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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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3.60 | 47 ratings
As The Flower Withers
1992
4.06 | 67 ratings
Turn Loose The Swans
1993
3.88 | 61 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
4.13 | 61 ratings
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
2004
3.56 | 35 ratings
A Line of Deathless Kings
2006
3.64 | 33 ratings
For Lies I Sire
2009
3.44 | 33 ratings
Evinta
2011
3.35 | 29 ratings
A Map of All Our Failures
2012
3.65 | 21 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
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
2.69 | 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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 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
4.13 | 61 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.

 Like Gods of the Sun by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.18 | 35 ratings

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Like Gods of the Sun
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Having excised the death metal DNA from their sound on The Angel and the Dark River, My Dying Bride would go on to continue that album's gothic-tinged doom metal sound on this release. This time around, however, things seem to have evolved a little, with a wider emotional palette present; in particular, the music no longer seems to be entirely succumbing to melancholy, with the compositions starting to show a bit of defiant grit to them that was absent before. For those who specifically look to My Dying Bride for the purpose of hearing the most miserable metal music on the planet, this may be disappointing, but for my part it is a welcome shift in their sound which stops this from simply being a bland remake of The Angel and the Dark River.
 As The Flower Withers by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.60 | 47 ratings

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As The Flower Withers
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Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Although subsequent albums like Turn Loose the Swans seem to be regarded as the peak of early My Dying Bride, it's actually this debut album of theirs which has won me around to their brand of death-doom. I suspect the reason it's often overlooked is that it has a somewhat simpler, stripped-down sound: there's still some violin, but it's not especially promiment, and the vocals only come from Aaron Stainthorpe and they are mostly in a death growl. But with their sound pared back like this, you can really appreciate the group's ability to switch between slow, doomy gloom and faster death metal-oriented playing at the drop of a hat. It isn't without its issues - in particular, I think Rick Miah's drum sound is occasionally a bit thin - but it's a solid start for the band and enough to prompt me to take a second look at them.
 The Angel And The Dark River by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.88 | 61 ratings

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The Angel And The Dark River
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The Angel and the Dark River is a refinement and purification of the Goth-doom approach My Dying Bride prototyped on Turn Loose the Swans. With the death metal influences leeched out, the band present a mixture of reasonably slow riffs (though not as slow or heavy as the sort of material stoner doom and traditional doom bands typically play) with lyrics intoned in a mournful voice. Whereas the preceding Turn Loose the Swans went in a very Dead Can Dance-influenced darkwave direction at points, this one seems to take the approach back in a more metal-focused direction, using the lessons from their stylistic explorations to good effect in enhancing their baseline sound and keeping it fresh.
 Towards the Sinister by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
2.14 | 7 ratings

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Towards the Sinister
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars Before MY DYING BRIDE released their attention getting single "God Is Alone" which got them a ticket in the club of the "Peaceville Three" (meaning they got a contract with Peaceville Records at the same time as Anathema and Paradise Lost), they released this one demo TOWARDS THE SINISTER all the way back in 1990 after the two main founders Aaron Stainthorpe and Andrew Craighan found some buddies in their native Bradford, England music scene and churned out some of the very first examples of death / doom metal.

This short demo contains four tracks with "Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium" clocking in at 8 minutes and 33 seconds thus already displaying a healthy dose of sophistication and progressive outlook at the very earliest stages of the band's formation. While the production quality is quite horrible as the band used older analog equipment, the music is already quite developed and sounds very much like the the death / doom metal heard on the debut album "As The Flower Withers" with long well thought out compositions and developments.

Like the first two death / doom metal releases by the band, this demo Stainthorpe only uses death growls for vocals. The guitars range from the Sabbath / Pentagram old school doom metal riffs to more energetic old school thrash and death metal riffs. While they haven't added their signature violin melancholy quite yet, the keyboards that are present are already adding that sombre lugubrious effect as to give the music a very unique identity.

"Symphonie Infernus" was re-recorded and released on their first release as an EP while "Vast Choirs" would be re-recorded and appear on "As The Flower Withers." TOWARDS THE SINISTER is hardly essential even for diehard fans even though the other two tracks "The Grief Of Age" and "Catching Feathers" were never re-recorded and placed upon other albums because all of the tracks were included on the "Meisterwerk" compilations. This demo was only ever released as a cassette and sounds like crap in the production department but a fun little listen for history's sake and of course, excellent music that was already quite accomplished.

 Hollow Cathedra by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
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Hollow Cathedra
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Review by UMUR
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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.

Thanks to J-Man for the artist addition.

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