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My Dying Bride : The Angel and the Dark River

This album of the super doom-metal band My Dying Bride is, according to many people, one of the best they ever made. It was the album right after their classic 'Turn Loose the Swans'. There are remarkable differences between those two albums, though. Aaron put his grunts aside (it will not be until their album 'The Light at the End of the World' before he digs them up again), the guitars are slightly less heavy and also the production of this album is much clearer and finer than on their previous one.

The album features six songs, lasting for 52 minutes. It is thus very clear that we let ourselves be engulfed by long, slow and epic tracks of the deepest melancholic doom when listening to this album. 'The Cry of Mankind', 'From Darkest Skies', ' A Sea to Suffer in'... All very melancholic songs, in which Aaron tries to show us the dark side of life. In which he succeeds without any problem, if you ask me.

This music bleeds melancholy, the words invoke pure sadness. Martin Powell's violin playing reaches almost divine beauty. It is the best imaginable incorporation of the fragile string sounds into the rougher metal sound produced by the guitars. The band set very high standards to themselves and to the genre of doom-metal in general after the release of 'Turn Loose the Swans'. This release shows their talent by living up to those standards and even putting the standards higher. A real milestone indeed and an absolute must for the collection of any self-respecting doom-metal fan.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Cry of Mankind
2. From Darkest Skies
3. Black Voyage
4. A Sea to Suffer In
5. Two Winters Only
6. Your Shameful Heaven

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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