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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: 4.5/5

Review online: March 28, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Songs of Darkness, Words of Light

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

According to my book (Scott, Foresman Advanced Dictionary, Doubleday Edition), Doom: an unhappy or terrible fate; ruin or death. In Christian belief, the end of the world; God's final judgment of mankind... No one else understand more deeply this emotion than My Dying Bride and remain the leading authority in conveying such a devastating feeling with such intensity.

Songs of Darkness Words of Light is a highly seductive, intoxicating and utterly intense collection of emotional sonic impressions. The pace is slow, so is the development of the compositions, but it never becomes boring even if somewhat repetitive at times (they are allowed to, thus making sure the sorrow gets into your bones for ever). The vocal parts of Aaron are at its peak in either the clean tormented version or the death understandable form. The spoken British accent even adds an extra touch of grey in the decor. The guitar is, as always, awesome with the riffs defining the doom genre and the clean guitar doing a great job in turning the knife into the wounds so to speak, thus adding more painful joy in your tears... The opener "The Wreckage of My Flesh" is a pure masterpiece and the church organ used has a real electric funeral feel. While the intro of "My Wine in Silence" could be seen as more accessible, the guitar sound will haunt and follow you because it's going to be sealed in your mind, believe me. Another outstanding moment as we get close to the end of a tormented journey, is the appropriately called "And My Fury Stands Ready". Introduced by piano, beaten by heavy doom riffs, great spacy keys and a psychedelic musical interlude crafted by wave samplings, good bass parts, psyched keys , lead guitar echoing and the great British clean spoken words of Mr. Aaron. Then comes "A Doomed Lover", an amazing unhappy ending!

My Dying Bride played it safe by remaining true to what they came to master beyond competition.

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