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  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B0001A0RA2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Wreckage Of My Flesh
2. The Scarlet Garden
3. Catherine Blake
4. My Wine In Silence
5. The Prize Of Beauty
6. Blue Lotus
7. And My Fury Stands Ready
8. A Doomed Lover

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Craig McLaughlin on 5 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
The problem with My Dying Bride is that my expectations are always obscenely high for everything they release. I expect it to be the best album of the year! This sort of expectation, more often than not, only leads to disappointment (at least with other bands).

"Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" is My Dying Bride's 8th studio album. When I first came across the band in the early nineties, I'm pretty sure I would have done anything at all to make the band successful enough to last this long. What's even more impressive is the fact that every one of the bands releases (15 in all!) have been released through Peaceville. It's rare that this sort of loyalty (from both parties) is displayed in this day and age.

Let's talk about the album. This is one dark recording! From the very outset, "The Wreckage of my Flesh" displays a real fierce darkness. A sort of brooding menace, that hardly declines for the entire album. The first track is truly awesome, and a great sign of things to come. My Dying Bride really know how to start their albums, always using the first few minutes to create the exact sort of mood and atmosphere that they want to encapsulate the next hour or so. There is never any doubt who you are listening to, which is one of the amazing things about this UK outfit. They sound truly unique, and have done so for over ten years.

Other than the darkness that I mentioned previously, "Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" follows on from "The Dreadful Hours" without changing the formula too much. Don't expect any big surprises, just expect doom/death epic tracks that pull at your heart-strings and crush you simultaneously, without ever moving into cheesy gothic territory. While other bands using keyboards can move into this territory, My Dying Bride is just so heavy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. O on 10 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Thank you MDB. This is the MDB album I've been waiting for. This beats even The Dreadful Hours. The whole feeling that goes through this album is incredible. First time I heard it..it was ok...second and third time..it blew away the "ok". This Powerful darkness balanced with passionate anger and beauty. I never did like TLATEOTW very much, but when The Dreadful Hours came..I knew something was again on the rise. And this is just the album that proves it. My Dying Bride is dying better than ever. This is Dark Monumental Doom Metal at its best..I've listened to this album for 3 weeks now. And it still hasn't left my cd player. For the first time I like everything about a MDB album. Except the artwork that is...it's not bad, but I have enough cds with that kind of artwork. But who the hell cares..it's the music that counts.
This is not commercial at all...this is just friggin lovable darkness!
This album opens great..continues brilliantly...and ends masterfully. I'm not sure I can wish for more from this group. If you think you like or liked My Dying Bride in the past...buy this album. You simply will never regret it! The extra stuff that comes with this limited edition is nice...it doesn't mean much to me though...but I'm happy I bought it..since it's great to have a great album with a different wrapping.
Cheers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Warren Doyle on 22 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
How miserable can music get? I don't think I've heard an album as dark and mournful as "Songs of darkness, words of light". It's wonderful, I've always enjoyed more than anything within metal music to listen to the most downbeat and depressing albums. This album is truely one of the most depressing ever. I think only Paradise Lost or Katatonia could write anything as moody as this.
Aaron's voice ouzes sadness and despair, with a terrific growl whenever he feels suited. The album is heavily guitar drenched, moreso than "The Dreadful Hours" which I think "Songs of darness..." just about matches. Excellent, if sparse keyboard work, Adrian's typically subtle yet ominous basswork and of course Shaun's brilliant drum work fuse to make an album that many people I suspect will find more difficult to appreciate compared to earlier My Dying Bride releases. A close listen reveals music of rather more complexity than previously produced by this band.
Highlights? Numerous. "My wine in silence" is a beautifully mournful, calm song. It sends chills up my spine. "Catherine Blake" is my favourite song musically, possibly my favourite on the album. "The wreckage of my flesh", the opener, presents one of the albums best riffs during the verses, and "Blue Lotus" is quite morbid and brilliantly executed.
Fans of My Dying Bride should definately pick this up. In my opinion it could be a crossover between "Like gods of the sun" and "The Dreadful Hours". But be warned, endless misery lies within, that which could only come out of England!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Paknadel on 13 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm incredibly new to My Dying Bride as a band - this was the first album I heard about a month ago. But personally, I fell in love instantly. I have yet to find any major flaws with this album.
This band have the most incredible range I have ever heard, ranging from beautifully entwined guitar work and delicate, emotional vocals to a wall of sound complete with growls and distortion all within the space of one song ('Catherine Blake'). The use of keyboards is equisite; just enough to add a depth and atmosphere without saturation.
I couldn't pick a best track on this album, as each stands out for a different reason. Opener 'The Wreckage Of My Flesh' is a bleak and hopeless affair lyrically, with the music complementing this perfectly. Elsewhere, 'My Wine In Silence' works amazingly well as a simpler, cleaner ode to love lost. 'The Prize of Beauty' is perfectly constructed, as is 'The Scarlet Garden'. The ability of this band to create 7 or more minute songs that still leave you wanting more at the end of them bears testament to their musical worth and ability. 'My Fury Stands Ready' is brilliantly brutal, with the poetic language and stripped sounscape of the mid-section providing the best contrast to add even more weight to this.
In short, you would be doing yourself a huge favour to buy this album. There's nothing else to say but that.
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