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 albums / top albums

MY DYING BRIDE As the Flower Withers album cover 3.80 | 25 ratings
As the Flower Withers
Death-Doom Metal 1992
MY DYING BRIDE Turn Loose the Swans album cover 4.18 | 39 ratings
Turn Loose the Swans
Death-Doom Metal 1993
MY DYING BRIDE The Angel and the Dark River album cover 4.02 | 29 ratings
The Angel and the Dark River
Doom Metal 1995
MY DYING BRIDE Like Gods of the Sun album cover 3.68 | 19 ratings
Like Gods of the Sun
Doom Metal 1996
MY DYING BRIDE 34.788%... Complete album cover 3.27 | 19 ratings
34.788%... Complete
Doom Metal 1998
MY DYING BRIDE The Light at the End of the World album cover 3.88 | 29 ratings
The Light at the End of the World
Death-Doom Metal 1999
MY DYING BRIDE The Dreadful Hours album cover 4.43 | 36 ratings
The Dreadful Hours
Death-Doom Metal 2001
MY DYING BRIDE Songs of Darkness, Words of Light album cover 4.21 | 25 ratings
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
Death-Doom Metal 2004
MY DYING BRIDE A Line of Deathless Kings album cover 4.16 | 19 ratings
A Line of Deathless Kings
Doom Metal 2006
MY DYING BRIDE For Lies I Sire album cover 3.99 | 21 ratings
For Lies I Sire
Doom Metal 2009
MY DYING BRIDE Evinta album cover 3.32 | 14 ratings
Evinta
Non-Metal 2011
MY DYING BRIDE A Map of All our Failures album cover 3.73 | 18 ratings
A Map of All our Failures
Doom Metal 2012
MY DYING BRIDE Feel the Misery album cover 3.98 | 16 ratings
Feel the Misery
Doom Metal 2015
MY DYING BRIDE The Ghost of Orion album cover 3.87 | 10 ratings
The Ghost of Orion
Doom Metal 2020

MY DYING BRIDE EPs & splits

MY DYING BRIDE Symphonaire infernus et spera empyrium album cover 3.48 | 9 ratings
Symphonaire infernus et spera empyrium
Death-Doom Metal 1992
MY DYING BRIDE The Thrash of Naked Limbs album cover 3.74 | 8 ratings
The Thrash of Naked Limbs
Death-Doom Metal 1993
MY DYING BRIDE I Am the Bloody Earth album cover 2.76 | 7 ratings
I Am the Bloody Earth
Death-Doom Metal 1994
MY DYING BRIDE Bring Me Victory album cover 3.64 | 6 ratings
Bring Me Victory
Doom Metal 2009
MY DYING BRIDE The Barghest O' Whitby album cover 3.83 | 12 ratings
The Barghest O' Whitby
Death-Doom Metal 2011
MY DYING BRIDE The Manuscript album cover 4.15 | 10 ratings
The Manuscript
Doom Metal 2013
MY DYING BRIDE Macabre Cabaret album cover 4.24 | 6 ratings
Macabre Cabaret
Doom Metal 2020

MY DYING BRIDE live albums

MY DYING BRIDE The Voice of the Wretched album cover 3.42 | 4 ratings
The Voice of the Wretched
Death-Doom Metal 2002
MY DYING BRIDE An Ode to Woe album cover 3.11 | 5 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 2.41 | 3 ratings
Towards the Sinister
Death-Doom Metal 1990
MY DYING BRIDE New Metal Messiahs! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Metal Messiahs!
Death-Doom Metal 1995
MY DYING BRIDE Bloody Hell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bloody Hell
Death-Doom Metal 1996
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 3.83 | 9 ratings
Trinity
Death-Doom Metal 1995
MY DYING BRIDE Meisterwerk I album cover 2.86 | 3 ratings
Meisterwerk I
Death-Doom Metal 2000
MY DYING BRIDE Meisterwerk II album cover 3.07 | 3 ratings
Meisterwerk II
Doom Metal 2001
MY DYING BRIDE Anti-Diluvian Chronicles album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Anti-Diluvian Chronicles
Death-Doom Metal 2005
MY DYING BRIDE Peaceville Presents... My Dying Bride album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Peaceville Presents... My Dying Bride
Death-Doom Metal 2013
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 | 5 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 4.50 | 1 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 Towards the Sinister

Demo · 1990 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Towards the Sinister" is the first demo recording by UK doom/death metal act My Dying Bride. It´s the band´s first and only demo release and it was independently released in February 1991 (originally on cassette tape). The band were at this point a four-piece consisting of Aaron Stainthorpe on vocals, Andrew Craighan on guitars and keyboards, Calvin Robertshaw on guitars, and Rick Miah on drums.

The demo contains four tracks and a total playing time of 23:27 minutes. Both "The Grief of Age" and "Catching Feathers" are exclusive to this release while re-recorded and re-arranted versions of "Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium" and "Vast Choirs" would appear on subsequent studio releases by the band. The former on the "Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium" (1992) EP while the latter would appear on My Dying Bride´s debut full-length studio album "As The Flower Withers" (1992). While there are certainly crushingly heavy and doomy parts on the demo, the paced is often mid-paced and there are even some faster sections in some songs. So this is definitely the fastest and most old school death metal release from My Dying Bride featuring only hints at what they would do only a few years down the line (that is ultra heavy and sollow filled doom/death metal). The vocals are predominantly deep growls although Stainthorpe adds a more raw and aggressive edge to some parts. His tortured clean vocal delivery would only appear on later releases.

While the music on the album is actually pretty solid compared to other releases in the genre from the early nineties, the production drags this demo down. The sound is muddy and not even close to being professional. I thought it was a rehearsal demo until I read that the demo was actually recorded and mixed in Nov. 24-25, 1990 at Revolver Studios, UK. So this is a warts and all type demo release, but there´s enough dark charm and gloomy promise here to warrant a 2.5 star (50%) rating.

MY DYING BRIDE Macabre Cabaret

EP · 2020 · Doom Metal
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For some bands - especially once they have become as established as My Dying Bride are - EPs are an afterthought, if they're even bothered with at all. However, for my money a My Dying Bride EP is always worth at least a cusory listen, because right from the start of their career their EPs have accounted for some of their best material. Take Macabre Cabaret - produced by the same lineup as The Ghost of Orion (and likely a product of the same sessions), I actually think it has a mild edge on that studio album, with a more immediate and gripping sound and some wonderfully pensive moments.

MY DYING BRIDE The Ghost of Orion

Album · 2020 · Doom Metal
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Emerging as My Dying Bride suffered a swathe of personnel issues and behind-the-scenes difficulties, The Ghost of Orion finds the veteran death-doom unit in fine form. (It's a genre which thrives on gloom and world-weariness, after all.) In some respects it's a bit of a back-to-basics album, because the musical backing is very much in their classic style, though Aaron Stainthorpe's vocals tend more towards a clean approach than in the band's earliest days.

Their Spinal Tap-esque turnover of drummers, with Jeff Singer (formerly of their Peaceville Three compatriots Paradise Lost) slipping into the drum stool and doing a decent job. Meanwhile, Andrew Craighan takes on all the guitar duties, rhythm guitarist Neil Blanchett having only joined to help out live at this stage, and does a credible job there.

It's not a genre landmark or classic of the field, but it's a much better album than one might have expected from the band given the challenges facing them at the time, and will be enjoyable to anyone who enjoyed their early style.

MY DYING BRIDE The Angel and the Dark River

Album · 1995 · Doom Metal
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On their third album, My Dying Bride pretty much perfected the Gothic Doom style, leaving all of their Death Doom roots behind for a melodic and mournful masterpiece. Seeing as how the growls are gone, vocalist Aaron had to really find his cleans here, and they are pleasantly somber and melodramatic throughout.

The opening track is an easy highlight, with a roaring wall of guitar lead by marching piano scales that add a great urgency to the song, while Aaron’s vocals on the other hand sound entirely devoid of life. The album remains quality throughout, with more standard Gothic Doom songs making up the meat of the album. It ends on another fantastic note, “Your Shameful Heaven,” easily the most energetic and aggressive song here. The band goes from depressive to disturbing as both riffs and lyricism take on a more evil atmosphere, finishing the album off in triumphant darkness.

This thing became the standard against which Gothic Doom was measured, and for good reason. Every track here is of great quality, but there’s still decent variation running throughout. A fantastic run through negative emotion in a mature and poetic package.

MY DYING BRIDE The Manuscript

EP · 2013 · Doom Metal
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Later paired with The Barghest o' Whitby on the compilation The Vaulted Shadows, whereas the Barghest EP consisted of only one long track, this consists of a clutch of (comparatively) shorter songs which didn't quite make the cut for A Map of All Our Favours. With Shaun Macgowan's violin cutting a particularly haunting and beautiful air on the title track, this is an EP which finds the band deep in the gothic death-doom realm they defined with their early work and have further refined ever since, and refine further here. The quiet section at the end of the title track, in particular, feels like it's influenced somewhat by early Opeth, which feels new in My Dying Bride's sound.

I can only assume there was some thematic reason why they weren't included on Map of All Our Failures, because goodness knows the quality here is very solid - if not even stronger than that album.

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