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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000056Q1T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
My Dying Bride, Yorkshires most prolific dark band no doubt. This album is often touted as their masterpiece and deserves to be so called. From the first track "Sear Me" it begins with a baroque-style instrument and builds gradually to a slow, withering song, lamenting love. The first half of the album follows suit with this until about the fourth track where Aarons' vocals really shine, moving from mournful croons to a deep death grunt style, the best track showing this has to be the title track, the lyrics really do come alive.
A staple purchase for anyone who purports to like music of a heavy nature, a beautiful opus that really deserves to be heard!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
their best 2 May 2005
By Justin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this album is absolutely great, and was my first proper doom record. upon the release of this album, my dying bride lost their overt death metal aproach in favor of a more varried mixture of styles. some parts sound like pure death metal and some like gothic, and in other spots like pure doom, but in general it is a good mixture. the album starts with the long cold 'sear me MCMXCIII,' a kind of intro track with great electric violin and spoken vocals over a minimal keyboard melody. from here the album decends into massive doom with 'your river,' an great song with a keyboard intro, a slow doomy section with clean vocals, and finally ending in a crunching death/doom manor with growled vocals. this kind of an approach is observed over most of the album, with 'the crown of sympathy' having no growls, and the title track being a mostly extreme affair with crushing riffs. the album ends in about the same way it begins, with another spoken/violin gothic song, this time with clean vocals. while a lot of bands have come after them, none have captured the romantic feeling in death doom nearly as well as my dying bride did, especially on this album. i cannot say enough about the electric violin, which while is not technically perfect (the production on it is not perfect for example) it gives a strong unorthodox feel. great album, one of the best of the ninties.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tragic and Epic Gothic Beauty 22 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THIS is what Gothic Music is all about...dark, romantic, poetic, moving, emotional, and simply grandiose. Granted, the common Sisters of Mercy -esque dancebility is not here, but nor are the cliches that are taking away the atmosphere and aesthetic of Goth culture. In stead are dark melodies that will moisten your eyes and eloquent lyrics that will make you think...and FEEL. The penmanship of Aaron's lyrics are remarkable and the band's musicianship is godly. This is the band at their finest hour. This is profound music to entrance and serenade you, and most of all touch you. By far, THE essential Gothic band...try 3rd & The Mortal, early Anathema, and Theatre Of Tragedy, and Attrition, Dead Can Dance, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Current 93, and Death in June for more exquisite melancholic beauty.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Turn Loose The Swans 26 Sept. 2000
By "reaven" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Someone compared My Dying Bride to Dead Can Dance?? Why?? Anyway, when this CD was released, I was really glad to hear that Martin (keyboards/violin) was made a actual member of the band. I like the violin and keyboard work above the other instruments, even though My Dying Bride is an overall very talented band. I was also quite upset when he left after Like Gods of the Sun and the band started to go downhill. This CD is very intense from start to finish, with the romantic first track, Sear Me MCMXCIII (roman numeral for 1993), to the Christ-questioning last track, Black God. The best songs on the album, in my opinion are: Sear Me MCMXCIII, Your River, The Snow in My Hand, and, of course, The Crown of Sympathy, Turn Loose the Swans, and Black God. Which covers the whole album except for one song which is also good but not as good as the others! It's a must for the MDB fan and if you are a fan and don't have it, there's something not right!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thee #1 Doom Metal Masterpiece 9 Sept. 2004
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And an album that truly merits 5 stars! Martin Powell makes this album with his great keyboard and violin playing. "Black God" is one of the best songs ever written.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A masterpiece of hopelessness and heartbreak! 22 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Do not listen to this record on a good day! For it will drench your spirit in hopelessness and heartbreak the moment you put it in and press the Play button. I found myself really relating to this album one evening while watching a relationship that I held near and dear crumble into rubble. No other album, metal or otherwise, captured my sorrowful feelings more than this album did.
My Dying Bride's themes of sexuality, lost relationships, and the dark side of religion echo loudly on this album, as with all their albums. The music is beautifully composed and performed, and the violin adds to the "tragic romantic" mood of the music and lyrics in a serene and sensuous way.
I highly recommend this album as a coping tool for those going through major tragedy in their lives.
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