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.