My Dying Bride - _The Angel and the Dark River_
by: Adrian Bromley (
With just seven songs averaging nine minutes in length each, the overall effect of this North Yorkshire sextet's third full-length release, _The Angel And the Dark River_, is once again of epic proportions. From the captivating piano work and vocals of "The Cry Of Mankind", to the dark and tranquil "Black Voyage" and "Two Winters Only", there is no doubt that this band puts their souls into the music. We can feel their pain, suffering, and we become part of the music. While known to many as one of the true gloom/gothic metal acts around, My Dying Bride is on the verge of breaking out to a major market with this release because the response in Europe (via media/press) has been overwhelming, and that is carrying over Stateside. The prime effect bestowed by this band is through its haunting music and serene vocals, and that is key to their rise in success. No one is doing this type of music at this calibre. For those unaware of this band's existence, may I recommend a trip to the record store sometime in the future?
(article published 3/14/1996)
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