victory". That's what earns "Bring Me Victory" four stars, especially for those new to My Dying Bride.

 The Manuscript by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.91 | 6 ratings

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The Manuscript
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The Manuscript" is an EP release by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The EP was released through Peaceville Records in May 2013 on both CD and vinyl. My Dying Bride have a long tradition of releasing EPs and singles between their full-length album releases. Often with material exclusive to those releases. "Symphonaire infernus et spera empyrium (1991)" and "The Thrash of Naked Limbs (1993)" are probably the two most famous ones, but the 27 minutes long single track EP "The Barghest O' Whitby (2011)" is also quite unique.

"The Manuscript" features 4 tracks which are exclusive to this release. All tracks except for "Vår gud över er" were written and recorded during the sessions for "A Map of All our Failures (2012)".

The music on the 27:21 minutes long EP is unmistakably the sound of My Dying Bride, so itīs not an experimental release or a release that sounds vastly different from what you usually expect to hear from them. Doomy riffs and harmonies, heavy beats, sorrowfilled violin playing, dark gothic atmospheres and Aaron Stainthorpeīs paatos filled clean vocals and occasional brutal growls are all there and accounted for. "Vår gud över er" is a harsher and more death metal oriented epic track, than the other three tracks which are more melancholic, doomy and beautiful in nature. The violin is used extensively on the title track and on "A Pale Shroud of Longing".

The consistently high quality level of their material is incredible and that also applies to "The Manuscript". It must have been really hard to pick which tracks should go on "A Map of All our Failures (2012)" and which should be omitted, but I guess thatīs a luxury both the band and their fans are fairly content with. "The Manuscript" is what I would characterize as a "must have" release for fans of the band. Not because it sounds radically different from what My Dying Bride usually treats us to, but because of the above mentioned high quality level of the music. Personally I think the four tracks on "The Manuscript" even beat most of the material on "A Map of All our Failures (2012)", and thatīs pretty crazy considering the fact that three of the tracks on the EP are outtakes from said album. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 The Barghest O' Whitby by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.24 | 12 ratings

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The Barghest O' Whitby
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "The Barghest O' Whitby" is an EP release by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The EP was released through Peaceville Records in November 2011. "The Barghest O' Whitby" consists of just a single 27:04 minutes long track. Itīs the first My Dying Bride release to feature new keyboard player/violinist Shaun Macgowan. The EP also sees a session performance by former My Dying Bride drummer Shaun "Winter" Taylor Steels.

Itīs not that My Dying Bride arenīt known for writing long tracks, but "The Barghest O' Whitby" is the longest track yet released by the band. Itīs an interesting track as it features almost all of the bandīs trademark elements in the same song. Über melancholic violin parts, atmospheric keyboards, crushingly heavy guitar riffing (as well as great harmony work), heavy yet rythmically intriguing drumming and of course the growling and clean vocals by lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe. Unfortunately itīs also a track thatīs a bit fragmented and repetitive and it doesnīt always flow as well as it could have (sometimes Iīm reminded a bit of the bandīs debut album "As the Flower Withers (1992)" in that respect). The fact that the track is divided into two parts to fit the vinyl format, isnīt exactly good for the flow of the track either. Itīs a track that wins upon repeated listens, but I think it drags a bit after the first 15:38 minutes (or on side 2 of the vinyl version). The last 11:28 minutes are definitely not as interesting as the first part of the track.

...so Iīm a bit reluctant to call "The Barghest O' Whitby" an excellent release. Itīs well played and well produced (I enjoy the rather raw quality of the sound), but the songwriting is slightly lacking. Still a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. I guess that says something about the generally high quality of the bandīs output. Even when they release something that isnīt up to their highest standards, itīs still a great listen.

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