My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride are an English doom metal band formed in Bradford, England in June 1990 after guitarist Andrew Craighan and drummer Rick Miah co-formed the band after they had split from Abiosis, joining vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe and guitarist Calvin Robertshaw while ending Abiosis.
After six months of rehearsing, My Dying Bride recorded and released their demo, Towards the Sinister, which was produced by Tim Walker of Voltage Records. Its title was taken from a line in the song “Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium”. The band would soon release their first single, “God Is Alone”, on a small French label called Listenable. After the single had sold out almost immediately, they were picked up by Peaceville Records, and they could release their first EP, Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium, which also featured their latest recruit, bassist Adrian Jackson. The EP was soon followed by their first full-length album, As the Flower Withers.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of My Dying Bride’s existence, the album Evinta was released on 30th May 2011. Evinta featured some previous My Dying Bride material re-worked as neo-classical and ambient songs. Soon after, the band announced the release of the EP The Barghest O’ Whitby, which was released 7th November 2011, and consists of a single, 27-minute track.
To date, My Dying Bride have released twelve full-length studio albums, three EPs, one demo, one box set, four compilation albums, one live album, and one live CD/DVD release.
Along with Anathema and Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride is a forerunner of the death/doom metal genre and considered part of the “Peaceville Three” as all three bands were signed to Peaceville Records at the time.
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