SONGS OF DARKNESS, WORDS OF LIGHT
ALBUM PEACEVILLE, SPP RELEASE:
FEBRUARY 18, 2004 REVIEW: JANUARY 28, 2004
as always, these British lads take us on a journey through the darkest
recesses of the human soul – and beyond. I didn’t realise
how much I had longed for a new release from My Dying Bride until I put
"Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" in my Discman.
You see, I hold "The Angel and the Dark River" as one of the
best metal albums, ever. Or at least as one of the premier records in
the gloomy genre of doomy goth metal. And "The Dreadful Hours"
(2001) sparked a hope in me that My Dying Bride just might have it in
I was right.
"Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" is probably the best produced
record by MDB yet, full of nicely crafted dark songs and great lyrics.
Aaron Stainthorpe sings better than ever – but still growls from
time to time – and the whole album breaths rejuvenation for the
band. Strangely though, the tears that trickled down my chin the first
time I listened to "The Angel…" and the fear that grips
my heart when I hear "The Dreadful Hours" is nowhere to be found.
The production, although great, is almost too polished, too streamlined.
This may be just what the band need to break into the mainstream and gain
new listeners, but I, for one, miss the old MDB. Even the song writing,
flawless as it is, is somewhat more targeted towards a larger audience
– listen to "My Wine in Silence" and you will see what
"Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" might become the greatest
commercial success yet for MDB, and they deserve it. They just have to
really watch out, so that they don’t become too polished. Then they
will have a real reason to sing sad songs. And I will cry - for all the