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Review: My Dying Bride - Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
My Dying Bride
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light

Label: Peaceville Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 59:17
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.3/5

Review online: October 16, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light

Rated 4.35/5 (87%) (20 Votes)

Utter sorrow and self-pity; complete despair and suicidal depression. I don't think I have ever heard music more gloomy and depressing than this. This album follows the same pattern that this type of music is known for, only that it gets more extreme in terms of sadness. "The Wreckage Of My Flesh" is an awesome and touching track and definitely the best the album has to offer. It is very heartfelt and I actually believe that he is as mournful in real life as he sounds in the music. The lyrics aren't exactly thought-provoking, but just enough to get you sympathizing for the man singing them. It just creates a hellish atmosphere. Scary, to say the least and hits the nail on the head bang on as far as what the song set out to do. The rest of the album doesn't quite deliver at that level of brilliance however.

My greatest beef with this disc is the growling. The death grunts are just too guttural and impossible to figure out if it is just a scream or if he is actually saying something. Furthermore, they don't accent the music at all. Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride have done death vocals in the past and I have nothing to complain about on previous recordings (of the ones I've heard anyway) but here, it just annoys me anytime those vocals come on. The narration bits are cool though, and again serve perfectly well with creating the bleak atmosphere of the disc. Riffs are good as well and are quite catchy for the most part.

I think most people will be able to get into this album given a few tries as it is not too unfriendly. Well it is, but it is also very captivating so it does definitely have the hallmarks of a stand out record. Very well written and heartfelt music and played to perfection. Fans of the band, or doom metal in general might like this more than I did.

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