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My Dying Bride : Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium

This ep was the first official MDB. release [note by editor: The 'God is Alone' EP was the first offical MDB. release. This was the first Peaceville release]. It contains three tracks, the title track being the longest and the most important one. This song has been very important for the development of the atmospheric doom death metal scene and it has influenced many musicians and bands because of the use of a violin.

The addition of this melancholic sounding instrument has made a good song excellent, as anyone who heard the (demo) version without violin (that can be found on the 'Meisterwerk I' compilation) can confirm. The epic, slow death metal riffing, combined with melancholic intermezzi, made this song so typical for the very own style of this band, that even after numerous other releases, everyone is still talking about it. And on their minitour with the Peacefest 2001, the song was played as an encore track and it was the final part of the set.

Next is the track called 'God is Alone', which is more of a death metal song: fast and brutal, though containing more melody and emotion than typical death metal usually does. This song is the title track of the MDB. release that drew Hammy's attention to this band and made him decide to sign them to his Peaceville Records label.

Last track on the EP is 'De Sade Soliloquay', a very slow doom-death song with some short faster parts. Aaron's grunts sound rough and brutal due to the rather low production, just like both of the guitars do. All this makes this release sounding energetic and very dark. Pure excellence!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium
2. God Is Alone
3. De Sade Soliloquay

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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