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My Dying Bride : 34.788%...Complete

Like I think every other My Dying Bride fan I was shocked when I first heard '34,788%...Complete'. What had happened to the band that basically introduced me to the Doom-metal genre? Like many fans I was sad, disappointed and angry. However as time passed I noticed a change in my attitude. This CD actually wasn't even half-bad, in fact it was pretty darn good!

'34,788%...Complete' is a highly experimental album that has little to do with the old sound of My Dying Bride. Post-modern angst has taken the place of dark romanticism. With the departure of Martin the violin went and in its place we have strange noises, samples and keyboards. However it is not true the music is it not doomy anymore. Yes, the nature of the songs has changed but there are doomy bits all over the place. Now you just have to look a little harder.

Wonderful tracks like 'The Stance of Evander Sinque' or 'Apocalypse Woman' are brilliant tracks the band can be proud of. The strange track 'Herion Chic' is possibly the best track on the entire album. Although most people despise this TripHop track in the tradition of a band like Portishead I find it very original and refreshing.

One could say that My Dying Bride should not have released this album under their own name but by doing so I think they have released a My Dying Bride album that grew out to be one of my personal favourites. No, it is nothing like their older or newer work but that is the charm of this album. It keeps challenging and surprising you.

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 Aldo Quispel
Aesthetic Death
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