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“An Ode To Woe” by My Dying Bride

Artist: My Dying Bride
Title: “An Ode To Woe”
Label: Peaceville Records
Release Date: 6/10/2008
Genre: Doom Metal
Rating: 4/5

Recorded during the tour for their album “A Line of Deathless Kings”; “An Ode To Woe” captures Gothic Doom Metal giants My Dying Bride in concert at their gloomy best. The release comes to us in a deluxe digi-book that delivers not only a stunning audio of the bands performance but also a video of this same show. Since the DVD features one additional song that is not presented on the audio CD I will line out the commentary about the film as opposed to that portion. Filmed in April of 2007, I found that this was a great release because it not only was delivered in short order after its recording but it is also one that makes sure to cover a lot of the bands back catalog. They are a band that I had not been all that exposed to based on their availability in certain regions so a comprehensive live set from them that gives you two products for a reasonable price is not only worth the price of admission, but one that will help educate the listener on the material from their past. If you are one of those listeners who has only their name as reference, then let me inform you about the band a little more. Formed in 1990 by guitarist Andrew Craighan and vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe, together the pair were part of the big three bands that are credited as being founders of the Gothic Doom Metal genre. The other two are Anathema and Paradise Lost. There is a lot to absorb across the thirteen tracks delivered on the DVD film and I am sure that it will send many listeners to their favorite online retailer to order up copies of the bands past works. Favorites of mine included the incredible “Catherine Blake” which was not only a romantic sounding Gothic number, but also one that touched upon some classic Death Metal themes during its middle section. Gothic Doom is a slow and crunching sound that I find easy to be wrapped up inside and enjoying with ease. If you are a fan of the kind of thing that bands like Type-O-Negative did with albums like “Bloody Kisses” and “October Rust” then My Dying Bride has a lot of good to provide to you. Another favorite of mine was “The Cry Of Mankind”, which is an older tune and often named as a classic in their repertoire. A lot of this kind of music has a consistent groove to it and is often slow and the melodies lead to similar chords and ending riffs so it might take the novice fan a couple of turns at it to enjoy it best. I recommend that those who are new to the band take their time with it because it is an interesting road of musical passage.
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