Feb 24, 2012

My Dying Bride - 34.788% Complete ...

As stated once before, every band (or at least most bands) have a point in their career where they change and/or experiment which always causes an issue with the bulk of their core fan base. This happened to Paradise Lost on 'One Second' and to Avernus on '...of the Fallen. After My Dying Brides' style defining album 'Turn Loose the Swans' they significantly lessened their deathlier side and opted for a more tradition yet highly original Doom Metal sound. This has often and wrongly been confused for Gothic Metal when there's absolutely nothing "Gothic" about it. This album is many things to many people but one thing that no one can deny is that it left its mark on the Metal underground.

This is a curious and sprawling release. The production is excellent and as such, helps to bring out the ponderous nature of this work. The guitars sound as if the are tuned to standard, but they remain heavy all the same. The bands trademarked drawn out guitar dirges and crunchy riffs are here, but in a new light. This is the album where MDB learned how to reinvent themselves while staying true to their original vision. There are no solos, but the riffs and leads are memorable.

The bass follows the guitars for the most part deviating here and there. The drumming is somewhat standard, but in the bands classic form, creative and complimentary to the music. Martin left after 'Like Gods of the Sun' and his loss is felt as there is no violin and the keyboards are missing his trademarked influence but the music doesn't suffer for it.

The vocals are decent at best with Aaron opting for a more clean/spoken word approach. His lyrics are deep and abstract for the most part. There is some humor as well specifically on the song "Heroin Chic" where he intelligently mocks the European drug scene. The only real complaint would be that the "foul language" is fuzzed out on this song. This could be a joke however as it is fairly amusing. There is also a female vocalist sharing duties on this track. This track is also interesting as its very trip-hoppy and ambient while during the choruses and various verses it’s undeniably heavy Doom Metal.

The last track on this is more in the vein of older MDB but still unique to this recording. This album has a rather odd atmosphere to it, drifting between ponderous to creepy and from sexy to odd. There is a lot going on if you pay attention. This album warrants several listens!

This album is an accomplishment in the fact that it's so different from anything the bands done before or since. Pure experimental Doom at its finest. This is truly a masterful work of art that they need to revisit at some point in their illustrious career. This is one of the best experimental Doom Metal albums ever. Even the album's art work is different as it’s perhaps their most modern to date. It only adds to this odd little gem. This is a must have for any true MDB/Doom Metal fan. This gets a 10/10.


My Dying Bride Official Website


  1. Are you sure you got the right album? This is the worst album MDB ever did. Surely no more than a 3/10.

  2. :g: Is this written by the Grimdoom from Metal Archives that creams himself over every death-doom album with his predictable reviews? No offense but your reviews reeked of bias and this review highlights more than most. This is a "average" My Dying Bride" album at best and only a real fan-boy would make so much of an effort to make a weak album sound good. I know a few Bride fans and I have never heard anyone say, "this is a great album." This review is way off base, even for a obvious biased fan like yourself.


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