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A Mortal Binding

My Dying Bride
A Mortal Binding

[Album]
19 April 2024
Doom Metal

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'A Mortal Binding' is the fifteenth studio album by My Dying Bride.


TheBigBlack Review
(27 April 2024)

Rating - 4 Stars

As a progenitor of the death / doom metal style My Dying Bride has always worked within the guardrails they set themselves over 3 decades ago. The great thing is that they do have some space to work within - moving between death riffs and growls, and the slower plodding darkness tinged Sabbath style epics with gothic flourishes. A Mortal Binding as a whole doesn't really fit in either camp, instead alternating freely between the two, and even blending the styles on some tracks. For this reason newcomers to the band may find the album a jarring experience. It opens with 'Her Dominion', using a bold death metal style, complete with heavy riffs and growled vocals, making it quite inaccessible. Following right after is the moody 'Thornwyck Hymn' that fits right into the gothic dirge category. This continues throughout the hour long journey, which adds to the interest, as it twists and turns in ways the band haven't explored for the last few albums. The violin takes a step backward, and isn't an pronounced as some of their works. Midway is the standout 'The Apocalyptist' which combines growls with doom to great effect, and leaves an unsettled feel across the track. As always, the guitar work of Andrew Craighan is exquisite, but the versatility of vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe again steals the show. In a time when many of the original doom metal bands are heading lighter and lighter as they grow in age, it is great to see My Dying Bride staying true to their original vision of so long ago.
Tracks:  
(1/1) 1.
My Dying Bride - Her Dominion (06:11)
(1/1) 2.
My Dying Bride - Thornwyck Hymn (06:48)
(1/1) 3.
My Dying Bride - The 2nd Of Three Bells (06:52)
(1/1) 4.
My Dying Bride - Unthroned Creed (07:01)
(1/1) 5.
My Dying Bride - The Apocalyptist (11:23)
(1/1) 6.
My Dying Bride - A Starving Heart (07:29)
(1/1) 7.
My Dying Bride - Crushed Embers (09:02)

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