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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)

3.60 | 47 ratings
As The Flower Withers
1992
4.05 | 68 ratings
Turn Loose The Swans
1993
3.87 | 62 ratings
The Angel And The Dark River
1995
3.18 | 35 ratings
Like Gods of the Sun
1996
2.84 | 35 ratings
34.788%...Complete
1998
3.94 | 42 ratings
The Light at the End of the World
1999
3.89 | 46 ratings
The Dreadful Hours
2001
4.12 | 62 ratings
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
2004
3.64 | 36 ratings
A Line of Deathless Kings
2006
3.71 | 34 ratings
For Lies I Sire
2009
3.44 | 33 ratings
Evinta
2011
3.26 | 30 ratings
A Map of All Our Failures
2012
3.73 | 22 ratings
Feel The Misery
2015

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

3.43 | 14 ratings
The Voice Of The Wretched
2002
3.19 | 7 ratings
An Ode To Woe
2008

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

4.00 | 3 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
3.38 | 7 ratings
Trinity
1995
2.40 | 6 ratings
Meisterwerk I
2000
2.50 | 5 ratings
Meisterwerk II
2001
3.15 | 4 ratings
Anti-Diluvian Chronicles
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing My Dying Bride
2013
4.04 | 4 ratings
The Vaulted Shadows
2014
3.09 | 3 ratings
Meisterwerk III
2016

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

2.14 | 7 ratings
Towards the Sinister
1990
2.26 | 4 ratings
God Is Alone
1991
3.12 | 14 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
2.69 | 8 ratings
Deeper Down
2006
3.35 | 6 ratings
Bring Me Victory
2009
3.27 | 14 ratings
The Barghest O' Whitby
2011
3.95 | 9 ratings
The Manuscript
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Hollow Cathedra
2015

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 Feel The Misery by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.73 | 22 ratings

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Feel The Misery
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Something of a return to form compared to A Map of All Our Failures, Feel the Misery boasts a title which could act as a manifesto for My Dying Bride's entire back catalogue when you think about it. With a reconfigured lineup perhaps refreshing the sound a little and Calvin Robertshaw returning to the lead guitar post, the band produce an album which gives each member a moment in the sun. Check out the instrumental section on A Thorn of Misery, which starts with bassist Lena Abé backed on spectral organ by Shaun Macgowan and building up a mountain of tension before the rest of the band come in and bring us to the peak.
 A Map of All Our Failures by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.26 | 30 ratings

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

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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.

 For Lies I Sire by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.71 | 34 ratings

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For Lies I Sire
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Katie Stone joins My Dying Bride as their new keyboardist, and also brings violin back into their sound for the first time in a good long while. (Would you believe it hadn't featured in their sound since Like Gods of the Sun?) This is well suited for what is, for the most part, one of the most gentle and intimate releases from the band.

"Gentle" isn't usually a term used in metal - especially not in doom metal - but it's apt here, with the band allowing more quiet and acoustic moments to work their way into their sound and keep proceedings varied. In fact, this album might see Aaron Stainthorpe's most diverse vocal performance yet.

Lest you think that they've lost their teeth, though, there's still some grim surprises to be found in here - in particular, A Chapter In Loathing represents My Dying Bride's deepest dive into the depths of black metal up to this point.

If I had one criticism of the album, is that it's sound is just a little *too* diffuse; each My Dying Bride before this one has its own particular sound, but this time it's not really clear what overall atmosphere they were going for. Still, with a collection of songs this good, that's a minor complaint.

 A Line of Deathless Kings by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.64 | 36 ratings

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A Line of Deathless Kings
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Is "Deathless" in the album title a clue? I ask because right after My Dying Bride had completed a triumphant return to death-doom on the previous three albums, they once again banished the death metal influences from their sound.

In fact, A Line of Deathless Kings represents perhaps their most purely doom metal offering up to that point - recall that earlier doom releases such as the run of albums from Turn Loose the Swans to Like Gods of the Sun included a significant influence from darkwave music. That's not so here - unlike, say, Turn Loose the Swans, which at points seemed poised to abandon metal entirely, this is a doom metal album through and through.

This stylistic shift seems to have yet again refreshed this chameleonic band, the gang once again avoiding the trap of continuing to push one particular style or another to the point of tedium. Out of all of the original "Peaceville Three", My Dying Bride has consistently remained within the wider sonic universe of doom metal, but has with equal consistency managed to constantly find new ways to revise and refresh their sound in that sphere. If you want a role model for how a band can constantly evolve and develop their sound without losing touch with their roots, My Dying Bride would be an excellent candidate.

 Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1992
3.12 | 14 ratings

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Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars My Dying Bride's first release for Peaceville is this EP, rerecording some material from their early demo and independent releases. God Is Alone and De Sade Soliloquay are probably the most traditional death metal songs that My Dying Bride ever put out through Peaceville, and are competent but not enormously interesting. The real treat here is Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium, an early expression of the band's death-doom style, with its extended running time and mournful violin contributions making it clear that this right here was no simple rehash of early Paradise Lost but an intriguing new take on death-doom in its own right. On balance, I'd say that this EP constitutes a four star title track backed up by some three star B-sides.
 Meisterwerk III by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Meisterwerk III
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Meisterwerk III" is a trible disc compilation release by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The compilation was released through Peaceville Records in October 2016. As the title suggests "Meisterwerk III" is the third compilation in a series of compilations where "Meisterwerk I" from 2000 and "Meisterwerk II" from 2001 were the first two. "Meisterwerk III" comprise both the material from the two preceding compilations in the series and a third disc with freshly compiled material.

The material from "Meisterwerk I (2000)" and "Meisterwerk II (2001)" are tracks from the early part of the bandīs career. Some of them in demo versions or slightly altered versions compared to the regular studio versions of the same songs, and there are a couple of rarities thrown in too. The third disc on "Meisterwerk III" features later period material, which includes tracks like "Feel the Misery", "The Manuscript", and "Bring Me Victory". So itīs a compilation with a combination of regular album studio tracks and some rarities. The tracklist is as such interesting enough, but at this point in the bandīs career, itīs almost impossible to cover all releases in the bandīs discography and thereby gain a good understanding of their recording history.

Personally I would have prefered either a purely "best of" compilation or a "rarities/B-side" only compilation, instead of this mixture, which to my ears ends up being a bit redundant. Newcomers wonīt be interested in demo versions and rarities tracks, and the hardcore fans wonīt be interested in listening to studio tracks, because they already own the albums. Therefore a 3 star (60%) rating isnīt all wrong. Thereīs nothing wrong with the quality of the material, but the idea behind the compilation is lost on me.

 Songs of Darkness, Words of Light by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.12 | 62 ratings

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Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After the masterpiece of The Dreadful Hours, My Dying Bride consolidate on the foundations laid there and treat us to Songs of Darkness, Words of Light. It's still very much in the death-doom ballpark, but the streak of viciousness revealed by the light black metal influences on the previous album is still there, entwined in a complex emotional ballet with a reinvigorated gothic dimension to their music. Whilst I do not think it is quite the masterpiece that its predecessor was, it is nonetheless an interestingly intricate album which does a great job of building on the precedent set and makes a fine companion piece to it.
 The Dreadful Hours by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.89 | 46 ratings

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The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars At a time when the other bands forming the so-called "Peaceville Three" of death-doom - Paradise Lost and Anathema - had plotted a course taking them firmly away from those roots, My Dying Bride had returned to their death-doom origins in The Light At the End of the World, an album greatly enriched by their musical wanderings through other genres.

On The Dreadful Hours, they magnificently build and improve on that foundation by producing their most terrifying album yet. There's still a heavy dose of doom metal melancholy in the mix, but the death metal side of their sound is more vicious than ever, and here and there - a shriek in the vocals, a blast of the drums - there's a mild sprinkling of black metal influences that enriches their sound and adds another dimension to it.

Some bands hit their peak early on, and then must spend the rest of their careers either resisting entropy or (as is sadly more common) declining into irrelevance as they run out of ideas. My Dying Bride, conversely, seem to have only gotten better and better over the first decade or so of their existence (with a few missteps being eminently forgivable as being a necessary part of their journey of experimentation), and here they have produced a true masterpiece.

 The Light at the End of the World by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.94 | 42 ratings

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The Light at the End of the World
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After a long period of sonic exploration beginning with the blending of death-doom and darkwave on Turn Loose the Swans, passing through the gothic-doom metal phase of The Angel and the Dark River and Like Gods of the Sun, and culminating in the experimental miscellanea of 34.788%...Complete, My Dying Bride's next move was to go straight back to death-doom on The Light At the End of the World, with both growled vocals and moments of faster playing bringing the death metal back into their formula.

And yet at the same time, this isn't As the Flower Withers Part 2. My Dying Bride have clearly learned the lessons of their sonic evolution, and the result of this is a death-doom release which the incarnation of the band who produced their early material could have never realised. It took that period of exploration to hone their craft and pick up the ideas which come together to make The Light At the End of the World such a well-crafted piece, and in fact I actually think it beats out everything that came before it. The patience of both My Dying Bride and their fanbase is amply rewarded here, and the pessimists are proved wrong: it turns out the light at the end of the world wasn't an oncoming train after all.

 34.788%...Complete by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.84 | 35 ratings

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34.788%...Complete
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Ew, guys, no, come on. 34.788%...Complete finds My Dying Bride radically experimenting with their sound, and whilst I can respect them for not simply settling into the mode established by The Angel and the Dark River and Like Gods of the Sun, it seems to me like they would have been better off saving these rough experiments for demos and practice sessions, and wait until their experiments had come up with some really solid results before recording an album.

The basic problem of the release is that it's trying to combine a more accessible and commercial sound with a deeply inaccessible compositional approach, with the band pivoting towards gothy-industrial rock in a sort of Marilyn Manson or Stabbing Westward vein in terms of their musical style but still basing their approach around long compositions. Unfortunately, unlike their superior doom and death-doom releases of the past, that length doesn't quite work this time around - more or less all the compositions end up somewhat flabby and could do with being extensively trimmed back. The overall impression is that the band really didn't seem to have much of a firm plan for this one and ended up meandering in all sorts of different directions which don't come together to form a pleasing whole.

Thanks to J-Man for the artist addition.

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