What is it about Yorkshire that inspires such gloom?
Despite stiff competition from Paradise Lost's immense "Gothic," and Anathema's "The Silent Enigma", this record is certainly the pinnacle of 90's Doomdeath; this scene is probably now more familiar as the Gothic Metal genre.
This record will appeal to a fan of MDB's other albums or the early work of the "softer" Gothic artists mentioned before and aped by more commercial female-fronted acts. Fans of Doom or dirgey Black Metal may also find the dismal and downbeat pace, mixed with deathly guitar tone inviting. Those who enjoy orchestral BM such as Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth fans will be attracted to the orchestral feeling and use of various voices, not to mention darkly romantic themes.
What to expect:
1) A mixture of cracked-voice singing, muttering and deathly growls,
2) Slow, heavy riffs with a great sense of (melo)drama, inbuing the whole affair with a very profound sadness,
3) Violin! Martin augments the guitar riffs either with ethereal sighs or by adding a shrill note of panic to the proceedings. Essentially, you get four very typical MDB tunes "You River" "The Snow in my Hand" the brilliant "The crown of Sympathy" and the majestic and frightening title track. These are sandwiched between slightly more experimental fare "Sear Me 1993" and "Black God" which may or may not appeal on a first listen, but are essential to the feel of the LP.
Production-values-wise, this isn't perfect, and it is certainly a record of its time, but even considering this, "TLTS" is an essential classic.