|This tape proved to be the birth of the mighty My Dying Bride, the band that was to become the most well known doom metal band around. Half of this demo though, are two plain death metal songs, which is not surprising considering that death metal ruled the scene back then. Note that there is no Adrian Jackson or Martin Powell on this demo; they were to join the band later on.|
The production is, typical for a demo, very vague, with loud and amazingly dark and evil keyboards which give an extra feel to the tracks. Andrew's guitars sound terrible, so does that solo in 'Vast Choirs'. The lyrics are obviously anti-religious, written by the young Aaron Stainthorpe. He was also influenced by a number of other sources, as you can find some lyrics in Latin.
'Towards the Sinister' opens up with an eight and a half minute long version of 'Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium', featuring the (then) somewhat new and unusual doomy atmosphere and slower tempo. The next song, 'Vast Choirs', is - if I am not mistaken - the first song My Dying Bride ever made. A more polished version can be found on their debut album. Aaron's grunts throughout the recording are very deep and well performed.
I assume any real fan of the band already has some kind of a copy of this demo, but I really think any fan of the genre should own this one. What happened after this demo? The band got first signed on the French label Listenabe, and then on Peaceville... and the rest is history.
1. Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium
2. Vast Choirs
3. The Grief of Age
4. Catching Feathers
Duration : Approx. 24 minutes
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