April 17, 2009

My Dying Bride - The Angel and the Dark River

Genre(s) - Gothic doom metal
Origin - Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Year of release - 1995
Size/bitrate - 57.98 MB/128 kbps

My Dying Bride are bringing the drear with their esteemed third album. It's a stylistic move away from the death-doom they helped pioneer with the preceding albums, featuring only Aaron Stainthorpe's ultra-despondent clean vocals and not his formidable grunts. The production is better than before, though the somewhat turbid feeling of Turn Loose the Swans did add to the audial darkness. Repetitive minimalism with intricate violin lines alternate with grandiose moments of organ-grinding bombast. The opening track is a perennial classic, dirgelike and genuinely beautiful, and this is one of those rare occasions that a rerelease comes with a reccommendable bonus track. In fact, The Sexuality of Bereavement, which didn't make it onto the previous album, is even among the best tracks on the release even though it clashes with the main material. On the whole though it is the violin and the vocals which make the album.
  1. The cry of mankind
  2. From darkest skies
  3. Black voyage
  4. A sea to suffer in
  5. Two winters only
  6. Your shameful heaven
  7. The sexuality of bereavement
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