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My Dying Bride : 34.788%...Complete

After 'The Angel and the Dark River' it became clear that My Dying Bride opted for a more atmospheric, catchy sound. Aaron chose to use only his normal vocals and he put aside his amazing grunt. But up to 'Like Gods of the Sun' the band managed to keep most elements of their music intact: heavy, melancholic guitar riffs, awesome violin work, poetic lyrics and an overall pessimistic atmosphere.

I still remember the first time I listened to '34,788%...Complete'. It is pretty safe to say that it was a kind of unreal experience. First I thought that there was a mistake, that they had put the wrong CD in the box. Unfortunately, it appeared to be My Dying Bride's new work. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears, because here we had a complete transformation of a band. The artwork was flashy and "modern", the lyrics seemed to deal with hookers, pimps and lonely losers. The violin was gone, because Martin Powell left the band, but even worse was the fact that they thought to compensate this with a completely different sound, full of samples, distorted vocals and a trendy atmosphere. Where were the sad and threatening atmosphere, the poetic lyrics, the doom elements in their sound?

Actually, only some parts in 'The Stance of Evander Sinque', 'Under Your Wings and into Your Arms' and 'The Whore, the Cook and the Mother' remind vaguely of their glorious past, but songs like the triphop track 'Heroin Chic' sound like an unnecessary attempt to experiment into musical styles that are too different and distant from My Dying Bride's music.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Whore, The Cook and the Mother
2. The Stance of Evander Sinque
3. Der Uberlebende
4. Heroin Chic
5. Apocalypse Woman
6. Base Level Erotica
7. Under Your Wings and into Your Arms

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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