November 19, 2009

My Dying Bride - 34.788%... Complete

Genre(s) - Experimental (doom) metal
Origin - Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Year of release - 1998
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size - 51.31 MB

34.788%... Complete perplexed critics and fans, and there was every reason to be perplexed. This wasn't the My Dying Bride we were used to! In the end it was too unfamiliar to digest for most doomsters and it is still generally regarded as a dubious aberration in the band's career. This is a pity because it has a lot of charm if you don't have your expectations set on crushing doom alone. It's a very vague album, not unmetal but highly experimental with psychedelic under-, over- and other tones. The Whore, the Cook and the Mother is the best example of this and therefore the most enveloping track on the disk. And I can understand nobody was hoping for a track like Heroin Chic (Not Chick as the mp3 tag and file name say! More or less my mistake), where Aaron seems especially influenced by Michael Gira's reciting-singing style and trip-hop soundscapes. But there are plenty of moments where the "old" My Dying Bride shines through (The Stance..., Der Überlebende, Under Your Wings...) so I don't get all of the fuss. Recommended to any metalhead feeling adventurous and in for something 34.788%... completely different.
  1. The whore, the cook and the mother
  2. The stance of Evander Sinoue
  3. Der Überlebende
  4. Heroin chic
  5. Apocalypse woman
  6. Base level erotica
  7. Under your wings and into your arms
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