British doom metallers My Dying Bride have just released their 11th album, A Map Of All Our Failures and needless to say I was pleasantly suprised and really enjoyed listening to their new album.
I had always heard the name My Dying Bride, but I had never listened to any of their material, so when I was asked if I would review their new album, I had to do a little research to learn more about them. Along with 11 studio albums, 3 EPs, four compliation albums, a box set and demo, they have been around for over 20 years and have become one of the leaders in the death/doom genre.
The first track Kneel Til Doomsday reminded me of Candlemass but with a different twist. The song opens with a church bell and guitar riff which leads into many different changes in the song that run throughout the album. The song A Tapestry Scorned made me feel almost as if I was watching a haunting movie and there were a few suprises headed my way.
Overall I’d say this is a very tight album and shows great versatility especially with the different elements in the songs. Singer Aaron Stainthorpe projects great emotion into the songs that left me feeling different emotions while listening to the whole album and guitarists Andrew Craighan and Hamish Glencross easily remind us why My Dying Bride have become one of the great bands of their genre. Bassist Lena Abe and keyboardist/violinist Shaun MacGowan round out the band to create a great album. I’m glad I was able to have the opportunity to check out their new album and learn more about My Dying Bride. Check out the clip below, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.