My Dying Bride - A Line of Deathless Kings (Peaceville Records) - Back
Most of the dirge-doom metal style from My Dying Bride’s previous release are gone. However, “A Line of Deathless Kings” also re-forges a style that had long been missed from the days of The Angel & the Dark River and from Like Gods of the Sun. Also somewhat surprising is the practical loss of Aaron’s half-clean / half-growled vocals. Although not entirely gone, the growled vocals are used sparingly on this album. Whence the more latter parts of "Deeper Down" (which a video was shot for), "The Blood, the Wine, the Roses", and "Loves Intolerable Pain". If you've come to expect a slower metal pace from MDB than most other bands, don't worry. Most of the album is the same MDB that we've all grown to love. Poetic, sad, majestic, epic, dark. Hamish and Andy collaborate nicely on several occasions with some of the most melodic medleys and immensely heavy riffing spewed forth in the Bride’s history. Ade’s bass lines are perhaps the most beautiful melodies on a bass I've heard. At least, the most beautiful since Like Gods of the Sun. Seemingly also, he has to adjust to a different drummer on every album- hah! So that is another hit sprinkled into the mix. Speaking of which, John Bennett of The Prophecy handled all of the session drum duties on this album. A job very well done! Not sure if he will become the new full-time drummer? Another area that seems lacking from album to album are the keyboards. Though Sarah is definitely doing a spectacular job, MDB just needs that extra little violin-magic back! Where the hell is Martin these days? Ehh, who am I kidding, this album is one of my top 5 albums of the year and it should be- it's bloody brilliant!!! (just find Martin, will you?)

Rating:
94

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell