My Dying Bride - The Manuscript [EP]
Label: Peaceville Records
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2013-05-15
Highlights: Everytrack is a highlight
As many fans were waiting for more tragic\gothic magic for the British doom metal masters My Dying Bride, the EP The Manuscript blew the scene with interesting doomed tracks. After the success of A "Map of All Our Failures", My Dying Bride continued to provide the doom metal listeners with more doomy energy for the year 2013. Though the production and the musical structure sounds similar to the previous release, the energy and the strength of the tracks in this track sounds more vital and dynamic.
The track "The Manuscript" is an interesting piece of gothic\doom metal, the steady sound of the lead guitar folds around Aaron's voice and the sound of the violin supports the structure of the track with deeper ethereal feeling. As the first three minutes of the track repeat the same pattern, the track changes its feathers to reveal more stimulated guitar riffs for minutes, letting an acoustic guitar section to end the track. And here the magic begins as the harsh vocals of Aaron collide with the floating riffs of Andrew and Hamish, Shaun's drumming work continue to supply the needed doomness in every moment. More than eight minutes of eerie guitar sound and wicked harsh vocals will be a perfect gift for all those who missed the extreme voice of Aaron Stainthorpe.
The third "A Pale Shroud Of Longing" belongs deeply to "Map of All Our Failures", with more energized drumming and more obvious bass line. The atmospheric violin's melodies sink through the fibers of the track before the heavy guitar's screams build a huge stage behind the doomed Aaron's throat. The spoken vocals in front of the violin's heavens are my best moments in this track. As I was waiting for more harsh vocals in this track (especially in the last part) I was disappointed. Nothing is better than a spoken poem by Aaron can start a song for My Dying Bride, the track "Only Tears To Replace Her With" flows slowly in a very calm way, reminding me of the track "My Wine In Silence" but with a strong rhythm guitar in the background.
This EP is recommended for all the worshipers of doom metal, specially for those who adore the tasty music of My Dying Bride. If you enjoyed the album "Map of All Our Failures", then I am pretty sure that this EP will continue the same enjoyment and will satisfy every doomed need inside your ear.