One of my favourite metal bands of the early 90s was the Australian band Disembowelment. Disembowelment were a band who were willing to go beyond established norms and break the rules. As a band they inspired many in the Oz metal scene and many people who played melodic, death and black metal in Europe and America. Of note throughout the bands short recording life, were vocalist Renato Gallina’s Tibetan Buddhist Chanting inspired throaty vocals, occasional polyphonic sounding vocals, the sublime lyrics (not that my ears ever understood them), the heavy down tuning of the guitars, the elegant but simple guitar melodies, rapidly changing tempos and the well woven double kick bass drum beat.

Renato (who was really the driving force behind Disembowelment) contacted me today to let me know that he has recently re-recorded and re-worked the track Nightside of Eden, which was the 4th track on their 1993 album Transcendence into The Peripheral. Feel free to enjoy or share with anyone who might like it !


More on Renato’s musical life (including his ambient/folk band Trial of the Bow) here : https://www.discogs.com/artist/577153-Renato-Gallina and Disembowelment here : https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Disembowelment/4213, https://myspace.com/disembowelment  and https://disembowelment.bandcamp.com/.


My Dying Bride

I first heard doom metal band My Dying Bride in 1992, when sometime in the middle of the night I flicked on Rage (Australian MTV) and heard the title track from  “Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium“. My Dying Bride catered well to my then very dark personality but I lost interest in them soon after my son was born in 1999. I do however occasionally listen to their early albums but have heard little of their later material. My Dying Bride’s early material was really the best of the doom genre. They were one of the first bands to truly integrate orchestral sounds into their music and to really understand how to create atmosphere. An atmosphere of darkness, desperation sadness and dark sexuality.

My Dying Bride have no doubt been a great inspiration for others in the genre and related genres and would be a great band to see live !

I find it dissappointing that unlike bands like Anathema, their music never really grew up and matured. It’s still stuck in the same dark vein it started in. Having said that, the people in the band, like founding member/vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe, seem like nice people with a great sense of humour. Perhaps the darkness of My Dying Bride is a convenient way for Aaron to give voice to another aspect of himself and to enjoy the theatre of the mind.

More about MDB here : http://www.mydyingbride.net/ and here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Dying_Bride.