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Album of the Day: My Dying Bride – Feel The Misery

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Fans of My Dying Bride know what to expect – with nearly 25 years of consistently stellar material, it’s reasonable to think that their latest epic dirge, Feel The Misery would easily meet expectations if not outright exceed them; they’ve rewritten the history of melancholia and the tortured human condition with the perfect fusion of doom, death, goth and gravitas – every decade with its subjective artistic pinnacle – 2001’s The Dreadful Hours, 1995’s The Angel And The Dark River; even the slick metal-synth experimentation of 1998’s 34.788%… Complete (an underrated and unfairly criticized album and the last to feature the now newly returned guitarist Calvin Robertshaw) retained the band’s trademark sound and timeless aesthetic.

My Dying Bride - Feel The Misery
The group’s latest outing is not a reinvention of the wheel per se, but another step in refining the perfect soundtrack to mankind’s inherent destructive tendencies – obsession, the cruelties of passion, and the agonal journey towards eventual death and liberation; a soundtrack that longstanding members Aaron Stainthorpe (vocals) and Andrew Craighan (guitars) have been aiming for since the band’s inception. That Robertshaw is featured on this record is somewhat symbolic in the cyclical evolution of the band —2012’s A Map Of All Our Failures saw a return to the stripped, lean and raw appeal of earlier 90s releases; Feel The Misery, although glistening with a bit more studio polish, continues this ‘return to the roots’ theme, capturing elements of some of the group’s best records.

‘A Thorn of Wisdom’ recalls the more progressive writing style from 2004’s Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light – the track builds on dual piano / synth melodies with a cool galloping rhythm section; Stainthorpe provides a clean croon, layered for texture and ambience – it’s a pleasant surprise of a song; forward thinking without losing My Dying Bride’s quintessential identity.

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Album of the day: Sacri Monti – S/T

Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Sacri Monti are a fuzzy, psychey, trip-out of a band from San Diego, California whose debut eponymous full length has just dropped down on us from Tee Pee Records’ sepia-tinted land of sonic solace. The quintet are comprised of members of Radio Moscow (bassist […]

Album of the Day: CHRCH – Unanswered Hymns

Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I’m gunna level with you: the modern day sludge / heavy psych / drone / doom / whatever market these days is more crowded than a standard rush-hour in New Delhi, although yes, I’ll admit there are some bands that do come more immediately […]

Album of the Day: Undersmile – Anhedonia

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Undersmile are one of the UK’s brightest hopes in the doom scene. Having bulldozed everyone with their stunning debut, Narwhal, the band are now unleashing their 70+ minute opus Anhedonia, to an eager public. Anhedonia is proving to be a much more experimental force […]

Album of the Day: Hate & Merda – L’Anno Dell’Odio

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Hate & Merda are a mysterious Italian duo specialising in an interesting blend of sludge, psychadelia and atmospherics. Their debut album’s title is roughly translated as The Year Of Hate, and its barren depths and bleak, nihilistic soundscapes are the perfect soundtrack to every […]

Album of the Day: Spectral Haze – I.E.V. Transmutated Nebula Remains

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Ladies and gentlemen we are very definitely floating in space here. From the slow feedback oscillation and filthy bass of instrumental opener ‘I.V.E. I – Circumambulating Mount Meru’ through to the final race to the cosmic finish line at the end of ‘Triads And […]

Album of the Day: Mansion – Uncreation

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Turku, Finland’s Mansion have been consistently impressing listeners with their highly polished, Kartanoism themed, doom rock since their debut single We Shall Live was released in February 2013. The We Shall Live EP followed in June 2013, and the slightly more upbeat The Mansion […]

Album of the Day: Death Penalty – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: He’s blessed us with the classics – Forest Of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror, The Carnival Bizarre, Endtyme – the list goes on; as the main songwriter and penultimate “riff-finder general” for legendary doom outfit Cathedral, the name Gaz Jennings has been synonymous with skull […]

Album of the Day: Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s been a long, hard road for Yob, an uphill journey beset with obstacles – the first lineup of the band breaking up, subsequent legal issues around mainman Mike Scheidt’s interrim band Middian and Scheidt’s own struggles with his personal demons – but ever […]

Album of the Day: Fórn – The Departure Of Consciousness

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The Departure of Consciousness is the soundtrack to collapse – the slow, final collapse of a dying relationship, the slow cascade of brick and mortar from a collapsing building or the terrifying claustrophobia of the inward collapse of the human mind, all are evoked […]