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My Dying Bride - A Map of All Our Failures,
This review is from: A Map Of All Our Failures (Audio CD)
Fans of My Dying Bride will feel right at home with this album, it has everything you expect and want from the masters of Doom Metal. Powerful guitar and drum combos as well as lamenting violins. The vocals are mostly Aaron Stainthorpe's classic half-spoken words, but there are some death growls too.
If you have heard the opening track "Kneel Till Doomsday" online already, it will give you a pretty accurate taste of the whole record. Compared to previous (at least more recent) albums from the band, there are parts that seem more raw and brutal here, not unlike the EP "The Barghest O Whitby" (2011). So I'd call the sound a more beastly version of "For Lies I sire" (2009), the latest full length.
The tracks that stand out are "Kneel Till Doomsday", "The Poorest Waltz", and "Hail Odysseus". I found parts of a couple of the other songs somewhat too slow and uneventful, but they grow on you after hearing them a few more times. And mostly they turn into something really interesting after a while. There are definitely some cool new melodies and sounds in these songs. But like I stated from the start, it's very familiar as MDB.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2012 22:33:31 BDT
Christina Cobain says:
Sure, some songs did have to grow. I mean, the first time I listened to the album, I liked it, but it was a bit... 5/10.. maybe? But on subsequent listens, those uneventful / safe songs turned into something different in my mind and they really sounded a lot better. Now I'd give it a 8 or 9 / 10. Better than the last two albums, but not quite on par with Songs of Darkness, Words of Light.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2012 08:31:25 BDT
Johan Klovsjö says:
Yeah, it did have to grow a bit from the first listen, but yeah it did! I also love the title track and "Abandoned as Christ", great stuff.
I like the previous two albums a lot too, I would probably give them all 4/5. My favourites are The Angel and the Dark River (my first MDB record, still standing strong!), The Dreadful Hours, and Songs of Darkness, Words of Light.
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