Doom metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much "thicker" or "heavier" sound than other heavy metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair and impending doom; the genre is influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal with songs such as "Black Sabbath", "Children of the Grave", "Electric Funeral" and "Into the Void". During the first half of the 1980s, a number of bands from England, the United States and Sweden defined doom metal as a distinct genre; the electric guitar, bass guitar and drum kit are the most common instruments used to play doom metal, but its structures are rooted in the same scales as in blues. Guitarists and bassists downtune their instruments to low notes and make use of large amounts of distortion, thus producing a "thick" or "heavy" guitar tone, one of the defining characteristics of the genre. Along with the usual heavy metal compositional technique of guitars and bass playing the same riff in unison, this creates an impressively loud and bass-heavy wall of sound.
Another defining characteristic is the consistent focus on slow tempos, minor tonality with much use of dissonance. Traditional doom metal vocalists favour clean vocals, which are performed with a sense of despair, desperation or pain. So-called "epic doom" vocalists take it a step further, singing in an operatic style. Doom metal bands influenced by other extreme metal genres use growled or screamed vocals, as is the case of death-doom, black-doom, funeral doom. Lyrics in doom metal play a key role. Influenced by notable blues musicians like Robert Johnson and Son House they are gloomy and pessimistic, including themes such as: suffering, fear, dread and anger. While some bands write lyrics in introspective and personal ways, others convey their themes using symbolism – which may be inspired by occult arts and literature; some doom metal bands use religious themes in their music. Trouble, one of the genre's pioneers, were among the first to incorporate Christian imagery. Others have incorporated pagan imagery.
For many bands, the use of religious themes is for symbolic purposes only. Examples include lyrics/imagery about the Last Judgment to invoke dread, or the use of crucifixes and cross-shaped headstones to symbolize death. Furthermore, some doom metal bands write lyrics about drugs or drug addiction; this is most common among stoner doom bands, who describe hallucinogenic or psychedelic experiences. Doom metal is rooted in the music of early Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath's music is itself stylistically rooted in blues, but with the deliberately doomy and loud guitar playing of Tony Iommi, the then-uncommon dark and pessimistic lyrics and atmosphere, they set the standards of early heavy metal and inspired various doom metal bands. In the early 1970s both Black Sabbath and Pentagram composed and performed this heavy and dark music, which would in the 1980s begin to be known and referred to as doom metal by subsequent musicians and fans. Aside from Pentagram and Black Sabbath, other groups from the 70s would influence the genre's development.
Blue Cheer is hailed as one of the first stoner metal bands. Through the use of loud amplifiers and guitar feedback, their debut Vincebus Eruptum created a template for other artists to follow. Though lacking the pessimistic lyrical content of their contemporaries, Welsh heavy metal band Budgie would produce heavy songs which were amongst the loudest of their day, stylistically influencing various doom metal acts. Early doom metal was influenced by Japan's Flower Travellin' Band their albums Kirikyogen and Satori. Other notable groups include Sir Lord Baltimore, Bang, Lucifer's Friend, Iron Claw and Leaf Hound. During the early-mid-1980s, bands from England and the United States contributed much to the formation of doom metal as a distinct genre. In 1982, English pioneers Witchfinder General released their debut album Death Penalty. During 1984 and 1985, three American pioneers released their debuts; the Swedish Candlemass would prove influential with their first record Epicus Doomicus Metallicus in 1986, from which the genre takes its name.
Some doom metal bands were influenced by the underground gothic rock and post-punk scene of the 1980s, showing similarities with the dark themes addressed through lyrics and the music atmosphere, both music styles deal with. A doom metal band like Mindrot was described as a cross-over between death metal and gothic rock. Like other extreme metal genres, doom metal has regionally based scenes, with their own particular characteristics: In one of the greatest doom metal outputs, Finnish groups focus more on the depressive mood of the genre, evoking an intense grieving feeling; the bands play with slow tempos and melodic tones, creating an atmosphere of darkness and melancholia. This scene was kick-started by the band Rigor Mortis, which originated in 1987. Notable bands include Reverend Bizarre, Dolorian, Shape of Despair, Skeptici
34.788%... Complete is the fifth album by My Dying Bride, released on 6 October 1998; the track "Under Your Wings and into Your Arms" appears on both The Voice of the Wretched CD and the Sinamorata DVD, the opening track, "The Whore, the Cook and the Mother" appeared on their latest live DVD, An Ode to Woe. The Japanese version of the album featured a bonus track, entitled "Follower"; this track was featured on the 2003 re-release digipak of the album. The album was dedicated to the memory of father of bassist Adrian; this is the only album by My Dying Bride to feature the drumming of Bill Law. It is the first not to feature long-time keyboardist and violinist Martin Powell, who became a live member of Anathema shortly afterwards, full-time member of Cradle of Filth two years after the album was released; the spoken word interlude during "The Whore, The Cook and The Mother" is based on the simulant interrogation method from the movie Blade Runner. Questions are asked in Cantonese and reversed, singer Aaron Stainthorpe's replies can be heard.
The album's title was derived from a dream that guitarist Calvin Robertshaw had, he was told the human race had a limited lifespan on Earth, 34.788% of which had expired. The album demonstrated a foray into a more electronic style of music, not popular with fans and was abandoned on subsequent albums. All songs published By VILE Music. Aaron Stainthorpe – vocals Andrew Craighan – guitars Calvin Robertshaw – guitars Adrian Jackson – bass Bill Law – drums Keith Appleton and Mags – keyboards Michelle Richfield – female vocals on "Heroin Chic" Arranged by My Dying Bride Produced and mixed by Mags and Calvin Robertshaw Engineered by Mags, with assistance from James Anderson and Stevie Clow
Evinta is an album by doom metal band My Dying Bride released in 2011. It is a development of many of My Dying Bride's older musical themes and riffs, which were re-written for a variety of classical instruments, rather than the traditional metal music instruments. "Evinta. A project 15 years in the making. An idea that has sat smoldering and never had a reason to burn alive until now. 9 albums worth of darkness recreated anew to mark 20 years of MDB. Music arranged to the soundscapes of sorrows past; the 20th anniversary allows us to release this music in a form it has been woefully waiting for. Enjoy the Darkness."My Dying Bride press release, 5 April 2011 Evinta was released in three separate formats - jewel case, limited edition and deluxe edition. The jewel case and limited editions both contained disks one and two, with the limited edition coming in digipak format with a 24-page booklet and being shipped to independent retailers only, compared with the jewel case being for general retail.
The deluxe edition came with the third disk. Music from the third disk, however, is intended to be released separately in due course; the book and booklet both contained pictures from My Dying Bride's history, with a brief paragraph for every major release, as well as lyrics. However, the booklet missed out certain lyrics, the deluxe edition removed the paragraph for the album The Light at the End of the World. Disc oneIn Your Dark Pavilion — 10:03 You Are Not the One Who Loves Me — 6:47 Of Lilies Bent with Tears — 7:10 The Distance.
As the Flower Withers
As the Flower Withers was the first album by Yorkshire-based doom metal band My Dying Bride. The artwork was designed by Dave McKean; this is the only full-length My Dying Bride album on which lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe utilizes his trademark death growl as the sole vocal style. Many of the tracks on this album have appeared in a different form on other My Dying Bride releases. "Sear Me" was the first in a trilogy of songs to bear the title, followed by the keyboard- and violin-only "Sear Me MCMXCIII" in 1993 and "Sear Me III" in 1999, more similar in style to the original, being a full band composition. "The Bitterness and the Bereavement" evolved from an earlier demo, released independently as "Unreleased Bitterness" in 1993. This version of the song appears on the digipak re-release of As the Flower Withers, on the rarities/best-of compilation Meisterwerk 1. "Vast Choirs" is a reworked version of the version that appears on the band's first recording, Towards the Sinister. This version is available on both Meisterwerk 2 and the 2004 reissue of Trinity.
"The Return of the Beautiful" was re-recorded for 2001's The Dreadful Hours, with its title being changed to "The Return to the Beautiful". Live versions of "The Forever People" can be found on the limited edition versions of The Angel and the Dark River and For Darkest Eyes; this song is played as the last song of the set in many of the band's live shows. All music composed by all lyrics by Aaron Stainthorpe. Aaron Stainthorpe - vocals Andrew Craighan - guitar Calvin Robertshaw - guitar Adrian Jackson - bass Rick Miah - drumsAdditional personnel Martin Powell - session violin Wolfgang Bremmer - session horn Dave McKean - cover photography and design Noel Summerville - mastering
A Line of Deathless Kings
A Line of Deathless Kings is the ninth studio album by My Dying Bride. It was released on 9 October 2006. A limited edition of the album comes in a hard clamshell case with a double-sided poster and five postcards, depicting the full-time members of the band; the drummer on this album is not included. This is the only album on which he appears, he replaced previous drummer Shaun Steels, who left the band after a repeated leg injury meant he could not drum full-time for fear of worsening his condition. This echoes how Rick Miah left the band in 1997 after falling ill with Crohn's disease. Bennett filled in for Steels for two years until his commitments to The Prophecy became too great to continue drumming for My Dying Bride. Following the release of the album, with an imminent return of Steels looking unlikely, Dan Mullins was recruited by the band as its permanent drummer. Lena Abé replaced the departed Adrian Jackson on bass; the album was preceded by the EP Deeper Down on 18 September 2006. The video for "Deeper Down" is featured on the CD version of the album.
It was directed by Charlie Granberg, who directed Katatonia's "My Twin" and "Deliberation" videos. The album artwork was created by Matthew Vickerstaff. All music composed by My Dying Bride. Aaron Stainthorpe – vocals Andrew Craighan – guitars Hamish Glencross – guitars Adrian Jackson – bass Sarah Stanton – keyboards John Bennett – drums
The Dreadful Hours
The Dreadful Hours is the seventh album by My Dying Bride released on 13 November 2001. It contains a remake of "The Return of the Beautiful" from the band's debut album, As the Flower Withers. Singer Aaron Stainthorpe has cited that either this or Like Gods of the Sun is his favourite MDB album; the Dreadful Hours comes housed in a digipak with a full colour booklet. Aaron Stainthorpe - vocals Andrew Craighan - guitars Hamish Glencross - guitars Adrian Jackson - bass Shaun Taylor-Steels - drums Jonny Maudling - keyboards Yasmin Ahmed - keyboards on "A Cruel Taste of Winter"
For Lies I Sire
For Lies I Sire is the tenth studio album by British doom metal pioneers My Dying Bride, released on 23 March 2009 via Peaceville Records and 21 April 2009 in the United States. It is the first album without keyboardist Sarah Stanton since she joined My Dying Bride in 2004 for their Songs of Darkness, Words of Light album. Musically, it is their first album since 1996's Like Gods of the Sun to feature a violin, performed by new band member Katie Stone; the album was recorded during September 2008 in Manchester's Futureworks Studio. Andrew Craighan stated that the feel of the album is, in his words, "heading for empty and bleak with flashes of rage." Vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe stated in an interview that For Lies I Sire is "quite the most depressing thing we've created to date", that it's an album that unites the past of the band with the future. The album is the first since 1996's album Like Gods of the Sun to feature a violin, this time performed by new keyboardist and violinist Katie Stone.
The idea of using violin again has been described by Stainthorpe as adding "a deep range of feeling". The violin parts were well received by critics. "A Chapter in Loathing" begins with the same riff that closed the band's last album, A Line of Deathless Kings. This was the first studio release featuring keyboardist/violinist Katie Stone, drummer Dan Mullins and bassist Lena Abé, although the latter two featured on the 2008 live CD/DVD An Ode to Woe. Stone resigned from the post to focus on her studies soon after the release of the album, to be replaced by Shaun MacGowan for the upcoming tour and Bring Me Victory EP; the album was well received by critics. Thom Jurek of Allmusic praised Aaron Stainthorpe, calling his vocals "better than ever" and his lyrics "beautifully poetic and streamlined". Jurek pointed out the entire band being on top-notch, with several good hooks in all instruments, called the album both a good introduction to the band for new fans, a good follow-up to fans of all the previous albums.
David E. Gehlke of Blistering.com called For Lies I Sire to be My Dying Bride's second best album after 1999's The Light at the End of the World, praised the work of new drummer Dan Mullins, noting that he put out an "inspired performance getting colossal drum roll treatment on My Body, A Funeral and the death metal-tinged A Chapter in Loathing". At the same time, several critics have noted the departure of death grunts on the albums, including For Lies I Sire. Trey Spencer of Sputnik Music feels it has the album lacking important parts and calling it "a shame because musically this is some of the best material they’ve released in over a decade", he adds that he enjoys the album, but is "constantly waiting for a little extra kick that never comes". The return of the violin, as performed by Katie Stone, has been praised by critics, he praised the violin usage in the song My Body, a Funeral, noting that it "is used in a way that seems to extend the lyrics despite the lack of any words". David E. Gehlke of Blistering.com praised the album's interplay between the guitar riffs of Andrew Craighan's and Hamish Glencross, Katie Stone's violin.
Aaron Stainthorpe – vocals Andrew Craighan – guitars Hamish Glencross – guitars Lena Abé – bass Katie Stone – keyboards, violins Dan Mullins – drums