It is grey and dark. The autumn storms are driving the dark grey, almost black broiling mass of clouds forward, so low that you could almost see them brush the treetops, while they unload their wet load, making the scenery look even gloomier than before. The wall of rain takes away nature's last colours and slowly the shroud of autumn lowers over the skeletons of the leafless trees.
All hope seems lost, any memories of the sun and its warmth have been blown away by the relentless winds. A feeling of desolation, both visual as emotional is spreading within you...
Who really is in this situation, do NOT listen to "The Dreadful Hours", I can guarantee you, you will not survive the day. MY DYING BRIDE's latest album again is autumn turned sound, dark, melancholic and sad. Thankfully I can say that the gruesome experiments of "34,788%...Complete" have been laid to rest for good and that they are continuing down the path that they have turned on with "Light At The End Of The World".
The dark-elegiac minor-harmonies and -melancholies are going along with, just like on the last album, surprising heaviness, but do not only pick up, where the predecessor had left off, but despite the masterful combination of the two elements manage to put even more contrast into the sound. Also Aaron Stainthorpe's unmistakeable vocals bear this in them, because apart from his inimitable wails there also are a lot more aggressive passages, in which the Death Metal-past comes to the fore again.
Take "The Dreadful Hours", "The Raven And The Rose" or the hopelessness turned sound "My Hope The Destroyer" as tips, just like the re-recording of "Return To The Beautiful" off the "As The Flower Withers"-album.
All, who have loved MDB so far can get this album without even listening first, who has hated the band so far now has one more reason to hate them, with all its quality. And should any manic-depressive among you still decide to listen to "The Dreadful Hours", I hope that you'll survive the 70 minutes, "The Metal Observer" takes no liability for any possible damage after listening to this album!