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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B000293NF8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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My Dying Bride formed in the summer of 1990, and after only 6 months of writing together released the now legendary demo 'Towards The Sinister'. Progress continued apace with the release of their first 7' single 'God Is Alone' for French label Listenable. The single sold out almost immediately causing eager whispers in the underground, bringing them to the attention of Peaceville Records, who offered the band a deal. 'As The Flower Withers' was My Dying Bride's debut album on Peaceville. Released in May 1992, and limited to only 2000 copies, 'As The Flower Withers' received chart positions and rave reviews in all major music magazines.

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This is a very difficult album to review in a balanced way. 'As the Flower Withers' is undoubtedly an influential, atmospheric slab of unique death/doom, yet it is also undoubtedly a dated, poorly recorded slab of haphazard death/doom, wherein lies all its charms and repellants. As the first MDB album it clearly has a few songwriting wrinkles that are yet to be ironed out, but those idiosyncracies made the album a milestone in the early development of the genre. As such, it sometimes works very well and sometimes quite poorly, and has dated in a way not unlike doom/death peers Anathema's 'Serenades' album, also released in the early '90s. We thus end up with an album that sounds much older than its release date, which is only partly intentional.

The combination of instruments and the atmosphere that they generate make 'As the Flower Withers' sound like a blast of foetid air from the Middle Ages. Vocals are always gruff, tortured, and ragged; however, this rarely renders them indecipherable, except when they are pronouncing Latin words (I am assuming a limited general knowledge of Latin), which is naturally an aging factor. The guitars are heavily distorted, very deep (MDB were one of the first bands to regularly tune down to C and below), and are usually utilised at minimum pace, which seems to exaggerate an everyday toil and struggle that wouldn't be out of place in your average labourer or (I'm going by the lyrics here) monk. The slow riffs are more emotionally than physically crushing, playing in a mournful, melodic style, usually with both guitars contributing layers of the riff.
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HASH(0x95a2af24) out of 5 stars Sear Me... 15 Sept. 2007
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Amazing first album from MDB. Death with Doomy tempos at the perfect level. MDB was one of the premier acts from the underground english scene around 1990, their first stuff it's intense and catchy Death Metal with a Doomy twist that inmediatelly caught the attention of record labels just with the first demo tape Towards the Sinister. With the ATFW, the band get involve with a topics that maximize into the second album Turn Loose the Swans that are really outsatanding and defined the original MDB style. If you are into clean and killer Death Metal this one is the masterpiece of MDB, but they get more into violins and piano fusion with decapitating riffs and growling vocals around an ambient of down feelings and artisctic performance that made them masters from their second album. The Forever People rules! This digipack version got a bonus live track that it's like the fly on the milk, the sound is awful, what a shame...
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HASH(0x973da948) out of 5 stars There first and most brutal 5 May 2012
By UncleCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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My dying bride is a doom metal band but this album sounds like mostley death metal thats not a bad thing because the songs are long and epic.Sometimes the songs get slow thin pick up pace which is cool for some people.Best song on here is "the forever people".As the flower withers is a great album by my dying bride. fans of MDB should check it out.
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HASH(0x96e0af9c) out of 5 stars Read between the lines 27 Feb. 2009
By J. Tourettes - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll have to admit, I have this album burned. But, needless to say, it certainly manages to deliver a very dark [if somewhat classical and romantic] side of pure EVIL. From the opening instrumental, "Silent Dance", to the previously unreleased closing track [part of Bitterness and Bereavement], it is literally like taking a dark ride to hell and back. The chunky, downtuned guitars and thundering double-bass drums right away tell you that you're in for a cold, bitter, and epic album that should be played at a funeral. After all, this band helped fire up the doom metal movement. The Latin used in some of the songs on here at times CAN be a little hard to decypher. But I go to a site called darklyrics.com to translate [as well as read the lyrics to ALL my favorite underground bands. The incredibly ideal place to play this album would be at a very isolated cemetery, in the coldest of the winter. But this album is JUST THE BEGINNING for THIS band. Don't take my word for it, buy it. Don't burn it like I did. If you are only happy when it rains, then dig in to the darkness that is My Dying Bride.
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HASH(0x95a2db28) out of 5 stars Early Dark Metal 2 Dec. 2014
By lewis sinclair - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a little disappointed in the last releases from the band as they battle not to become the usual caving into more moderate sounds band. It was good to go back and hear what made us love the band and all their darkness.
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HASH(0x9649ee40) out of 5 stars awesome DOOM METAL!!!!!!!!!! 8 Aug. 2013
By guitar shredder - Published on Amazon.com
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I BOUGHT THIS CD IN 1995 ON TAPE.
FIRST TIME I HEARD DOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I THINK ILL ORDER THE NEWEST ONE IN TWO WEEKS
I LIKE THIS TYPE OF MUSIC ON GUITAR!
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