My Dying Bride
The Light at the End of the World


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mackinlay McBride USER (4 Reviews)
December 13th, 2012 | 19 replies | 1,902 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After the ill received 34.788%...Complete, My Dying Bride return darker than ever.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

My Dying Bride is an English death/doom metal band formed in 1990. After their previous album 34.788%...Complete, which demonstrated a foray into a more electronic style of music that was not generally popular with fans, they released The Light at the End of the World, which marked a return to the more traditional My Dying Bride doom sound and style of lyrics.

The Light at the End of the World was, and is a very important album in My Dying Bride’s discography. After alienating much of their fan base with their previous album 34.788%...Complete, which saw the band experimenting with a more electronic and pop influenced style. The album was not very well received, and soon after, My Dying Bride return to their usual death/doom sound of old with The Light at the End of the World. The album also features a lot more of a melodic vibe, yet all of the dreary despair that My Dying Bride are known for is still there. There are also completely no violins on this album, something that may have still disappointed many old fans; however, the album does not suffer much because of that.

One of the key aspects of My Dying Bride is Aaron Stainthorpe’s brilliantly sorrowful vocals. My only irk with the vocals would be that they can be very droning at times, which can cause the music to become slightly boring, however, this should only be a problem for newcomers, and they are a perfect fit for the doom style. As mentioned before, this album also marked the return of his growled vocal style, which had not been heard since the 1994 release The Sexuality of Bereavement. Stainthorpe’s growls have improved since then, and they feature much more range and add great intensity when they are used.

The guitars are also perfect for the music, as they are very chuggy and are quite heavy throughout the album. They brilliantly complement Stainthorpe’s vocals, as they themselves sound very depressing as well. The repetitiveness however may also put off newcomers, as it could become monotonous and boring, yet for much of the album this is not the case. The drums and the bass make for a decent rhythm section, however there is never really much standing out apart from the odd drum fill or audible bass line.

The album features some of My Dying Bride’s strongest ever material, such as the opener ‘’She Is The Dark’’ and the title track, the former being surprisingly aggressive for MDB. The melodies over the chugging guitar lines bring together a haunting and melancholic atmosphere. However, the atmosphere is not always utilised to its full extent, such as in the song ‘’Christliar’’, opening up with quite awkward sounding vocals. The song has an interesting structure, but this does not help to stop it from being one of the weaker songs on the album. Being 10 minutes long without the great atmosphere and emotional impact of previous longer songs such as ‘’Edenbeast’’ or the title track, it hard to keep interest for the full duration. Luckily, the album ends on a high note with the brilliant ‘’Sear Me III’’ which features more of Stainthorpe’s poetic lyrics, and is full of majestic beauty and sorrow.

This is a brilliant album and a great way to prove to their naysayers that they still have it. My Dying Bride have never sounded this haunting and sorrowful. My only problems with this album would be that the songs can drag on, with three of them being over 10 minutes, but long songs should really be expected with doom metal. The lack of violin could be a gripe for some people, and there are also moments on the album, such as "Christliar’’ that sound awkward and recycled. It doesn’t have the same emotional intensity and atmosphere as the other songs on the album, such as ‘’She Is The Dark’’. I’d recommend this to any fan of doom or death metal if they have never heard it before. This album is close to being a classic, although some of the flaws mentioned do hold it back.


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johnnydeking29
December 13th 2012



8662 Comments


Pos'd

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KILL
December 13th 2012



67023 Comments


p boring album

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Surtur
December 13th 2012



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers dude constructive criticism is welcome as always, it would really help

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2012



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album, kudos for reviewing this.

Reading this now.



Edit:
feature growing vocals

growling


Review's decent, first two paragraphs can be merged into one, as they say the same things, while you could proofread it more, in order to be more precise in your descriptions and meanings.

Good try, overall, keep it up.

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Surtur
December 13th 2012



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, fixed it. Any other problems and improvements and I'll sort them out.

Surtur
December 13th 2012



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Voivod, much appreciated! I'll probably get round to editing this soon. I think this is quite underrated on sputnik tbh

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2012



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album as well as the following three albums easily rival everything My Dying Bride issued prior to 34.788%...Complete.

Especially Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light is a pinnacle of European death/doom/gothic metal by itself.

Surtur
December 13th 2012



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree on The Dreadful Hours and Songs of Darkness, Words Of Light, but I'm yet to hear the other 2. I've heard good things about A Map Of All Our Failures as well. Gonna need to get that soon.

johnnydeking29
December 13th 2012



8662 Comments


I've only heard the Dreadful Hours, but that was a 5 after 2 listens

Surtur
December 13th 2012



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Dreadful Hours is better, but this is a solid listen as well. You should definitely give it a go.

johnnydeking29
December 13th 2012



8662 Comments


Probs going for Map of all Failures next, and then their two old classics

Surtur
December 13th 2012



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still haven't heard that, and yeah that's the best way to go. My favourite is definitely Turn Loose The Swans.

Funeralopolis
December 13th 2012



10427 Comments


Never really liked this band but nice to see more doom metal being reviewed.

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Wizard
December 14th 2012



18757 Comments


p boring album

Never understood why people love this album or any of their other stuff besides their debut.

I’d recommend this to any fan of doom or death metal if they have never heard it before.

I've never heard a hint of death metal from any of their albums, I would just stick with doom. Decent review, doesn't convince me to check this out again.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2012



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never understood why people love this album or any of their other stuff besides their debut.

I would only say that for MDB's last two albums, everything else (including 34.788%...Complete) hails and kills.

Surtur
December 14th 2012



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Wizard, the death metal part would be the deep growls and double kick drums. As vague as that sounds, they're definitely death-doom. Any chance you could give me any tips on improvement?

Wizard
December 14th 2012



18757 Comments


I guess you're technically right but whatever, genre wars are for homos anyways.

Tips for Improvement? I would get rid of the info regarding band members at the time, improves the look and flow of the review. Italicize the album titles using this coding [i]aasdasdasdasd[//i] (only use one backslash in the last bracket). Get rid of "A Solid 4/5", the rating is sufficient.

Funeralopolis
December 14th 2012



10427 Comments


Agreed Wizard, I also find it annoying that people consider doom metal with a few death growls here and there to be death metal.

Surtur
December 14th 2012



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I don't care too much for them, it's just what they're listed as. Thanks for the tips as well!



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