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THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD

My Dying Bride

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.94 | 42 ratings

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4 stars "The Light at the End of the World" is the 6th full-length studio album by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The album was released through Peaceville Records in October 1999. There have been two lineup changes since the release of "34.788%... Complete (1998)" as drummer Bill Law has been replaced by Shaun Steels and guitarist Calvin Robertshaw has left too. The latter has been a member of the band since 1990 and is not replaced on this album, where Andy Craighan handles all guitars. Robertshaw does play on the closing track "Sear Me III" though in a capacity of session musician.

...after the rather experimental "34.788%... Complete (1998)" album, the band opted to return to more familiar ground with "The Light at the End of the World". Thereīs a small surprise in store though. The album sees a return of the death growls that had been absent from the bandīs last three releases. The growling vocals are of course paired with lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpeīs melancholic and paatos filled clean vocals, but with the growls back in the music itīs hard not to think of the bandīs first two albums. Thereīs quite a big difference here though as there is no violin on the album. An instrument that was a dominant part of the first two albums. Instead (and this was also the case on "34.788%... Complete (1998)") there are some atmosphere creating keyboards added to the instrumental basis of guitar, bass and drums. The keyboards add just the right majestic atmosphere for the brick heavy yet melodic doom metal songs. They are not omnipresent though, and only appear when they are called for.

The album is 71:09 minutes long and I donīt think itīs all the material on the album that reaches excellence, but tracks like the strong opener "She Is the Dark", "Edenbeast", , the title track, "The Isis Script", and "Sear Me III" are all examples of My Dying Bride doing what they do best. Delivering beautiful, majestic, and sorrowfilled doom metal with great conviction and burning passion.

The sound production is powerful and suits the music well. Iīm taken places when I listen to this album and never do I have to worry that the illusion is broken by something that sits wrong in the mix or distracts from the listening experience. At the end of the day "The Light at the End of the World" may not be My Dying Brideīs strongest album release, but itīs a great album in itīs own right. Iīm not completely blown away by the album altough it has grown considerably on me over the years but a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is still deserved.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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