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MY DYING BRIDE

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Founded in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England in 1990 - Still active as of 2019

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.

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

3.66 | 53 ratings
As The Flower Withers
1992
4.13 | 78 ratings
Turn Loose The Swans
1993
4.00 | 73 ratings
The Angel And The Dark River
1995
3.30 | 41 ratings
Like Gods Of The Sun
1996
2.79 | 41 ratings
34.788%...Complete
1998
3.97 | 50 ratings
The Light At The End Of The World
1999
4.03 | 58 ratings
The Dreadful Hours
2001
4.11 | 69 ratings
Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light
2004
3.60 | 42 ratings
A Line Of Deathless Kings
2006
3.67 | 40 ratings
For Lies I Sire
2009
3.44 | 35 ratings
Evinta
2011
3.24 | 36 ratings
A Map Of All Our Failures
2012
3.75 | 26 ratings
Feel The Misery
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ghost of Orion
2020

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

3.42 | 15 ratings
The Voice Of The Wretched
2002
3.28 | 9 ratings
An Ode To Woe
2008

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

4.20 | 5 ratings
For Darkest Eyes
1997
5.00 | 2 ratings
For Darkest Eyes
2005
5.00 | 2 ratings
Sinamorata
2005

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

2.33 | 5 ratings
The Stories
1994
3.44 | 12 ratings
Trinity
1995
2.65 | 9 ratings
Meisterwerk I
2000
2.69 | 8 ratings
Meisterwerk II
2001
3.57 | 7 ratings
Anti-Diluvian Chronicles
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Introducing My Dying Bride
2013
4.03 | 5 ratings
The Vaulted Shadows
2014
3.13 | 4 ratings
Meisterwerk III
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Harvest of Dread
2019

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

2.17 | 9 ratings
Towards the Sinister
1990
2.32 | 6 ratings
God Is Alone
1991
3.49 | 17 ratings
Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium
1992
3.14 | 14 ratings
The Thrash of Naked Limbs
1993
2.14 | 3 ratings
Unreleased Bitterness
1993
2.39 | 10 ratings
I Am the Bloody Earth
1994
2.38 | 11 ratings
The Sexuality of Bereavement
1994
2.74 | 10 ratings
Deeper Down
2006
3.31 | 7 ratings
Bring Me Victory
2009
3.25 | 18 ratings
The Barghest O' Whitby
2011
2.00 | 1 ratings
Excerpts From Evinta
2011
3.92 | 10 ratings
The Manuscript
2013
3.91 | 4 ratings
Hollow Cathedra
2015

MY DYING BRIDE Reviews


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 A Map Of All Our Failures by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.24 | 36 ratings

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

Review by sgtpepper

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 songs MDB ever created in terms of feeling. Bleak, desolation, lack of power and filled with sorrow, this music is best appreciated at dawn, in the dark and in the winter or autumn season.

The first two songs are very strong numbers, the first one showing increasing violin link, strong melody and new moments in MDB sound. "The poorest waltz" indeed is a mournful song but not sure about the 3/4 time signature, it's closer to regular 4/4. "A tapestry scorned" adds nice epic organ to the sound. "Like a perpetual funeral" is one of the most melodic and commercially viable songs on the album, while the title track has a memorable violin motive, but cellos and guitars also fit in nicely for more reflective moments.

"Abandoned as Christ" is one of the doomiest songs by MDB ever. So slow, gloomy with simple yet effective riffs.

Not an essential album but one of the better ones for doom lovers and an average one for proggers.

 The Barghest O' Whitby by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.25 | 18 ratings

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

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars I have a certain association between this EP and the EP "Faustian echoes" by Agalloch because of their similarities:

1. They both represent return to a great shape and more earthy, original sound with growling vocals. 2. The EPs were released almost in the same year 3. These are epic and high quality epic pieces that symbolize the longest track in band's history.

My dying bride may have felt the guilt of releasing a non-working experiment "Evinta" that featured symphonic re-covers of their famous melodies, which may have been well accepted by non-metal fans but divided the traditional fans. Maybe as an apology, the band pulled out this epic masterpiece.

Low-tuned guitars, dramatic drums and whimsical growling help imagine dark moor with evil monstre. However there are enough slow reflective and mournful parts, especially in the first half of the track. The last 5 minutes are pretty intense with black and death-metal echoes.

 For Lies I Sire by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.67 | 40 ratings

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

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars A decline after a decade of excellent track of albums. Fortunately, the decline is not a fall downhill, it is a small deteroriation in quality and creativity.

Most of songs have the typical depressive feeling of being slow, lonely and sad. There are good melodies, riffs and atmospheric tracks. "A chapter in loathing" is one of the heaviest MDB tracks ever and steers away from the standard flow. You will hear death-metal growling and riffs turning into black metal blasts in the end. I feel that the purpose here was rather to create a brutal track and not focusing so much on the quality of the composition.

"Death triumphant" is an excellent epic track with changes in pace, mournful violin, the one you have been waiting for the whole album. It polishes the rating to solid three stars.

 A Line Of Deathless Kings by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.60 | 42 ratings

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

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Stepping aside from recreated heaviness of last 3 MDB releases, this one is more rooted in doom metal and more melodic rock. There is less progressivism and epics but still plenty of moments to discover upon repeated listens. There are hardly any growling sections until you arrive at the last song which has a couple of blasts and wild speed which is regarded more as a just than a serious decision that enriches the song.

"To remain tombless" has touches of black/post-metal/post-rock guitars and progressive drumming included. "L'amour detruit" is a classic doom metal MDB song with a distinct melody, whereas "I cannot be followed" has a funeral doom- metal speed. "And I walk with them" has an atmospheric organ and "One of beauty's daughters" uses mellotron, which is very interesting in a doom metal genre. "Deeper down" has very deep doom metal riffs and interestingly growling, too.

The last song on the album is also the most epic one with parts of various speed until the furious end. 3.5 stars.

 The Dreadful Hours by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.03 | 58 ratings

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The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars An excellent trademark My Dying Bride bringing epic to spectacular heights while bridging death/doom beginnings by the band with later slow doom approach. The first track is a magnificient tour de darkness overture with black/death- metal rhythms, excellent growls and majestic keyboards. Black dark spitting atmosphere can be cut by its density. Still, the simple mellow guitar motive from the beginning reappears like a silent stream of water.

The same in a more black-metal fashion goes for the second epic track with a great doom riff "The raven and the rose". The singer exceeds himself with whimsical growling before rapidly descending into a mourning funeral territory with guitar and violin. Piano and organ enrich the sound of the epic track. Absolute feast for gothic/doom metal lovers.

"Black heart romance" is a light slow doom metal song with delicate post-rock/space-rock guitar and good drum work.

Good doomy/heavy metal influnce can be observed at "My hope, the destroyer"

"The deepest of all hearts" has an epic motive with intensive bass drums and synthetizer chorals in the background.

The last and longest composition is slow but majestic and vocals starts accompanying violin with a growling contrast. There is one of the most sinister and gloomy guitar riffs off the whole album. Sabbathical mood is quite evident in this track, where riffs are not very heavy but doomy enough.

The wild ending black/death metal section is quite suprising and may be a bit out of place of this quite trademark doom metal composition.

 The Light At The End Of The World by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.97 | 50 ratings

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The Light At The End Of The World
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Another excellent addition to an exreme metal with progressive metal elements and the most progressive by MDB up to that point. The band is back to its characteristic doom metal and embraces growling too with death-metal elements that disappeared affter "The angel and the dark river".

There are many classics tracks such as "She is the dark" with its atmospheric tinge with great riff and mysterious keyboards and absolutely gloomy paradise or the title epic track. "Edenbeast" is a return to death-metal blackened style that may put off some newer MDB listeners. "Fever Sea" combines death and progressive metal elements supported by guitar and drum frequent changes.

One of the most memorable and catchy motives comes with a "poppy" "Into the lake of the ghosts" - this one could well be airplayed if not so long. "The Isis script" remotely reminds me of Opeth.

"Christliar" has great majestic keyboard layers and guitars and vocals are also kept in the background for some time to let instruments do their work.

This album remains one of my most popular by the end because it is creative, versatile and well composed/recorded.

 34.788%...Complete by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.79 | 41 ratings

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

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars 34.788% is an MDB album with arguably the greatest departure from the classic sound of the band. Alternative metal or even industrial metal influences come to the surface, which is not necessarily bad for open ears. Drums, voice, guitars, all is a bit adjusted to try new approach. This also means that music is less mournful.

Looking at its experimental name, it's even easier to mark it as black sheep.

The first epic track, "The whore, the cook and the mother" has quite an extensive keyboard new-age section; however this track is more memorable for its riffs and sound rather then its development.

"The stance of Evander Sinque" offers new moments with modern background edited vocals. The feeling of this track is gothic rather than doomy.

"Heroic chic" goes further with electronic beats and light guitars. Female vocals join the party and vocals are kind of rapping.

"Apocalypse woman" has a grunge riff with alternative rock beat, shows another interesting experiment and makes the band absolutely removing their traces to doom metal. From what I can hear, even the lyrics have different sense.

"Base level erotica" is perhaps the best track on this offering, not only because it sounds closest to doom metal but also because the band feels most comfortable here providing killing doomy riffs.

I do not recommend this album to hardcore proggers and MDB fans but for anybody else, give it a try.

 Like Gods Of The Sun by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.30 | 41 ratings

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Like Gods Of The Sun
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars After the magnificient "The angel and the dark river", the band returns with a less inspired album which is worse in in almost all aspects.

Music ideas are not as good, the material is less memorable. That does not mean that there aren't strong cuts, such as the first track (title track) reminiscent of the second track from "The angel and the dark river". It is a perfectl doomy track with powerful organ and violin, trademarks of My Dying Bride at that time. There are slowlier and faster themes to vary.

The chorus is catchy and well thought-out.

"Grace unhearing" also has a memorable riff with alternation between a major and minor chord.

"All swept away" is a short but quite versatile and tempo changing track, recommended for proggier listeners.

Then a couple of less memorable track appear until a "Here in the throat" with remotely dramatic . progressive doom/heavy metal section.

To hear one of the iconic tracks and the most original one, you need to wait until the end - a haunting ballad with no drums and only keyboards/violin + vocals conjure a beautiful atmosphere.

 The Sexuality of Bereavement by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
2.38 | 11 ratings

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The Sexuality of Bereavement
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by thwok

3 stars I love MY DYING BRIDE. I think they're the absolute cream of the "doom metal" crop. Therefore, almost anything they put out will get some automatic cred from me. The major shortcoming of this single, for some folks is going to be that the material is available elsewhere. I like this single. The title song is one of MDB's weaker ones. On the other hand, I like this remix of "Crown of Sympathy". It is definitely different, and not necessarily preferable to the original. However, on it's own it offers more variety. The first half of the single is somewhat repetitive.
 The Dreadful Hours by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.03 | 58 ratings

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The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars Always one to experiment, MY DYING BRIDE perhaps went a little too far with their misstep into the unknown for the fanbase with "34.788%...Complete" which found the band adding all kinds of wild new ideas. While some like alternative metal suited the band's signature goth doom sound to a T, others such as trip hop didn't quite jive and although many including myself found the album to be descent, the overall consensus was that MY DYING BRIDE had hit their stride on "Like Gods Of The Sun" and were in free fall decline, however after the clarity of returning to their signature sound was once again a priority, the band bounced back with "The Light At The End Of The World" which proved they had more than enough life in them and while the album was a fine return to form and an admirable comeback, it wasn't up to par with the high notes of "Turn Loose The Swans" and "The Angel And The Dark River."

On THE DREADFUL HOURS, the band's seventh studio album and first of the 21st century, the fiery creative passion that had made MY DYING BRIDE such a sensation in the early years had returned and released one of the band's finest albums with eight outrageously delectable tracks that not only were connected to their past goth-tinged death doom days but found yet more ways to incorporate new musical elements into their, by this time, classic unmistakeable stylistic approach. The band's core remained the same with Aaron Stainthorpe displaying his amazing range of vocal styles with the usual plaintive romantic crooning as well as an increased use of the death growls however on THE DREADFUL HOURS he expands his extreme metal vocals to include a more blackened growl approach which reminds me of Behemoth's Nergal.

Guitarist Andrew Craighan provided the sole guitar parts on the previous album after the departure of Calvin Robertshaw and joining the crew on this album is guitarist Hamish Glencross, who with Craighan provide a more deadly twin guitar attack as they not only tackle the usual plodding doom riffs but engage in heavier high tempo death metal segments as well as adding palm muting thrash techniques to their doom riffage. The rhythm center of bassist Adrian Jackson and drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels also exercise greater liberties in their playing as each instrument takes on a more expansive role. The bass duties have become more complex and the drumming more experimental as well. While no violinist has returned, the two session keyboardists Jonny Mauding and Yasmin Ahmed dish out tasteful doses of piano tinklings, atmospheric overcast and mood modification mostly set to mournful depression.

With eight tracks that range from five minutes to over fourteen, MY DYING BRIDE cranks out one of the most diverse set lists (well not counting 34.778%) of their career with every element finding the perfect place to express itself. One of the major differences from the past is the incorporation of post-rock elements as heard on the opening title track which sounds more like an Isis album until it erupts into a death-doom frenzy. The compositions have become more complex and progressive as segments segue into others and various riffs, drumming patterns and bass lines slowly shapeshift into something completely new while the haunting atmospheric backdrop nudges it into a new comfort zone. The chemistry of this team is certainly off the charts as it has provided a new energized passion that keeps all the various tracks quite distinct from each other with countless different instrumental spontaneity erupting throughout.

The beauty of MY DRYING BRIDE is that they so successful captured their own distinct sound so early on in their game that have the ability to pretty much adapt any musical idea to the goth death-doom paradigm. Basically Stainthorpe provides the backbone to the band's style with his charismatic vocal style with an extra anchor in the atmospheric department, however the guitar, bass and drums are pretty much allowed to do whatever they want provided they stay within the confines of the melodies. Such is the case for all of the tracks which to the casual listener will sound like business as usual but to the careful listener will find new rhythmic flows, creative instrumental interplay and a greater focus on shifting timbres, dynamics, tempos and vocals. This is perhaps my favorite MY DYING BRIDE album as it perfectly balances all the various elements which include the goth death doom metal, darkwave ambient and alternative metal with the usual sombre poetic vocal deliveries of Stainthorpe. MY DYING BRIDE not only made a comeback from their nadir but hit one of the highest notes in this apex of their entire career.

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