MY DYING BRIDE

Death-Doom Metal / Doom Metal / Non-Metal • United Kingdom
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My Dying Bride is a Doom metal band that was at the forefront of the English Doom movement in the early 90s that included such bands as the former label mates Anathema and Paradise Lost. Formed in West Yorkshire, England, they are known for their slow yet extremely heavy riffs and haunting lyrics. Relentlessly slow, thick, heavy chords allied with remarkably morose lyrics make My Dying Bride a unique proposition and certainly a challenge to the listener. Since its debut, the Halifax based band has remained steadfast in an unwavering pursuit of extreme Metal despite, ironically enjoying the rewards of an international fan base despite the noncommercial nature of its output.

The initial formation numbered vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe, guitarists Andrew Craighan and Calvin Robertshaw plus drummer Rick Miah, who founded the band in 1990. The band released the 'Towards The Sinister' demo, noted for its complete absence of bass, recorded
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MY DYING BRIDE Discography

MY DYING BRIDE albums / top albums

MY DYING BRIDE As the Flower Withers album cover 3.87 | 21 ratings
As the Flower Withers
Death-Doom Metal 1992
MY DYING BRIDE Turn Loose the Swans album cover 4.20 | 31 ratings
Turn Loose the Swans
Death-Doom Metal 1993
MY DYING BRIDE The Angel and the Dark River album cover 4.15 | 20 ratings
The Angel and the Dark River
Doom Metal 1995
MY DYING BRIDE Like Gods of the Sun album cover 4.04 | 12 ratings
Like Gods of the Sun
Doom Metal 1996
MY DYING BRIDE 34.788%... Complete album cover 3.12 | 13 ratings
34.788%... Complete
Doom Metal 1998
MY DYING BRIDE The Light at the End of the World album cover 3.93 | 21 ratings
The Light at the End of the World
Death-Doom Metal 1999
MY DYING BRIDE The Dreadful Hours album cover 4.35 | 26 ratings
The Dreadful Hours
Death-Doom Metal 2001
MY DYING BRIDE Songs of Darkness, Words of Light album cover 4.27 | 20 ratings
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
Death-Doom Metal 2004
MY DYING BRIDE A Line of Deathless Kings album cover 4.19 | 14 ratings
A Line of Deathless Kings
Doom Metal 2006
MY DYING BRIDE For Lies I Sire album cover 4.07 | 16 ratings
For Lies I Sire
Doom Metal 2009
MY DYING BRIDE Evinta album cover 3.45 | 11 ratings
Evinta
Non-Metal 2011
MY DYING BRIDE A Map of All our Failures album cover 3.74 | 14 ratings
A Map of All our Failures
Doom Metal 2012
MY DYING BRIDE Feel the Misery album cover 4.04 | 11 ratings
Feel the Misery
Doom Metal 2015
MY DYING BRIDE The Ghost of Orion album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Ghost of Orion
Doom Metal 2020

MY DYING BRIDE EPs & splits

MY DYING BRIDE Symphonaire infernus et spera empyrium album cover 3.52 | 7 ratings
Symphonaire infernus et spera empyrium
Death-Doom Metal 1992
MY DYING BRIDE The Thrash of Naked Limbs album cover 3.71 | 5 ratings
The Thrash of Naked Limbs
Death-Doom Metal 1993
MY DYING BRIDE I Am the Bloody Earth album cover 2.79 | 5 ratings
I Am the Bloody Earth
Death-Doom Metal 1994
MY DYING BRIDE Bring Me Victory album cover 3.69 | 5 ratings
Bring Me Victory
Doom Metal 2009
MY DYING BRIDE The Barghest O' Whitby album cover 3.69 | 10 ratings
The Barghest O' Whitby
Death-Doom Metal 2011
MY DYING BRIDE The Manuscript album cover 4.29 | 6 ratings
The Manuscript
Doom Metal 2013

MY DYING BRIDE live albums

MY DYING BRIDE The Voice of the Wretched album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
The Voice of the Wretched
Death-Doom Metal 2002
MY DYING BRIDE An Ode to Woe album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
An Ode to Woe
Doom Metal 2008

MY DYING BRIDE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MY DYING BRIDE Towards the Sinister album cover 2.33 | 2 ratings
Towards the Sinister
Death-Doom Metal 1990
MY DYING BRIDE Excerpts from Evinta album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Excerpts from Evinta
Non-Metal 2011
MY DYING BRIDE Hollow Cathedra album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hollow Cathedra
Doom Metal 2015

MY DYING BRIDE re-issues & compilations

MY DYING BRIDE The Stories album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
The Stories
Death-Doom Metal 1994
MY DYING BRIDE Trinity album cover 3.80 | 8 ratings
Trinity
Death-Doom Metal 1995
MY DYING BRIDE Meisterwerk I album cover 2.83 | 2 ratings
Meisterwerk I
Death-Doom Metal 2000
MY DYING BRIDE Meisterwerk II album cover 3.17 | 2 ratings
Meisterwerk II
Doom Metal 2001
MY DYING BRIDE Anti-Diluvian Chronicles album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Anti-Diluvian Chronicles
Death-Doom Metal 2005
MY DYING BRIDE Introducing My Dying Bride album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing My Dying Bride
Doom Metal 2013
MY DYING BRIDE The Vaulted Shadows album cover 4.23 | 3 ratings
The Vaulted Shadows
Death-Doom Metal 2014
MY DYING BRIDE Meisterwerk III album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Meisterwerk III
Doom Metal 2016
MY DYING BRIDE A Harvest of Dread album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Harvest of Dread
Doom Metal 2016

MY DYING BRIDE singles (6)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
God Is Alone
Death-Doom Metal 1991
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2.50 | 1 ratings
Unreleased Bitterness
Death-Doom Metal 1993
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2.50 | 1 ratings
The Sexuality of Bereavement
Death-Doom Metal 1994
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2.92 | 2 ratings
Deeper Down
Death-Doom Metal 2006
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Your Broken Shore
Death-Doom Metal 2020
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Tired Of Tears
Doom Metal 2020

MY DYING BRIDE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.58 | 2 ratings
For Darkest Eyes
Death-Doom Metal 1997
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Sinamorata
Death-Doom Metal 2005

MY DYING BRIDE Reviews

MY DYING BRIDE The Ghost of Orion

Album · 2020 · Doom Metal
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"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. It´s 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. Stainthorpe´s 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 Stainthorpe´s 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). It´s unfortunately a bit of a dull track and things don´t 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 it´s 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 it´s 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 daughter´s 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 parent´s 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 it´s only because of "The Old Earth" that the latter part of the album doesn´t 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 isn´t all wrong.

MY DYING BRIDE Tired Of Tears

Single · 2020 · Doom Metal
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"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. It´s the third song on the tracklist on My Dying Bride´s 14th full-length studio album "The Ghost of Orion" from March 2020 and the second single released in advance of the album´s 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. Stainthorpe´s 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 Stainthorpe´s 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 daughter´s 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 parent´s 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 it´s also a very well written track. It´s heavy, melodic, atmospheric, and also quite catchy considering the genre. Featuring a powerful and detailed sound production it´s a high quality track through and through and a 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

MY DYING BRIDE Your Broken Shore

Single · 2020 · Death-Doom Metal
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"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. It´s the opening track from My Dying Bride´s 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. Stainthorpe´s 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´s 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, it´s the nature of Stainthorpe´s 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" it´s a very effective one, as it´s a high quality track through and through and it shows promise of great things to come. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

MY DYING BRIDE The Dreadful Hours

Album · 2001 · Death-Doom Metal
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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.

MY DYING BRIDE The Light at the End of the World

Album · 1999 · Death-Doom Metal
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After the less than positively received experimental album “34.788%…Complete,” MY DYING BRIDE quickly worked on damage control and did what any band would do when their fast sailing career hits a rock and starts to sink, namely retreat, go back to what worked and repeat! The band wasted no time getting back into the studio and releasing the sixth album THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD the following year with a more classic MY DYING BRIDE sound on display as if shouting out to the fanbase “hey! we were just playing around but we’re back!” And back they were not only with long sprawling epic compositions that displayed the full power of the gothic doom metal that had pushed them through the 90s but with the added bonus of bringing back the death metal aspects with moments of aggressive outbursts accompanied by Aaron Stainthorpe’s grating death growls.

It seems that the experimental album scared off a couple band members who weren’t jiving with the new direction. Drummer Bill Law jumped ship to be replaced by Shaun Steels (formerly of Anathema) and guitarist Calvin Robertshaw stepped down as guitarist but stuck around to become the tour manager which left the band officially as a quartet however keyboardist Jonny Maudling of Bal-Sagoth was recruited as a session player. Robertshaw does appear briefly on the album as the second guitarist on “Sear Me III” which is a thematic continuation from the two previous “Sear Me’s” on earlier albums which served as an extra indicator that MY DYING BRIDE was back in their comfort zone which is exactly where the rabidly hungry gothy death doom crowds wanted them. With Robertshaw out, it left Andrew Craighan as the only guitarist but he does double duty on THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD where he covers all guitar parts and does quite well i might add.

Stylistically THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD pick up where “Like Gods Of Sun” left off and pretends the album in between never happened however this is MY DYING BRIDE and despite returning to a more familiar approach never simply repeats the formula without some tweaking here and there. First thing that is noticeable is that despite the return to former glory, there is still no violin and no piano parts to be heard. Instead, the atmospheric dynamics are handled by the ambient swirls of the keyboard parts and authentically mimic and replace the mournful wails fairly well. It would have seemed unimaginable that such dreadful dirge could be lamented without the sad stringed vibrato and fastidious flexing of the bow but Maudling does an excellent job of layering the atmospheric overcast in such a fashion that it convincingly usurps its once unthinkable absence. While Stainthorpe returns to his classic plaintive goth-tinged crooning once again, this time around his style branches out more with more octaves covered and of course the return to aggressive outbursts of death growls however they only occur infrequently.

Also returning to the old formula is how the tracks sprawl out into slow plodding epics with trodding doom laden guitar riffs that take on two roles: one, chug and two, sustain. Both distorted power chords that sustain and the expected chugging doom march both are quite prevalent, however there are many twin guitar counterpoint attacks as well with more licks and solos sneaking through as well as the rare but satisfying sudden death metal attacks. In fact, this is a really a more guitar oriented album than the earlier ones that focused more on the violin and piano for much of their running time. As with most MY DYING BRIDE albums, this one too is quite consistent in its quality with each track standing out from the rest but never drifting too far away stylistically speaking. This comeback album was certainly what the doctor ordered and set the band back on track to crank out another batch of stellar albums. This is one band that dodged that proverbial bullet and the doom metal world was all the better for it.

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