Still reeling from the success of 2012 release A Map of All Our Failures, Yorkshire heroes My Dying Bride return somewhat briskly with another new EP entitled The Manuscript. This is four brand spanking new tracks of epic doom for fans to indulge in. Lead and title track ‘The Manuscript’ is the band at their disconsolate best. A slow moving number that boasts some crisp, rolling drums and long lingering riffs from Craighan and Glencross. The chilling violin from Shaun MacGowan breaks up the song into manageable chunks of gloom. Of course the classic voice of Aaron Stainthorpe is once again present and he whispers menacingly with intent in parts. The pace is raised for the two minute outro, which ends with some well placed Spanish guitar. Second song ‘Var Gud Over Er’ is a completely different beast in comparison to its preceding track. A deep crunching riff opens proceedings, fast paced machine gun like riffs and the furious growl of Stainthorpe highlights the group’s ferocious intent, they mean business here. As with all the bands work they pour their heart and souls in, holding nothing back. ‘A Pale Shroud of Longing’ is classic MDB with wonderfully pulsing main riff that is preceded by a beautiful bass line and achingly sorrowed violins. Stainthorpe’s pained vocals are again impeccable and very well placed, first appearing midway through the song. The track is reminiscent of their eighth studio offering Songs of Darkness, Words of Light from 2004. The band have again enlisted the services of one of modern metal’s most underrated session drummers in Shaun Taylor Steels, who was a permanent member from 1999 – 2006. Those of you who have been lucky enough to have seen him plying his trade in the flesh will undoubtedly agree. Finally on ‘Only Tears To Replace Her With’ the heartbreaking spoken word intro from Stainthorpe again highlights the singers blessed talent for writing. The song is a slow-paced procession that bleeds anguish, accompanied by weeping twin guitars and grizzly beats. This release is well worth checking out, long-time fans will not be disappointed.
My Dying Bride are:
Andrew Craighan (Guitars), Aaron Stainthorpe (Vocals), Hamish Hamilton Glencross (Guitars), Lena Abé (Bass), Shaun Macgowan (Keyboards, Violin).