Classic! A word that can be associated with both the band MY DYING BRIDE as well as the album "Turn Loose The Swans". Being one of the biggest bands in the Doom metal genre, MY DYING BRIDE's flight to the top all started with their second full length record…
Doom Metal is all about dark, cold emotion. Whether it's achieved by melancholic heavy guitars and grunting, or slow, acoustic sad tones, it works prefectly on both occasions. The unique part of MY DYING BRIDE is that they have found the perfect combination of the both and molded it into a style of their own. Like previously stated, "Turn Loose The Swans" got this all started. In essence this album is dark and brooding. The haunting vocals of Aaron (mostly clean) are one of the major factors contributing to the enormous sadness on the record… but also the crying violins, romantic acoustic riffs, brooding heavy riffing, and occasional grunts… Darkness in it's truest form!
It all starts with the acoustic opener "Sear Me MCMXCIII", which is beautifully romantic. "Your River" is probably the best track on this record, with it's fantastic intro, great follow-up riff, and also displaying the grunt/ clean combination, something that on the previous track was only avaiable in the clean format. Anyway, jumping over "Songless Bird" to another fantastic song, "The Snow In My Hand", with a very predominant grunting passage, to the ultimate sadness that is "The Crown of Sympathy". The titletrack is another strong piece of MY DYING BRIDE (and is still played on live shows) and the record is finished off with the "Black God", which is the epitome of romance, the violins, spoken vocals, female vocals…!
Not only does MY DYING BRIDE kick off a new sub-genre here, they also give a pass to a new perfected style. It would take MY DYING BRIDE 6 years to return to the style from "Turn Loose The Swans" (don't get me wrong, "The Angel And The Dark River"and "Like Gods Of The Sun" are also fantastic, and "34.788% Complete" I haven't heard yet…*shame*), but this album was the dawn of a new era in which MY DYING BRIDE rules the planes of despair… No Doom Metal fan can live without "Turn Loose The Swans" and this might be one of those records that every Metalhead must have!
(Oh, and if you're wondering why not a higher grade… This is not MY DYING BRIDE at it's best, on "The Light At The End Of The World" they would perfect their style, to better it on "The Dreadful Hours". To keep things in perspective the grade of this is adapted to the grade I gave "The Light At The End Of The World"… but clear is that MY DYING BRIDE is a dimension of it's own) (Online July 12, 2002)