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My Dying Bride Ranking

Ranked list of the British gothic doom metal band with lyrics from my favourite tracks off each album.
11My Dying Bride
34.788%... Complete

My Dying Bride's little experiment has some nice riffs intertwined with the electronics and the oblique songwriting makes for a handful of fairly interesting moments. However, the occasional distortion of the vocals can become bothersome and the repetitive nature of the tracks may not help in this case due to the lack of a truly dark atmosphere that their other albums are so perfectly able to create. Overall, an enjoyable effort unworthy of the flack it got. "Now I'm a killer, and I have no faith, you play the victim as I come for you"
10My Dying Bride
As The Flower Withers

The debut brings forth solid death-doom material and showcases the sparse use of the violin, while Aaron Stainthorpe is growling furiously with no accompany of his clean vocal style. On subsequent releases the gothic aspects would be greatly expanded upon and the band would - just as their Peaceville peers - branch out and create their signature sound in a truer sense. "The female is such exquisite hell"
9My Dying Bride
The Light at the End of the World

A return to form after the experimental record, albeit with the absence of the violin. Characteristically oppressive and melancholic, but it slightly overstays its welcome due to its 71 minutes runtime - the longest album in the entire discography, and not as engaging as its follow-up. "In floods of blackest death the ghost will take my breath"
8My Dying Bride
For Lies I Sire

The violin raises its head again since 1996's "Like Gods of the Sun" to great effect in a bleak yet somewhat slicker album with solid performances all around, especially the drumming. The penultimate track, "A Chapter in Loathing", oddly harkens back to the band's death-doom days, despite being surrounded by tracks with clean vocals only. "A strange mix of innocence and horror" (quite a good description for the sound, actually)
7My Dying Bride
Like Gods of the Sun

"Like Gods of the Sun" is a more straightforward approach compared to its predecessors, presenting the main elements of My Dying Bride's music at the time (the doomy riffs and violin touches along with Aaron's mournful vocal style creating the despondent atmosphere) in one compact package, with song lengths peaking at 7 minutes and a half. The violin-centered "For My Fallen Angel" is also one of the most emotional songs in their catalogue. "Come with me, my friend, come and see the end"
6My Dying Bride
Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light

The music definitely lives up to the first half of the album title. Excellent mix of heaviness and melody, containing some of their most terrifying moments, along with some of their most hauntingly beautiful. "When April sheds her fitful rain, glory be, we may live again"
5My Dying Bride
A Map Of All Our Failures

One of Aaron's best vocal performances and a suffocating atmosphere backed by rawer production show the consistency of the band with quite a long career behind and no indication of starting to sound tired or stagnant. All their typical traits are still present, but are used in different manners in order to avoid the feel of a rehash. More conservative listeners will certainly appreciate the subtler use of the violin and keyboards. "The sea gave up his daughter for the moon"
4My Dying Bride
A Line Of Deathless Kings

A very guitar-oriented album that churns out misery uncompromisingly. Sinister melodic passages, conspicuous bass lines and keyboard parts are more impactful, being the ones responsible for breaking the barrage of heavy riffing. A similar behaviour is manifested through the harsh vocals, becoming more memorable on the rare occasion when they show up. "In fiery death we will crawl away, content we lived for each and every day"
3My Dying Bride
The Dreadful Hours

The perfect demonstration of all elements of My Dying Bride's music sans the violin. Constant fear and sorrow escort the listener on a journey filled with diverse tempos and gothic imagery. "The silence, the waiting then the pain"
2My Dying Bride
The Angel and the Dark River

The emotion conveyed by this album is unparalleled, the violin is at its most evocative. Acoustic guitar sections and ominous organs give specific tracks a whole new layer of depth, even if the main instrumentation might not be as developed as on other works. It is also the first time Aaron only uses clean vocals (not counting the bonus track), flawlessly displaying why his approach is ideal for the band's music and the genre as a whole. "Self-pity strangles me, I'm lashed by grief"
1My Dying Bride
Turn Loose the Swans

My Dying Bride's immediate evolution from the debut happens to remain arguably the strongest outing in the band's repertoire. "Turn Loose the Swans" embraces instrument diversity and all of Aaron Stainthorpe's vocal styles to weave a unique atmosphere full of desolation and anguish, yet also with a bizarre epic feel. A few parts that may seem unfocused strictly from a songwriting perspective end up empowering the quality of the record due to the feelings they are able to spread. "Your river holds a feast of danger"
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