My Dying Bride
Bring Me Victory


1.5
very poor

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
November 13th, 2009 | 75 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The only positive thing about this EP is that it only has four songs.

Some fans might be wondering what happened to this band, but most probably realize that they’ve never been consistent in the first place. My Dying Bride’s career has been full of highs and lows, and people just need to accept it as a hazard of following the band. Besides, history has shown that they always bounce back after an album or two anyway – it simply turns out that they’re not ready to bounce back just yet. In fact, it seems they’re not even ready to stop circling further into the depths of mediocrity, as this EP is a new low that thankfully only lasts four songs.

The EP opens with the track “Bring Me Victory” from the band’s 2009 release, For Lies I Sire. This song shares a lot in common with the musical approach found on Like Gods of the Sun, except without any of the enjoyment. It’s a short, straight-up metal track that has the potential to be tolerable if it wasn’t for Aaron’s vocals. In fact, it’s Aaron’s vocals that end up being the downfall of this album. The following track is a cover of “Scarborough Fair” – one of the most overly-covered tracks in recent memory. This song has been played by everyone from Sarah Brightman and Hayley Westenra to Queensryche and Leaves’ Eyes. I mention these artists not only to display the range of people that have covered the song, but also to hint to the fact that it’s a song for strong vocalists. Aaron is not a strong vocalist and the song falls flat because of it. The following track is a cover of the Swans’ “Failure”. This song features minimal musical accompaniment which effectively leaves Aaron front-and-center warbling like a drunken Elmer Fudd. The EP ends with a live version of “Vast Choirs” that is pretty good, but by the time it starts it’s already too little and too late.

This EP suffers from a lot of things, and poor song choice is chief among them. Why the band would choose one of the weakest songs from an already weak album is beyond me. The only thing it does is effectively set a low standard for the rest of the EP. In hindsight that’s ok, though, because the rest of the album maintains that standard with ease. The two cover songs both require a strong vocalist to work, and Aaron is not that vocalist. The only thing we can hope is that this is the final low before the band picks themselves back up and release something deserving of the My Dying Bride name.



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Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2009


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This took me about fifteen minutes to write. The EP is already a waste of time, so I didn't want to waste more time on an overly-long review.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2009


8357 Comments


good review, i expected it to suck anyway so no harm done for me

Buccaneer
November 13th 2009


692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually enjoyed this. Bring Me Victory was probably my fave track on their last album.

I suppose if you're not a fan of Aaron's vocals, then yeah, this EP would sound terrible as it is the focal point. I personally enjoy his vocal performances.

Good review though.


Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2009


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I generally enjoy his vocal performances within the context of the "bigger picture" but they can't be the focal point.

Oliver
November 13th 2009


118 Comments


Ouch.

Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2009


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is review number 1 of about 3 EPs I'm going to review (cause they're quick and easy) that are all crap.

beans
November 13th 2009


2332 Comments


tis a shame that this sucks

still love a line of deathless kings though

ninjuice
November 13th 2009


6760 Comments


Is it a bad thing I knew this would be you? haha nice work

Altmer
November 13th 2009


5652 Comments


EPs suck, fuck off

Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2009


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ha ha. I think that as far as staff goes, it's usually pretty obvious when a review is going to be mine considering my tastes
don't really match the stereotypical staff pick.

Edit: the same could be said of Daveyboy (usually).

cirq
November 13th 2009


9264 Comments


baaaaad

XulOnerom
November 13th 2009


1818 Comments


I actually liked For Lies I Sire, but I don't see myself spending money or time on this. MDB's covers, with the exception of "This Velvet Morning" are always pretty meh.

Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2009


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yes. "This Velvet Morning" is an excellent cover (but Slowdive did it better).

Burn2Burn
November 13th 2009


2378 Comments


This EP confuses me. Why the fuck would they release it? I can't imagine it's a cash grab considering how relatively few fans they have, so what's the point?

Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2009


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I thought about that too, but in the interest of keeping the review short I left it out. If they had included some cool covers and maybe a B-Side or something, but the covers suck and the album track is one of the worst on that album.

Relinquished
November 13th 2009


25040 Comments


Knew was gonna suck.

rasputin
November 13th 2009


14544 Comments


good review, this band has long passed its use by date

Gore
November 14th 2009


333 Comments


listened to scarborough fair and it made me sleepy

ChildOfHate
November 14th 2009


108 Comments


oh well, it was to be expected. But, I'm sure they'll bounce back like they always have.

jingledeath
November 14th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yup this is pretty baddd



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