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- ASIN: B000056Q1T
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Turn Loose the Swans
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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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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.