Yorkshire’s My Dying Bride have been a true guiding light in their field, since they first appeared on the scene way back in 1990. This, their twelfth studio release is the sound of a very well oiled machine. Here, the quintet have effortlessly produced some of their best work in recent times. The follow-up to 2009’s ‘For Lies I Sire’ is awash with dark and gloom soaked riffs, that we all know and love. ‘A Tapestry Scorned’ is thick in sorrowful melody and boasts a heroic performance on drums by one of metal’s most underrated drummers Shaun Taylor-Steels. Other standout tracks are the dark and beautiful stomp of ‘Like A Perpetual Funeral’ and the marauding sway of title track ‘A Map of all our Failures’. In Aaron Stainthorpe, the group have arguably the finest frontman in modern metal. He possesses the ability to convey an array of feelings in his work and can change from furious rage to melancholy at the blink of an eye. His fragility is perhaps one of his most appealing aspects of his work. Elsewhere the gargantuan, dual guitars of messrs. Glencross and Craighan are in fine fettle, as is always the case. Bassist Lena Abé is also reliably strong on bass. A special mention must also be made for the faultless multi instrumentalism on keyboards and violin from Shaun MacGowan, who has quickly cemented his place in the band since joining back in 2009. The sublime artwork is provided by Rhett Podersoo at Machine Room who has previously worked on other releases (Bring Me Victory, For Lies I Sire). In conclusion, A Map of all our Failures will be one of the albums of the year, easily. They are undoubtedly masters of their craft and may never be bettered.
A Map of all our Failures is out now.