Slow news day today, so here’s a little something to keep you occupied whilst waiting with bated breath for our next post.
My Dying Bride is actually one of my top twenty or so favorite bands and perhaps a little bit of a guilty pleasure. Their latest album, For The Lies I Sire, is no Songs of Darkness, Words of Light but I find myself loving it more and more with each listen. Vocalist, Aaron Stainthorpe describes the album as “quite possibly the we’ve created to date”, and I’ll have to agree. In this album the band sought out the accompaniment of a violinist again for the first time since 1996’s Like Gods of the Sun, which adds a layer of despair to the already lugubrious vocals and instrumentation present on the record. My one qualm is, sadly, this album is almost completely void of Stainthorpe’s legendary death metal grunts leaving a small something to be desired. We won’t hold it against them though, this album was the next natural chapter in the story of My Dying Bride.
My favorite track on For The Lies I Sire, and the one you can hear above, is My Body, A Funeral -- the first song on the album. It’s good ‘staring out the window’ (something I find my self doing a lot of lately) music -- slow, poetic and mournful yet ever heavy and never boring. If you haven’t had the chance to check out My Dying Bride before, here it is. If you like what you hear, I would highly recommend looking into their album Songs of Darkness, Words of Light, though it should be known; I celebrate their entire catalogue.