My Dying Bride
A Line Of Deathless Kings


4.0
excellent

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (58 Reviews)
August 10th, 2007 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark and depressing in a very epic and beautiful way. They may not have that nifty violin feature anymore, but My Dying Bride prove they're still ahead of the game when it comes to Doom metal.

Doom metal isn't exactly the most uplifting genre out there. In fact, it doesn't get much more depressing that doom. I've had so many people ask me "why on earth would you want to listen to something so melancholy?" yet sometimes, it is quite difficult to dignify yourself with an adequate reply. In all honesty, we all know that sometimes it's in our nature to be downbeat, to be sad. This could come in the form of bereavement or grieving over lost friends and loved ones or more typical amongst adolescents, simple mood swings. Whatever embodiment that is applicable, My Dying Bride are the perfect example of depression in musical form. Britain certainly bears the vigil when it comes to quality doom metal bands; Anathema and Paradise Lost are two more apt examples that go nicely alongside the legendary Yorkshire based band that are My Dying Bride.

Their most recent effort, A Line of Deathless Kings, is quite a listen. The riffs are more memorable and the vocals more heartfelt than before. Yet gone is are those gorgeous violin lines that helped to make My Dying Bride that little bit more exceptional. Nevertheless, the band haven't dumbed themselves down. Album opener To Remain Tombless is a testament to the more riff-orientated approach. Aaron Stainthorpe is undoubtedly the premier vocalist in the genre and he reinstates himself as the king in fine fashion throughout the album. The chorus of To Remain Tombless is undeniably epic; heavy pulsating guitar chords fill your speakers like treacle surging into a valley and Aaron's improved clean vocals are most impressive. In the middle part of the song, he unleashes this unfathomable inhaled growl - quite simply put, it sounds like a phantom. Utterly demonic.

The album continues in similar style. Each song offers heavy, rhythmic guitar parts, slow driving drums/bass and the always impressive yet rarely varying vocal talents of Stainthorpe. Oh, let's not forget the atmosphere, largely due in part to the keyboards hiding away in the background. L'Amour Detruit is a perfect example of how keyboards can create a ghostly atmosphere. The vocals follow the guitar line at points - repetition is in definite abundance here but don't let it put you off. Doom metal certainly wouldn't be doom metal if there was a new riff every five seconds.

It would be slightly pointless to continue talking about individual tracks. They all follow the same pattern and some are definitely more memorable than others. Penultimate track Deeper Down is rather catchy as far as Doom goes - but the crowning moment of the album definitely hits you in the closing moments. The outro to The Blood, the Wine, the Roses culminates in a thrash-orientated ending, coupled with vocals so fueled with anger you think Stainthorpe could engulf you in what surges from the speakers.

"Torment me you fucking bastard! I will slay your worthless, blackened soul!"

Essentially, this album can only be listened to if you're in the correct frame of mind. A melancholy frame of mind that is. But with that said, it is doom metal, which will never be everybody's cup of tea. Whilst the band have put out better material, this album proves that after many years My Dying Bride still have what it takes to lament the inner depressive in you with beautiful doom metal. I say beautiful...yet downbeat may be a more apt adjective. In any case, any self proclaimed doom metal fan will do themselves no harm by picking up a copy of this. Solid album.

Recommended Tracks
To Remain Tombless
Deeper Down
The Blood, the Wine, the Roses



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Otisbum
August 10th 2007


1912 Comments


Jeeze, is this like 3 in a day? Any more coming out within the next 5-10 hours?

Great review.

Confessed2005
August 10th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, this is my third review, I've been kind of pumping them out over the past few hours.

Quite possibly, there are a few I'm thinking of reviewing. But they might have to wait until tomorrow.

masscows
August 10th 2007


2236 Comments


I like this band alot, even though I only actually have one of their actual albums. I don't listen to it enough for it to get old though, so I don't really feel the need to get anything else by them.

Good review.

Confessed2005
August 10th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Which album of their do you have? This is very different to most of their other stuff.

masscows
August 10th 2007


2236 Comments


Really? I have Turn Loose the Swans.

I mean, yeah you kind of described how different it is in the review, I think a riff-oriented doom metal album would be very odd o_O. Some of the riffs on TLTS were awkward, I kind of preferred the whole doomdoomdoom thing. I guess this would be a unique listen.This Message Edited On 08.10.07

Confessed2005
August 10th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have yet to hear that album. My friend is a huge MDB fan so no doubt one day I can borrow a copy from him.

Yeah, check out the recommended tracks, the riffs are more prominent in this offering.

rasputin
October 23rd 2007


14544 Comments


I liked Turn Loose the Swans a bit better because of the inclusion of harsh vocals. What bothered me about this album was that the vocals were so much louder than the music. Not to say the vocals aren't brilliant, but they undermined the instruments quite a bit.
Still a good album.

Tillius
December 16th 2007


90 Comments


Good review. I'll have to check this album out. I just now got into this band and got The Light at the End of the World and am enjoying it immensely.This Message Edited On 12.16.07

blackened07
December 16th 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This cd is excellent, you'll enjoy this too for sure.

beans
January 25th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i cant get over how amazing this album is. ive listened to it just about once, every day ive had it. amazing album

good review as well you get my vote

Hawks
July 12th 2008


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thy Raven Wings is one of the best doom songs I've ever heard. This whole album is amazing.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

rasputin
July 12th 2008


14544 Comments


the opening/main riff in L'Amour Detruit is one of the album's highlights

Pebster49
July 12th 2008


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I never could really get into this album, and I love these guys:/

foreverendeared
July 12th 2008


14678 Comments


i need to get another album from these guys. i own The Dreadful Hours and pretty much love it. any suggestions on what album to get next?

CreatingIllusions
July 12th 2008


25 Comments


This and Turn Loose the Swans.

fireaboveicebelow
July 12th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

light at the end of the world is more similar, you could also try the angel and the dark river

CreatingIllusions
July 12th 2008


25 Comments


Oops, I second The Angel and the Dark River. Forgot to mention it. Has The Cry of Mankind on it, probably my favorite MDB song.

beans
July 13th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love thy raven wings on this album, such a beautiful melody and the piano in the beginning is perfect

Hawks
July 16th 2008


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been listening to this non-stop for the past couple of days. This album is great. Can't wait for their new album.

Hawks
March 3rd 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love To Remain Tombless and Thy Raven Wings so much that its not even funny. Whole album still slays though.



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