My Dying Bride
were formed by Aaron, Andy, Calvin
in the summer of 1990, and after only 6 months of writing together released the now legendary demo Towards The Sinister
. Progress continued apace with the release of their first 7" single God Is Alone
for the small French label Listenable. The single sold out almost immediately causing eager whispers in the underground, bringing them to the attention of Peaceville Records
, who offered the band a deal.
The first release from this now infamous pairing was the EP Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium
(featuring the bands newest recruit Ade
on bass), shortly followed by the band's first full-length album As The Flower Withers
, avant-garde doom metal was born.
The band followed the release with a series of shows in the UK and mainland Europe. The response was phenomenal, and spurring the band on it wasn't long before they were back in the studio recording their second EP The Thrash Of Naked Limbs
Fans and critics hailed the band as pioneers of the new doom-gothic metal genre. Pushing these new boundaries even further, MDB recruited long time session musician and classically trained violin and piano player Martin Powell
as a full time member. Writing then begun in earnest for their second album Turn Loose The Swans
, released in 1993.
In '94 the band kept up the flow by releasing the I Am The Bloody Earth
EP, and then settled down to write material for their third album, The Angel And The Dark River
. The album was released in 1995 and an opus was born. Six epic tracks, averaging around nine minutes each immersed the listener in MDB's full sinister glory.
The band released their fourth album Like Gods of the Sun
in 1996. Again a rich work of art. Experience and careful attention to detail resulted in a much cleaner sound. 1997 was the year that saw My Dying Bride
hotfoot it to the US, to support Dio
. Being well versed in all things MDB the US crowds went loco. Alas, with only a few weeks of the tour left, the band had to pull out when Rick
the drummer contracted a debilitating illness, which sadly resulted in the original member having to leave the band altogether. Help came in the form of Bill Law
, drummer with label mates Dominion
, and work got under way writing the fifth album, enigmatically titled 34.788%... Complete
At this time Martin
also left the band. Bill,
a native of Canada saw his visa run out and was gone. The band decided not to tour and instead concentrate on solidifying the line up. Help came in the form of Shaun Steels
, ex drummer with Anathema
After all the changes they'd recently encountered they were surprised at how quickly the new line up gelled, inspiring writing to begin for the sixth album The Light At The End Of The World
. The album was released in 1999 and saw a return of the older MDB style, but with a whole new perspective on the sound. Shortly after the album was recorded the band enlisted guitarist Hamish Glencross
as a replacement for Calvin
, who had left after 34.788% Complete
In August 2001 armed with an arsenal of new material the band hit the new relocated and upgraded Academy Studios to record their seventh studio album, The Dreadful Hours
. The Dreadful Hours
received stunning reviews from the international metal press, re-affirming My Dying Bride
as the godfathers of doom. Asked to describe the album, guitarist Andy
explained, "I'm trying to create an atmosphere of angst, of almost relentless misery. So much misery that you just can't take it"
The band rounded off 2002 by playing all the European metal/alternative festivals, including Wacken
with new keyboard player Sarah Stanton
added to the ranks. In 2003 MDB settled into work on their follow up to The Dreadful Hours
. The result was the stunning Songs Of Darkness, Words of Light
LP, MDB's eighth studio album. The album was released in March 2004.
The band entered Academy Studios in Spring 2006 to record the follow up to Songs Of Darkness
, entitled A Line of Deathless Kings
. Drums were handled by John Bennett
of fellow Yorkshire doomsters, The Prophecy
, and as always, long-time collaborator and producer Mags
took control of engineering duties.
The start of 2007 saw bassist Adrian Jackson
and session drummer John Bennett
leave the band, and replacements Lena Abé
and Dan Mullins
were announced prior to the first concerts of the year. The official statement from the band stated that "MDB has a new fresh focused feel to it and we are looking forward to the shows with a vengeance."
You can order A Line Of Deathless Kings (as well as other My Dying Bride CD's/DVD's) from Amazon
. My Dying Bride
will be performing at Hard Rock Hell
over the weekend of November 9th-11th 2007 in the "Defenders Of The Faith"
Arena. My Dying Bride
Post any questions about My Dying Bride
here, and we'll try to get Hamish
across to answer a few of those and have a bit of a chat...
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