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My Dying Bride : Meisterwerk 2

Compilation albums are usually useless for fans of a certain band. The true fans already own most of the albums of the band anyway, so the only thing that might appeal to them, is the addition of some rare/unreleased tracks of the band to the 'best of'. Peaceville - having become true masters in promoting/advertising their bands after the split with Music For Nations - understood this very well and made certain that both 'best of' albums from My Dying Bride that were released this year, are a combination of both 'greatest hits' of the band's glorious past and some rare tracks.

First track on this compilation album is 'Sear me MCMXCIII' from the classic 'Turn Loose the Swans' album. This track is a romantic, non-metal darkwavesh masterpiece, and could certainly be in my top 10 of the all time favorite dark tracks. 'Follower' was an extra track from the Japanese version of '34,788%...Complete' (why do those little yellow people always get the extra tracks?). Those who read my review of this album know that it isn't exactly my all time favorite MDB. album, but this track stands pretty well on its own, although I personally think that this urge for experimentation and agony to sound 'modern', doesn't really fit with the sound of MDB..

Next is the demo version of 'Vast Choirs', a fast, sinister and sick track that was typical for this band's early sound. Then comes the excellent opener from 'The Light at the End of the World', 'She is the Dark'. 'Catching Feathers' is another example of sinister, sick, old-school My Dying Bride brutality. 'Two Winters Only' from 'The Angel and the Dark River' is a very representative example of the dark romanticism that has been the trademark of this band since long.

I don't need to introduce the next track 'Your River', one of the most popular MDB. tracks ever with its long, amazing intro and endless build up. A classic on its own! The last two tracks are two covers. It's nice to hear MDB. covering unconventional tracks from artists like Lee Hazelhood & Nancy Sinatra and Portishead, but I'm not completely satisfied. It's like eating a sandwich with marmelade and fish. I like them both, but only separately.

The addition of the decadent video of the track 'For You', makes me finally conclude that this compilation album is definately worth your money. After all.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
2. Follower
3. Vast Choirs
4. She is the Dark
5. Catching Feathers
6. Two Winters Only
7. Your River
8. Some Velvet Morning
9. Roads

Multimedia track:
For You (video)

Duration : Approx. 61 minutes

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