Ladies and gentlemen, BRIDE is back with another CD filled with doom and gloom. I know that true BRIDE fans are really critical and passionate at the same time about their work. The one thing that BRIDE is consistent about is that their work is very moody. “The Wreck Of My Flesh” is a slow miserypiece filled with slow and sludge driven guitars, haunting chapel like keyboards and drab vocals that will make you want to slit your wrist at your first listen. The vocals from Aaron are very clean and I know that hardcore fans may cringe since they prefer the old growls, but everyone has to mature at some point, right?
The guitar work sounds very passionate even though they move at a slug’s pace and the drums can be thunderous at times. Everyone knows how this band is when it comes to their compositions and “The Scarlet Garden” is no exception. The use of violins that they are known for on previous albums continues to show up here. The haunting chants continue to reign supreme as well and the song is just as long and sluggish as the opener. This track is very dramatic to say the least. Things pick up like the old days with “Catherine Blake”. The thick and fast double bass drumming complimented with Aaron's old school growls are in full swing here. People who remembered their previous work in the 90's will be satisfied when they hear this.
I think it will be at this point where BRIDE fans will truly rejoice. More sounds from the past resurface with “The Prize Of Beauty.” The thunderous drumming continues to roll and the haunting keyboards continue to give the band's sound that extra drab feel. “Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light” is a CD that bridges the gap between old and new. Some fans may rejoice over this while others continue to gripe about how they sold out many years back and haven't looked back since. You will have to ultimately decide. All of the key elements that made this band what they are today continues to exist here: haunting keyboards, sluggish guitar work, heavy drumming, violins and clean and growly vocals.
There are some melodies inserted here, but you will have to listen closely to find them, as they are no that obvious to point out. All in all, this is a noteworthy release. (Online April 9 2004)