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Turn Loose the Swans

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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: 324,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Classic 20 Jun. 2004
By Brian Skala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is truely a gem and work of art. It's a great cd to listen from start to finish, sit down and close your eyes to and be aborbed by the depression, the intensity, the emotion and the beauty. If you've never heard My Dying Bride or just don't own a cd by them this is a good place to start. It should be in everyone's cd collection. They are one of the best bands of all time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for your doom! 8 May 2007
By ceffalo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Doom metal is kind of like what Black Sabbath did with their song "Black Sabbath." Slow, heavy, depressing, frightening. "Turn Loose the Swans" is all that. It is a tremendous album and a must for those who want something more than initiate heavy metal. I cannot recommend this one enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic 30 July 2016
By Rob Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember this disc was handed to me by Kam Lee (Massacre) back in early 90's. I played it over and over again.. I will say it explores quite a variety of styles and change ups to which I knew like the back of my hand back then. Tossing this gem in the cart as I havent listened to it in decades. Ive read the other reviews and all of them are right on point. GIve this one a listen to if your into to this type of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best doom-metal has to offer 2 Feb. 2004
By Ilya Malafeyev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
2 word review: eternal masterpiece.
This is My Dying Bride's finest hour. The musical achievement that dozens of other bands tried to beat, but always failed. This is the epitome of depressive, sorrow, hopeless doom-metal.
After their full-length debut, that was heavily influenced by death-metal, My Dying Bride introduced several new elements to their sound, that made this record such an outstanding experience. First, they welcomed Martin Powell, who played violins and keyboard on the debut, as a full-time band-member, thus giving him plenty of playing time, and, obviously, more involvement in songwriting. Then Aaron introduced us to his clean singing. He has a very emotional voice, ranging from deep gothic tones, to sombre quiet singing, to tortured moaning, to whispering. Yet the growling is also present here. And finally, MDB added more of their medieval romantic touch to the sound. My Dying Bride don't stick to verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-chorus songwriting formula. Instead the music takes its time to develop (songs here average at over 8 minutes), pleasing our ears with unearthly melodies, oppressing us with hooky guitar riffs, and crushing our minds with powerful almost deathly chords. These elements are weaved seamlessly to produce one of the most emotionally involving music records I've ever listened to.
The album begins with stunningly innovative "Sear Me MCMXCIII". Piano chords accompany violin, and Aaron sings deeply his sorrow lyrics. There's nothing else, just the piano, the violin, and the voice. The sorrow induced by this song is hard to surpass. (And I've searched through countless records for something similar until I found the band Elend. But that's another story). Timeless classics this song is.
"Your River" begins in a similar key, with long melodic guitar intro, going through multiple theme changes. Melodics with clean singing change to death-style growl and riffs towards the end of the song, and it ends on an aggressive note.
"The Songless Bird" starts as an up-tempo gothic-doom song. Again, it goes through doom-metal, then the death-metal section, and ends just as it begun.
"The Snow in My Hand" is perhaps the most depressive song of the album. It's painfully slow, and Aaron Stainthorpe's vocals torture your ears with their hopeless tones. Even the somewhat deathly section in the middle doesn't add life to this emotionally draining song.
The album culminates with "The Crown of Sympathy". It wouldn't be possible to describe this 12-minute epic, only to say that it's very melodic, and again seamlessly goes through all the above mentioned elements of death, doom and gothic. What little mental life you had after "The Snow in My Hand", you'll lose during this track.
Then "Turn Loose the Swans" shakes you up a bit with it's somewhat violent death-metal approach. It has mild section in the middle, but generally this is the most aggressive song here.
And finally, "Black God", a song similar to "Sear Me MCMXCIII", only that it also has synthesizers and female vocals contributing to the experience.
Ultimate sorrow dwells over Earth after you've taken the experience that My Dying Bride offers here. Aaron's imaginative symbolic lyrics further add. This is one of the best records of the 90s, that is absolutely worthy to be bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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