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My Dying Bride : The Voice of the Wretched

My Dying Bride has got a long and doomy track record. Over the years they have built up an impressive discography, which so far has not really included a true live album. Of course there was the bonus 'Live at Dynamo Festival '95' disc with a re-release of 'The Angel and the Dark River' and have we been allowed to gasp upon their gig in Poland on their 'Darkest Eyes' video (and also the Dynamo performance + some extra live songs on the later DVD release). But a real live album did not see the light of day so far.

So, while rumours on the day of the gig where about, I was pretty surprised that when they finally released this live album that it was of a gig I actually attended! After spending a few listening sessions with my ear pressed closely to a speaker to see if I could hear myself on the disk, I decided give up on my vein enthusiasm and simply enjoy this release.

If I compare this to the rather weak recording of the Dynamo festival this disc is much better, and more professionally done. The band, unlike the '...Dynamo...' recording, were aware this time around that they were being recorded for possible publication, and gave the best they could. Of course the "age old" issue of the missing violin comes around the corner again, but all in all I think MDB. solved it tactfully with subtle keyboard use. It is not a big loss.

As the track list makes it clear, they covered most of their discography pretty well, although they did not play any songs from their debut album (first time ever I saw them not ending with 'The Forever People' as encore. Although I must admit it was the first time in 5 or more years I had seen them again). Still the band played a well-balanced set of both old and new songs.

Shamefully Peaceville did not manage to get the track-listing correct at the back of the CD. Something you would imagine is not that hard as Aaron even announces most songs! I have added the correct track numbers in our overview of the tracklist in brackets behind the song titles. In my humble opinion however, this is a very sloppy mistake from a label that has been re-releasing, releasing tons of best-off's and hardly releases any new material. Has the once mighty Peaceville now truly become a cash-in-label feeding of fans gullibility?

Regardless however of whatever motives Peaceville had with this release, the sound quality is good, there is a real live atmosphere and the track-list is highly enjoyable. As such I would consider this a worthy addition to the collection of any die-hard My Dying Bride fan. Of course if your are still struggling to get all their studio albums together, you might want to concentrate on that first.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. She is the Dark
2. The Snow in my hand *
3. The Cry of mankind
4. Turn Loose the Swans *
5. A cruel taste of winter
6. Under your wings and into your arms
7. A kiss to remember
8. Your River
9. The Fever Sea
10. Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium

* [note by admin.: In the tracklist printed on the back of the CD, 'Turn Loose the Swans' and 'The Snow in my hand' has mistakenly switched places. Thus in the actual tracklist, 'Turn Loose the Swans' is the second track and 'The Snow in my hand' is the fourth. The tracklist above is the erroneous one found on the back of the cover.]

Duration : Approx. 75 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Hate Your Guts Records
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