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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)

3.68 | 54 ratings
As The Flower Withers
1992
4.15 | 77 ratings
Turn Loose The Swans
1993
4.02 | 73 ratings
The Angel And The Dark River
1995
3.31 | 42 ratings
Like Gods Of The Sun
1996
2.81 | 40 ratings
34.788%...Complete
1998
3.98 | 49 ratings
The Light At The End Of The World
1999
4.03 | 58 ratings
The Dreadful Hours
2001
4.13 | 68 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
3.45 | 34 ratings
Evinta
2011
3.23 | 36 ratings
A Map Of All Our Failures
2012
3.78 | 25 ratings
Feel The Misery
2015
3.90 | 10 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)

4.00 | 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Your Broken Shore
2020
3.95 | 2 ratings
Tired Of Tears
2020

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 The Ghost of Orion by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.90 | 10 ratings

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The Ghost of Orion
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "The Ghost of Orion" is the 14th full-length studio album by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in March 2020. Itīs the successor to "Feel the Misery" from 2015 and it features a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor. Guitarist Calvin Robertshaw has jumped ship and has been replaced by Neil Blanchett. Blanchett does however not perform on "The Ghost of Orion". Instead all guitars were recorded by Andrew Craighan. Drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels also decided to leave My Dying Bride and he is replaced here by former Paradise Lost drummer Jeff Singer.

My Dying Bride have been laying pretty low since the release of "Feel the Misery (2015)" (at least for their usually busy standards), but there is a natural explanation for the band downtime, as lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe experienced the worst that can happen to a parent, as his young daughter was diagnosed with cancer, and he therefore pulled the plug to spend time with his family. Stainthorpeīs daughter was fortunately cured and he was able to concentrate on his music career again.

In the months leading up to the release of "The Ghost of Orion" in March 2020, My Dying Bride released a couple of teaser singles in "Your Broken Shore" and "Tired Of Tears" (released in January and February 2020 respectively). Both are great quality doom metal tracks in the classic My Dying Bride style featuring heavy doom metal riffs, atmospheric sections, guitar harmonies and counterpoint melodies, soaring melancholic violin melodies, and Stainthorpeīs dark and poetic vocals on top (both clean and growling vocals on "Your Broken Shore" and only clean vocals on "Tired Of Tears"). Along with "To Outlive The Gods" they are the trio of opening tracks on "The Ghost of Orion" and feature a relatively similar and consistent style, but the album changes direction with the fourth track "The Solace", which is an atmospheric track featuring female vocals performed by Lindy Fay Hella (Wardruna). Itīs unfortunately a bit of a dull track and things donīt really pick up on "The Long Black Land", which is a relatively unremarkable doom metal track. The short atmospheric instrumental title track is decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary either, so itīs a slight relief to listen to "The Old Earth", which is a much more interesting and varied doom metal track. The album ends with another short atmospheric instrumental in "Your Woven Shore", and again itīs decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.

So "The Ghost of Orion" is a bit of an uneven affair. Both stylistically and quality wise. Highlights to my ears are definitely the opening trio of tracks, and especially "Tired Of Tears" is bound to become a My Dying Bride classic. On that particular track the lyrics are probably the most personal and painful Stainthorpe has ever written and performed (...and this is a man who has made a career out of writing and performing some of the most melancholic vocals and lyrics on the scene), as they evolve around his daughterīs illness and his own despair and fears. The lyrics are truly moving/infinitely sad and anyone who is a parent should be able to relate to the feelings of helplessness and despair Stainthorpe conveys on this track. His realization of his own mortality facing the possible death of his daughter (a parentīs worst nightmare) and his plea to death not to lay a hand on his daughter (during the chorus) are probbaly some of the most powerful lyrics I have ever read (and proff that context is everything...). On the other end of the spectrum unremarkable tracks like "The Solace" and "The Long Black Land" pull in a less positive direction, and itīs only because of "The Old Earth" that the latter part of the album doesnīt sink into complete mediocrity.

"The Ghost of Orion" features one of the most professional, clear sounding, and accessible sound productions yet on a My Dying Bride album, but honestly I miss a bit of grit and rawness and could have done with less polish. Objectively though this is a high quality sound production. The musicianship is as always strong, and Stainthorpe takes his clean vocals to a new level on this album. They are often layered and he sings longer sustained notes here rather than his more usual subdued almost speaking type vocals. So evaluating "The Ghost of Orion" is actually a bit hard, as there are some high quality features and tracks on the album, but also some less remarkable ones, and I guess a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating isnīt all wrong.

(Review originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Tired Of Tears by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2020
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Tired Of Tears
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Tired Of Tears" is a digital single by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The single was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2020. Itīs the third song on the tracklist on My Dying Brideīs 14th full-length studio album "The Ghost of Orion" from March 2020 and the second single released in advance of the albumīs release as the "Your Broken Shore" single was already released in January 2020. A promotional lyric video was made for "Tired Of Tears".

My Dying Bride have been laying low since the release of "Feel the Misery (2015)" (at least for their usually busy standards), but there is a natural explanation for the band downtime, as lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe experienced the worst that can happen to a parent, as his young daughter was diagnosed with cancer, and he therefore pulled the plug to spend time with his family. Stainthorpeīs daughter was fortunately cured and he was able to concentrate on his music career again.

Stylistically "Tired Of Tears" is a classic My Dying Bride track with heavy doom metal riffs, atmospheric sections, guitar harmonies and counterpoint melodies, a soaring melancholic violin melody, and Stainthorpeīs dark and poetic vocals on top (only clean vocals on this song). On this particular track the lyrics are probably the most personal and painful Stainthorpe has ever written and performed (...and this is a man who has made a career out of writing and performing some of the most melancholic vocals and lyrics on the scene), as they evolve around his daughterīs illness and his own despair and fears. The lyrics are truly moving/infinitely sad and anyone who is a parent should be able to relate to the feelings of helplessness and despair Stainthorpe conveys on this track. His realization of his own mortality facing the possible death of his daughter (a parentīs worst nightmare) and his plea to death not to lay a hand on his daughter (during the chorus) are probably some of the most powerful lyrics I have ever read (and proff that context is everything...).

"Tired Of Tears" is bound to be a My Dying Bride classic because of the intensity and honesty of the lyrics, but itīs also a very well written track. Itīs heavy, melodic, atmospheric, and also quite catchy considering the genre. Featuring a powerful and detailed sound production itīs a high quality track through and through and a 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

(Review originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Your Broken Shore by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2020
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Your Broken Shore
My Dying Bride Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars "Your Broken Shore" is a digital single by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The single was released through Nuclear Blast Records in January 2020. Itīs the opening track from My Dying Brideīs 14th full-length studio album "The Ghost of Orion" from March 2020. A promotional music video was also made.

My Dying Bride have been laying low since the release of "Feel the Misery (2015)" (at least for their usually busy standards), but there is a natural explanation for the band downtime, as lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe experienced the worst that can happen to a parent, as his young daughter was diagnosed with cancer, and he therefore pulled the plug to spend time with his family. Stainthorpeīs daughter was fortunately cured and he was able to concentrate on his music career again.

"Your Broken Shore" is a classic My Dying Bride track with heavy doom metal riffs, atmospheric sections, guitar harmonies and counterpoint melodies, a soaring melancholic violin melody, and Stainthorpe īs dark and poetic vocals on top (both clean and growling vocals on this track). If something should be mentioned as slightly different from earlier releases, itīs the nature of Stainthorpeīs clean vocals which are often layered and he also sings more regular sustained note clean vocals than the often more subdued almost "speaking" type clean vocals he usually performs.

"Your Broken Shore" is a very well produced track and as a teaser for the release of "The Ghost of Orion" itīs a very effective one, as itīs a high quality track through and through and it shows promise of great things to come. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

(Review originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 A Map Of All Our Failures by MY DYING BRIDE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.23 | 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
3.98 | 49 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
2.81 | 40 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.

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