MY DYING BRIDE

(UNITED KINGDOM)

GHOST OF ORION

(2020)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

DOOM

TAGS:
Growl, Intimist, Melancholic
"My Dying Bride is back with a rich and profound album, more accessible and highlighting an Aaron Stainthorpe at the top of his art."
NOISE (29.04.2020)  
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My Dying Bride's life is like a roller coaster. Just when we thought it had started up again, the British band had to cease all activity at the end of 2017. Faced with illness in his family, Aaron Strainthrope stepped back. The group refused to replace him and waited for his return in a rare spirit of brotherhood. The result is an unexpected new album, "The Ghost Of Orion". Considering the trials and tribulations, one would have thought that the band would give birth to a record of absolute darkness... On the contrary My Dying Bride signs a more accessible record.

'Your Broken Shore', 'To Outlive The Gods' and 'Tired Of Tears' form a remarkable trio. The music is anchored in Doom but with a delicate melancholy carried by the violin and more direct riffs. Aaron is melodic with a very pure and clear vocals with a storyteller's side living his lyrics with conviction. The growl is rather rare and supports the point. In the long instrumental parts, the tone is bright and of a rare depth. With 'The Solace', the band signs a moment of grace. Aaron gives way to Lindy Fay Hella de Wardruna. The mix between the graceful folk tinged vocals and the doom side is just splendid.

But let lovers of darker pieces be reassured, My Dying Bride has concocted two intense pieces for them. 'The Long Black Land' and 'The Old Earth' serve as bewitching orations, delivering a much heavier Doom, overwhelming, with a growl that takes up its full place. The clear vocals are present and serve as a dialogue-like counterpoint to the growl. On 'The Old Earth' we find a certain anger through a passage close to Death on a finale that sticks to the seat. The last track of the album, 'Your Woven Shore', allows us to fall back gently with an intense solemn side, superb religious choirs and a certain delicacy brought by the violin and the keyboards.

"The Ghost Of Orion" is a strong and full work. It reveals the soul of an endearing band with a very involved Aaron. We feel that the man suffered to free himself but the result is splendid and of a rare emotional strength. Like a cat, My Dying Bride begins a new life and this one promises to be just as beautiful as the others.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Your Broken Shore - 7:40
02. To Outlive the Gods - 7:54
03. Tired of Tears - 8:35
04. The Solace - 5:50
05. The Long Black Land - 9:59
06. The Ghost of Orion - 3:29
07. The Old Earth - 10:30
08. Your Woven Shore - 2:08

LINEUP:
Aaron Stainthorpe: Chant
Andrew Craighan: Guitares
Lena Abé: Basse
Shaun MacGowan: Claviers / Violon
Jeff Singer: Batterie / Invité
Jo Quail: Invité / Violoncelle
Lindy-fay Hella: Chant / Invité
   
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