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A LINE OF DEATHLESS KINGS

My Dying Bride

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.64 | 36 ratings

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Warthur
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4 stars Is "Deathless" in the album title a clue? I ask because right after My Dying Bride had completed a triumphant return to death-doom on the previous three albums, they once again banished the death metal influences from their sound.

In fact, A Line of Deathless Kings represents perhaps their most purely doom metal offering up to that point - recall that earlier doom releases such as the run of albums from Turn Loose the Swans to Like Gods of the Sun included a significant influence from darkwave music. That's not so here - unlike, say, Turn Loose the Swans, which at points seemed poised to abandon metal entirely, this is a doom metal album through and through.

This stylistic shift seems to have yet again refreshed this chameleonic band, the gang once again avoiding the trap of continuing to push one particular style or another to the point of tedium. Out of all of the original "Peaceville Three", My Dying Bride has consistently remained within the wider sonic universe of doom metal, but has with equal consistency managed to constantly find new ways to revise and refresh their sound in that sphere. If you want a role model for how a band can constantly evolve and develop their sound without losing touch with their roots, My Dying Bride would be an excellent candidate.

Warthur | 4/5 |

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