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'Feel The Misery'
Release Date: 18th September 2015

Ian Sutherland

ian sutherland

my dying bride

Bradford's My Dying Bride could certainly be referred to as one of the forerunners and creators of the modern doom Metal scene and twenty five years after their inception they show no sign of relinquishing their position as one of it's mainstays.

The cheerfully titled 'Feel The Misery' continues from where 2012s 'A Map Of All Our Failures' left off and adds some heavier riffing guitars to their traditional sound of slow, measured tempos and mournful, melancholy vocals and music.

These English doomsters do what they do and do it very well and the opening three tracks on 'Feel The Misery' set out their stall from the start. Each track is around the ten minute mark in length and they are full of trademarks, from a faster but slightly awkward sounding Metal section in 'And My Father Left Forever' and some powerful growling vocals and sub-Sabbath riffery in 'To Shiver In Empty Halls' to quiet sections dripping in angst and longing in 'A Cold New Curse'.

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It is almost as if the band are testing your commitment to the cause and make the listener deal with these intense and lengthy bursts of melancholy before allowing them to deal with songs which are shorter and possibly slightly less intense and more accessible.

The title track follows and may well be as commercial as MBD ever get with its' catchy but heavy riff, melodic guitar hooklines and a melancholy chorus which almost suggests you sing along before you realise that's far too much fun to be appropriate here!

Normality is resumed with the haunting piano and drum intro to 'A Thorn Of Wisdom' and 'I Celebrate Your Skin' takes slowing Metal down to sound doomy to the max, sounding almost hesitant it's so creeping and atmospheric. Penultimate track 'I Almost Loved You' is a beautiful haunting ballad with a lovely piano hookline which creeps into your head and refuses to leave while the vocal positively drips with loss and longing.

Having shown you that they can write songs which aren't doom Metal epics the album closer 'Within A Sleeping Forest' goes right back into that mode with eleven minutes of all those trademark sounds and styles demonstrated throughout the rest of the album.

Overall I'm not convinced that the production allows the riffing guitars and pure doom metal moments to be quite crushing and dramatic enough but other than that My Dying Bride have put together an album which shows exactly why they have been at the top of the genre for so long. Effortlessly epic and doomy but with enough songwriting nous to put all that melancholy and longing into a framework of real quality. Their doom Metal royalty status has once again been confirmed.




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