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My Dying Bride - For Lies I Sire (CD)

My Dying Bride
For Lies I Sire
by Harry Papadopoulos at 18 March 2009, 9:24 AM

It took me hours, literally, in order to find a way to start this review. Not only because MY DYING BRIDE is one of the bands that I have in my 'top ten' list, or because they are one of the leaders in the Doom Metal scene, but because these kind of albums can't be described in words easily.

What should I write for this band from Halifax, England, which along PARADISE LOST and ANATHEMA are the 'Holy triad' of Death/Doom Metal in the U.K.? We are talking about a band that most of their albums, even the controversial 34.788%…Complete one, are better than many other bands' albums and some of the older stuff of MY DYING BRIDE is classic in the Metal community. With For Lies I Sire they are going a step backwards in a good way, since, along with the new lineup, the violin comes back (something the old fans of the band will appreciate). So, since the history lessons have been postponed (and if you don't know anything about this band even if you don't like this genre,  you have two choices: go now and buy every album right now or stop telling you are listening to Metal music), I'll try to describe this album in words.

There are many reasons to love this CD. Most of them are going to haunt your mind in a beautiful way that cannot be described. Those who followed the band during those eighteen years can understand me. The album is probably the most depressing and darkest stuff they have released in the past ten years. And, believe me, I love albums like Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light and A Line Of Deathless Kings. While listening to For Lies I Sire a smell of pain, agony and death will surround you, and the Death Metal parts will bring you back from this dark land, but just for a while. The band seems to be in great shape and it's obvious that they worked hard for this release. Probably the new blood in the band gave them the boost… or just what is going on in the world made Aaron Stainthorpe and his fellows write such a songlist.

And don't forget the comeback of the violin, which makes the compositions deeper and more melancholic. The good thing is that the band found the balance between the violin and the guitars and the album is not overloaded with instruments. Sometimes the violin is on the background and some others the guitars step back. Is not that the albums that had only keyboards are bad, but the sound of the violin is something else. As for the rest of the band, well, the guitars have kept the characteristic riffing but it's been improved over the years and the new rhythm section is doing a great work. As for Aaron's performance? I think that he always has high standards and I can't remember him lowering his level.

For Lies I Sire has haunted me and my computer. Surely one of the albums that will be in my 'top' list for 2009 and I believe that it will be a classic one in the years that will come. I'm looking forward for its release date to finally get the CD in my hands, in order to see even deeper in this effort. And even though I have my own scale to rate an album, since 10/10 goes only in all time classic stuff, this CD is quite near, so…

4 Star Rating

My Body, A Funeral
Fall With Me
The Lies I Sire
Bring Me Victory
Echoes From A Hollow Soul
Santuario Di Sangue
A Chapter In Loathing
Death Triumphant
Aaron Stainthorpe - Vocals
Andrew Craighan - Guitars
Hamish Glencross - Guitars
Lena Abe - Bass
Dan Mullins -  Drums
Katie Stone - Violin, Keyboards
Record Label: Peaceville Records


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