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Angel & The Dark River
My Dying Bride
Angel & The Dark River
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Metal
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All Artists: My Dying Bride
Title: Angel & The Dark River
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Fierce Records
Original Release Date: 2/16/1996
Re-Release Date: 2/6/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Death Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 090861108625, 5020157105040, 801056205025, 766489893624

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A Staple of the Doom/Goth Metal Style
Noyce | Santa Cruz, Ca | 04/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I first found out about My Dying Bride I was immeadiatly intreagued. The thought of a violinest in a metal band realy got my attention. The only thing remotly similar to "violin metal" that I had heard was some of King Crimson's mid 70's material which is absolutly amazing. Anyways I had to hear this band. So I went out and picked up "The Angel & the Dark River". I was blown away to say the least. The album was as close to perfect as any metal album I'd ever had the privledge of hearing before or sience.
My Dying Bride is made up of many enticing elements. First of all there are Aaron Stainthorpe's powerful vocals. Ranging from deep gothic vocals to whiny wailing moans (and going into the realms of death and black metal vocals on other albums) Aaron's vocals are able to meet any neccicary style needed for this album. His lyrics focus on the loss of faith, the loss of love and deep, dark, lust. Then theres Martin Powell's beutiful violin work. This is the X factor that brings the album from great to all time classic. He also plays some very haunting piano and keyboards. Then theres the unforgettable drumming of Rick Miah. No simple fills here, Rick fills the album with great drum fills and mad beats without ever overusing them (unlike his replacment Shaun Steels). Add in amazing riff after amazing riff and an indescrible atmosphere and you get "The Angel and the Dark River".
The album kicks off with "The Cry of Man Kind". With one riff repeated over and over for the entire song one might imagine that the song would wear out its welcome, but by covering it with doomy rhythems, classical piano and short guitar solos the first six minutes fly right by. Aaron's lyrics about Jesus looking down at the destroied Earth and regreting his sacrafice give the song an apocoliptic ambiance. The next six minutes contains a bunch of gothic sounds such as a choir, an old whispering woman, crickets and a... tugboat? This gives you some time to think back on what you've just heard. "From the Darkest Skies" is probably the best song here. Switching between sorowful violin, crunchy guitar riffs, and powerful organs, the song never stops twisting and turning from start to finish. Aaron's vocals are good enough to bring you to tears as he cries "I'll breathe in you, I'm a fool, just for you". Then theres the nine and a half minute epic "The Black Voyage". After a lenghthy violin led intro, the song moves along a doomy path until it hits the middle. At this point the music softens into a slow, dark, pulsing, funeral-doomish style as Aaron groans about entering hell. "A Sea to Suffer In" starts with some great gothic pianio before an unforgettable violins solo. At the 1:35 mark there is the best drum fill I have ever heard. Anyone who appricates drums must hear this masterful drumming. The rest of the song conatains an onslaught of great riffs and deep gothic vocals. This song competes with "From the Darkest Skies" for the title of best song on the album. The next song is a complete change. "Two Winters Only" is very ballaidesque. After a lenghthy classical guitar led verse the drums kick in the violin and metal into a dramatic chorus. After the second verse theres a real cool thirty second metal part and then the song ends with one more dramatic chorus. "Your Shameful Heaven" starts out with a lone violin playing a heartbreaking solo that is unforgetable. The rest of the song is a lustful conclusion to the album as Aaron snarles "The only real ache is between your legs". The song is dark and filt with spite.
Some versions of the album (though this one doesn't) contain a bonus track "The Sexuality of Beverment", which although a great song is not meant for this album. My Dying Bride did not choose to put this song on the album. The record company added it and to be quite honest, it just doesn't fit in. The songs at least three years older then the other material here and is therefore written in a very different style. Also the song contains death metal vocals, and although I adore Aaron's growls, they're not meant for "The Angel & the Dark River".
With "The Angel & the Dark River" My Dying Bride has created an album that will be look at as a staple of the goth/doom metal scene for a long time. The album is essentail for any fan of My Dying Bride, dark metal, or anyone who simply loves different and creative music."
Beautiful & utterly Romantic!!
Noyce | 01/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Amazing, truly Amazing! This cd will elicit intense & varied emotional responses. From the joy of love (Black Voyage), to the anger of a lost relationship (A Sea to Suffer In), to the sorrows of death (Two Winters Only)!! This is the most HUMAN of all releases...EVER!! The violining is truly "otherwordly"...sounds like the weeping of angels! Listen to this in a candle-lit room while sipping Merlot!!!!"
Simply the best!
Edward R. Ballard | Hawaii | 01/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most of My Dying Bride's material is very, very good. However, it is hard for me to get in to anything they have done since this album. The reason-this album is so good. I haven't heard any of their earlier albums, but what I have heard of the albums after this (I do own two of them) is a band trying to fit in with their peers. On this album, however, they seemed to be playing from the soul. Call it the `Dark Side of the Moon` of gothic metal and you would probably not be far off. Furthermore, I don't mind death metal vocals. After hearing this album, however, it just pisses me off that he used them in other albums. His voice is a perfect mixture of gloom and schizophrenia, and it mixes perfectly with the violins and pianos that glide beautifully over the crunching guitar licks. For anyone who loves dark, heavy music, this is an album you must have. One warning though; the music is very creative and well written, but the tracks can get pretty long. It may seem to drag at first, but give it time. Once you see the whole picture, it will grow on you untill it becomes one of your favorite metal albums."