My Dying Bride

My Dying Bride
Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
1997 / 2000 / 2002 / 2004 / 2006 / 2008 / 2010 / 2012 / 2015 / 2020

Genre

Doom Metal

Country

United Kingdom

Biography

My Dying Bride formed in 1990 in Bradford, England, and was one of the driving forces behind the burgeoning doom/gothic scene in the early 90s. Their debut ‘As the Flower Withers’ dropped in 1992 and its epic, powerful riffs and luscious dark atmosphere was a promise of much more to come. ‘Evinta’ (2011) bears testament to the band’s versatility by reworking existing material into classical and ambient-sounding gems, a recipe that was also applied to the ‘The Barghest O' Whitby’ EP, which consists of a single 27-minute track of wonderfully depressing doom metal. Their most recent full-length, ‘Feel the Misery’ (2015) tweaks the formula yet again as no two albums are ever the same. Still, over the years the keyboard melodies, soaring violins, weeping guitars and melancholic feel of the music have remained key ingredients, as has singer Stainthorpe’s unique delivery: he growls, grunts, laments and proclaims his way through the lyrics with heartfelt emotion, depicting as much as singing them. Despite numerous line-up changes My Dying Bride remains one of the most proficient and consistently excellent doom bands in the business. (#GMM20)