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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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  • Sweden Rock Festival 2015 on 3 Jun 2015
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  • Wacken Open Air 2015 on 30 Jul 2015
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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)

3.59 | 37 ratings
As The Flower Withers
1992
3.93 | 57 ratings
Turn Loose The Swans
1993
3.88 | 53 ratings
The Angel And The Dark River
1995
2.93 | 27 ratings
Like Gods of the Sun
1996
2.96 | 28 ratings
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1998
3.96 | 32 ratings
The Light at the End of the World
1999
3.72 | 39 ratings
The Dreadful Hours
2001
4.18 | 52 ratings
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
2004
3.54 | 29 ratings
A Line of Deathless Kings
2006
3.66 | 29 ratings
For Lies I Sire
2009
3.49 | 25 ratings
Evinta
2011
3.51 | 21 ratings
A Map of All Our Failures
2012

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

3.37 | 10 ratings
The Voice Of The Wretched
2002
3.00 | 3 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)

4.50 | 2 ratings
The Stories
1994
3.15 | 4 ratings
Trinity
1995
2.05 | 3 ratings
Meisterwerk I
2000
2.00 | 2 ratings
Meisterwerk II
2001
2.95 | 2 ratings
Anti-Diluvian Chronicles
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing My Dying Bride
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Vaulted Shadows
2014

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

2.16 | 5 ratings
Towards the Sinister
1990
2.18 | 3 ratings
God Is Alone
1991
2.84 | 12 ratings
Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium
1992
2.79 | 9 ratings
The Thrash of Naked Limbs
1993
2.11 | 6 ratings
I Am the Bloody Earth
1994
2.14 | 7 ratings
The Sexuality of Bereavement
1994
2.61 | 5 ratings
Deeper Down
2006
3.29 | 3 ratings
Bring Me Victory
2009
3.20 | 8 ratings
The Barghest O' Whitby
2011
3.94 | 4 ratings
The Manuscript
2013

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 The Vaulted Shadows by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.00 | 2 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.

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 The Manuscript by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.94 | 4 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.

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 A Map of All Our Failures by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.51 | 21 ratings

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Review by thwok

4 stars A Map of All Our Failures is one of MDB"s best 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 four 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 4 stars.

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 Bring Me Victory by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
3.29 | 3 ratings

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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.

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3.94 | 4 ratings

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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.

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 The Barghest O' Whitby by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.20 | 8 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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 Evinta by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.49 | 25 ratings

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Evinta
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Evinta" is the 11th full-length studio album by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The album was released through Peaceville Records in May 2011. The regular version of the album is a 2 disc release, but a deluxe 3 disc version is also available, featuring a third disc of recordings and a 64 page 12" hard-back book.

"Evinta" is a bit of an experiement for the band as the album is lacking any form of metal elements. Instead itīs ambient keyboard/piano driven music overlayed by viola and cello. There are sparse vocals on the album in form of opera type soprano vocals by Lucie Roche and at times spoken word type vocals by lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe (who is actually the only member of My Dying Bride who is actively participating on the album). The tracks are made up of themes and ideas from previous releases by the band, but thatīs not necessarily obvious when you listen to the music. Itīs actually only a couple of times where some of the most known themes from the bandīs back catalogue appear, that I recognise where elements of the music come from. The tracks on "Evinta" are by no means ambient/chamber classical cover versions of whole My Dying Bride tracks. The atmosphere is dark and melancholic so in that respect all is as usual when talking about My Dying Bride.

The tracks are generally very long and atmospheric, but maybe also a bit too long. That goes for the whole album too. Itīs very long and as there isnīt that much variation between tracks, "Evinta" quickly becomes an album where my attention wanders. Itīs nice as background music but my patience is seriously challenged when sitting down listening to the full album. And Iīm talking about the 2 disc version. I can only imagine how hard it would be to keep focus on the music all the way through the 3 disc deluxe version. Thereīs nothing on the album thatīs particularly bad though. Itīs just a style of music that requires a lot of patience and probably the right mood too.

...as an experiment I think "Evinta" is relatively successful. Itīs always interesting when a band temporarily break out of their usual style to pursue something different. As an enjoyable listening experience Iīll be completely honest and say that "Evinta" isnīt an album Iīll put on very often. Still a 3 star (60%) rating isnīt wrong. I recommend that even the most hardcore fans of My Dying Bride should listen to samples before a purchase though.

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 Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1992
2.84 | 12 ratings

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

Review by thwok

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.

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 The Voice Of The Wretched by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Live, 2002
3.37 | 10 ratings

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The Voice Of The Wretched
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kev rowland
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3 stars 'Voice Of The Wretched' shows the band live at the 013 in Tilburg on 4th March 2001 and while it doesn't manage to totally convey all of the emotion that is present in the studio album it proves that the band are much more than just a heads down and riff act. Yes there are plenty of guitars at massive volume, with death metal vocals aplenty (listen to the powering "She Is The Dark"), but there is also a considerable amount of space in their music. This gives the brutality an even harsher edge that is missing from many other bands that try to match this level of darkness. It is not quite there is the sound front but as an overview of the band's history it shows why they have such a faithful following.

Originally appeared in Feedback #70, Oct 02

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 The Dreadful Hours by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.72 | 39 ratings

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The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars My Dying Bride is a rare breed, a band that can bring aggression and harshness to reside in a world that is also full of beauty and emotion. It is music that aches and yearns, looking for solace that it is never going to achieve, while at the same time stamping it's authority on the world beneath it. Such is the power of 'The Dreadful Hours', which has the nerve and temerity to open with the title cut which is in excess of nine minutes long. It finishes and begins, reflective, and almost apologetic for the nature of some of the music that has gone on in the middle. No sense of restraint in "The Raven and The Rose" where the band show that they can riff and bring in Hammer House of Horror keyboards and death vocals to match anyone. Vocalist Aaron can sing meek and mild, or he can rip his throat out as the occasion rises, and the band is more than ready to change the pace and the attack.

This is quite some album, and the keyboards such an integral part of the sound that it is strange to notice that they are sessioned. This is music that is not for the faint hearted, or for those who like to neatly pigeon hole what they are listening to. In many ways this is progressive music that is not afraid to mix and change, but in other ways this is an extreme metal band that just don't care what anyone thinks and wants to create a musical entity of their own choosing. Emotional, atmospheric, and at others blindingly honest and brutal, this is an impressive work.

Originally appeared in Feedback #70, Oct 02

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