First off, if you're not already a big fan of My Dying Bride, avoid this album like the plague. Firstly, its not actually an album, its a collection of three of the band's early eps, rereleased all together. This actually works out as a serious plus, as none of these eps are possible to get hold of nowadays unless you're very lucky. Also its very nice to have some of the band's oldest and most classic music repackagesd nicely for newer fans such as myself. Anyway, I have to confess that about 2/3 of the music on here is dire. There are songs on here such as "God is alone" "Le Cerf Malade" and "Gather me up forever" that you can really understand why they are fairly obscure. There is also a tragic remix of "The crown of sympathy". This is a good song, if exremely odd and quite hard to get into, with long, stretching sections of stripped down keyboards and so on, but a classic. Unfortunately the remix just makes it sound ridiculous. I don't really understand why a band like MDB would even consider remixing their songs in the first place.
On the other hand, this collection does harbour 2 or 3 absolute classics, which it is hard to find anywhere else. "Symphonaire Infernus et spera empyrium" is a majestic classic of unsurpassed beauty and perfection. It contains some of the most beautfully delicate violin playing even by MDB's standards and some quite impressively heavy guitars. It is quite long and unbelievably odd but in some ways it is one of the best songs of a very long and successful career. "The Thrash of Naked Limbs" is an absolute classic and is performed live on the older of their 2 DVDs. Finally, "I am the bloody earth" is an important piece of MDB history and good in places. Basically, this is only worth buying for fairly hardcore MDB fans, or if you're into their older, heavier and doomier music. Buy it for "Symphonaire" alone if you haven't heard it. This is an interesting insight into MDB's early career but not necessary, and if you're a newer fan or just looking into them, I suggest "the angel and the dark river" for a musically perfect classic or "The Dreadful Hours" for a more accessible yet fantastically dark taste of their more recent material.