My Dying Bride – Feel The Misery
“Feel The Misery” is the newest and latest installment in My Dying Bride’s ever evolving worlds of melancholia, depression, darkness, and the inner turmoil humans have to endure on a daily basis.
Listening to the eight songs on My Dying Bride’s “Feel The Misery” brought me to a place of internal darkness and conflict yet I could see myself sitting at my desk and typing this review. This is a scary thought, but these are eerie and beyond imagination recollections, which are thrown at your ears on this CD. I love the cold darkness-like sounds featured on this album, as they totally engulf your soul into its mire of haunting and sinister driven guitar, synth and vocal harmonies (the growls also fit in perfectly on the songs here as well). And their solid, sound wave shattering rhythm section also rounds out the sonic aspects of the emotionally destructive chaos “Feel The Misery” unleashes upon the listener.
From the catchy, depressive choruses of the title track “Feel The Misery” to the tear invoking musical aesthetics of “I Almost Loved You”, you can surely feel singer Aaron Stainthorpe’s inner sadness and place of isolation his mind must have been during the writing process of these songs.
“I Almost Loved You” is a well written, what is to become a My Dying Bride classic, with its concert piano written style and Aaron’s very, very emotionally singing style. This song definitely brought tears of a time in my past from a long time back, when I was just a child, and innocence was king. Wow, the piano work on this song could be used as a funeral hymn, which sends shivers down my spine even thinking about it.
Tracks, “To Shiver In Empty Halls”, “Within A Sleeping Forest”, “And My Father Left Forever” as well as “A Cold New Curse” have gone back to the roots of My Dying Bride’s albums “As The Flower Withers”, my all time favorite “Turn Loose The Swans” and “The Angel And The Dark River”.
I was taken to the darkest of dark places in my mind when I heard the chilling synths and Aaron’s distinctive growls on “Within A Sleeping Forest”. However, it’s not just his growls here that throw you into a complete world of isolation, it is his clean vocals too, which have such a mesmerizing effect on the listener’s mind.
The violins along with the synths here add a nice dirge, depressive feel to this track, you feel as if you’ve come to your own bloody funeral.
In addition, with an hours worth of music here, it felt like a somber ritual of sorts during some ancient time, with the keys and violins adding so much more depth to My Dying Bride’s already immensely darkened and melancholy inspired songs.
It’s not how this band bring-forth their music to the listener, it’s how they present it, dressed up beautifully in the sincerest of emotions.
“Feel The Misery” is not a one-listen album, as it’ll take repeated spins to truly appreciate My Dying Bride’s genuine talent and spirit of quality songwriting. However, do keep in mind, with multiple listens of this album from beginning to end, it’ll grow on you, slowly submerging you to the place where all of this doom and gloom originates.
Try imagining going to the source of all eight songs featured here, as you’ll be on the bleakest journey of your life, whereby light does not even exist. This is what numbers like “A Cold New Curse” and “I Celebrate Your Skin” along with the others will make you feel.
People, My Dying Bride is not for everyone, as this band does not play your standard run-of-the-mill doom/death metal. This is so damn atmospheric in all aspects, that “Feel The Misery” will show you the true meaning of what misery is all about. This album is nothing short of excellent, so check it out and feel the misery. Peaceville Sarjoo Devani