My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Nuclear Blast Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://www.nuclearblast.de/en/products/tontraeger/cd/cd/my-dying-bride-the-ghost-of-orion.html
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/MyDyingBrideOfficial/

Band line-up:

Aaron Stainthorpe – vocals
Andrew Craighan – guitars
Lena Abé – bass
Shaun Macgowan – keyboards, violin
Jeff Singer – drums
Neil Blanchett – live guitars

Tracklisting:

1. Your Broken Shore
2. To Outlive the Gods
3. Tired of Tear
4. The Solace
5. The Long Black Land
6. The Ghost of Orion
7. The Old Earth
8. Your Woven Shore

Review

The forefathers of Gothic Doom Metal, My Dying Bride have returned with their 13th studio album, “The Ghost of Orion”, the first since 2015’s incredible tome of melancholia: “Feel the Misery.”

One thing this “ghost” certainly carries with it is the message that My Dying Bride have not mellowed or waned in their miserable wonderment over their 30-year career. When I first put it on, I felt like I was being tossed and turned on a roaring sea of hardship and anxiety before being washed ashore on a beach of sorrow as “Your Broken Shore” offers.

Vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe carries the morose orchestration from track to track with his ever-changing voice, which ranges from guttural death metal style growls to an unhappy croon pioneered by goth metal contemporaries like Nick Holmes.

This album showcases how a band as big as My Dying Bride have kept their signature misery intact after such a long and adventurous career. Whilst they have experimented with other genres such as electronica or classical music, “The Ghost of Orion” is a deep reminder of how a hard-working group can retain everything that made them famous and still pull it off after many hard years on the road.

If you like funeral dirges, then the wonderful cello workings from Jo Quail will warm your heart. Moroseness also reigns supreme on “Tired of Tears”, and “The Solace” brings a truly gothic edge into the mix with the inclusion of guest Lindy Fay Hella’s beautiful vocals.

My Dying Bride is the quintessential “beauty from misery” band, and The Ghost of Orion reinforces this legacy. It is a wondrous journey into the blackest and most saddening parts of the human psyche which also conjures images of nature and frosty landscapes to make you find solace in the gloomiest of times.

Review by

Demitri Levantis

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