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My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River (9/10) - Great Britain - 1995

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Peaceville Records
Playing time: 60:22
Band homepage: My Dying Bride


  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
  7. The Sexuality Of Bereavement
My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River

Sadness - melancholy - autumn - those are attributes that shoot through your head when listening to "The Angel And The Dark River".

There isn't much left of the Death Metal of their beginnings, Dark Metal should fit the sound of the Britons fairly well, because if it is something, then dark. The twelve-plus-minute opener "The Cry Of Mankind" alone, with an almost hypnotising riff, which more or less is the alpha and omega of the song without getting to your nerves, masterly combines the melancholic riffs, emotional vocals and sad atmosphere that makes even the glaring sun feel cold somehow.

MY DYING BRIDE manage to create their own world, completely separate from reality, a world of sadness, of melancholy, of lost hope. The following "From Darkest Skies" is almost predestined for this, starting out with a violin, which in its simplicity is incredibly effective, in combination with Aaron's voice and the slow-paced rhythm it builds an atmosphere, which would suit any funeral, and when the organ sets in, the almost sacral atmosphere is perfect!

Then after "Black Voyage" has invited us to a journey through pure Doom, which saws at you with the violin and presses you down with its mood, you sink in "A Sea To Suffer in", which bears a few faster, ehm, less slow parts within itself.

A lone acoustic guitar marks the beginning of "Two Winters Only", accompanied by Aaron's elegiac voice, before the full instrumentarium sets in after about four minutes. "Your Shameful Heaven" then is introduced by an even more lonely violin, to give way to the heaviest and also fastest song of "The Angel And The Dark River". The roots are showing through, quite fast mid-tempo (so for MY DYING BRIDE Speed), more aggressive guitars than on all of the other tracks and less melancholia in Aaron's voice…

And when you are lucky enough to own the DigiPak, then you'll get eight more minutes with "The Sexuality Of Bereavement", which is purest Doom, complete with violin and Death Metal-vocals...

A masterpiece of melancholy, who stands before suicide, "The Angel And The Dark River" is the push in front of the gorge, the finger on the trigger…

Alexander Melzer

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