My Dying Bride

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Background information
Origin Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Years active1990–present
Labels Peaceville Records
Members Aaron Stainthorpe
Andrew Craighan
Lena Abé
Shaun MacGowan
Calvin Robertshaw
Jeff Singer
Past members Martin Powell
Yasmin Ahmed
Bill Law
Rick Miah
Adrian Jackson
Sarah Stanton
Katie Stone
Dan Mullins
Hamish Glencross
Shaun Taylor-Steels

My Dying Bride is an English doom metal band formed in Bradford in 1990. To date, My Dying Bride has 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.

Doom metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that typically 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, dread, and impending doom. The genre is strongly 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.

Bradford city in the City of Bradford, Yorkshire, England

Bradford is a city in the Metropolitan Borough of the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Bradford lies in the foothills of the Pennines, 8.6 miles (14 km) west of Leeds, and 16 miles (26 km) northwest of Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following local government reform in 1974, city status was bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.


Along with Anathema and Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride was a forerunner of the death doom metal and gothic metal genres during the early 1990s. The band is considered part of the "Peaceville Three" as all three bands were signed to Peaceville Records at the time.

Anathema (band) English band

Anathema are a British rock band from Liverpool. The line-up consists of singers and guitarists Vincent and Daniel Cavanagh, their brother Jamie Cavanagh on bass, drummer John Douglas, singer Lee Douglas, and keyboardist/drummer Daniel Cardoso since November 2012.

Paradise Lost (band) British band

Paradise Lost are a gothic metal band that formed in 1988 in Halifax, England and are considered by some to be one of the pioneers of the death-doom genre and of the gothic metal genre. Paradise Lost has proven to be an influential band, with Jonas Renkse of Katatonia saying that his band started off "as Paradise Lost fanboys".

Gothic metal is a fusion genre combining the heaviness of heavy metal with the dark atmospheres of gothic rock. The music of gothic metal is diverse with bands known to adopt the gothic approach to different styles of heavy metal music. The genre originated during the early 1990s in the United Kingdom originally as an outgrowth of death-doom, a fusion of death metal and doom metal. Lyrics are generally dark and introspective with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.


Early years (1990–1992)

My Dying Bride was formed in Bradford in the north of 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, the band 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 .

Andrew Craighan British musician

Andrew Craighan is one of My Dying Bride's founding guitarists. Along with Aaron Stainthorpe, and now Calvin Robertshaw they are the only original members of the band still in the lineup. He played the guitar from 1989 to 1990 in the band Abiosis.

Aaron Stainthorpe British singer

Aaron Stainthorpe is an English singer and songwriter. He is the vocalist for doom metal band My Dying Bride.

<i>Towards the Sinister</i> album by My Dying Bride

Towards The Sinister is the first demo release by death/doom metal band My Dying Bride after their six-month rehearsal period in 1990. The demo was released 25 November 1990 and was produced by Tim Walker of Voltage Records. The demo contains low sound quality due to the band requesting a 'dirty-grunge sound' using old analogue sound equipment. After the release of the demo tape in 1990, the band had no problem with sales of the Listenable Records EP "God Is Alone", which attracted the attention of Peaceville Records, with whom the band has signed ever since.

Turn Loose the Swans (1992–1994)

As the Flower Withers was followed by a big tour in the UK and the mainland Europe, and in 1992 they recorded their next EP, The Thrash of Naked Limbs . Another tour was planned, but cancelled when their current drummer had a bad fall while shooting the accompanying video. In 1993, Martin Powell joined as My Dying Bride's keyboardist and violinist, and they started the recording of their second studio album, Turn Loose the Swans . With the joining of Martin Powell, the usage of violin increased even more since their As the Flower Withers album. The album was followed by a tour and the release of another EP, I Am the Bloody Earth , in 1994.

<i>The Thrash of Naked Limbs</i> extended play by My Dying Bride

The Thrash of Naked Limbs is the third EP by death/doom metal band My Dying Bride. This EP was also released as a vinyl record. By this time, the band was a 6-piece, having added session violinist and keyboardist Martin Powell as an official band member.

Martin Powell British musician

Martin Powell is an English musician. In 1991, Powell auditioned for the position of bass player in the band My Dying Bride, but was turned down as the band had just filled the position. Upon informing the band he was also a violin and keyboard player, he was hired as a session musician, before becoming the band's permanent violinist and keyboardist.

<i>Turn Loose the Swans</i> album by My Dying Bride

Turn Loose the Swans is the second album by the British doom metal band My Dying Bride, released in 1993 and remastered in 2013.

The Angel and the Dark River (1995)

1995 saw the release of My Dying Bride's next album, The Angel and the Dark River . The album was followed with a successful tour with some of their first festival gigs, and soon after the fans saw the release of their first compilation album, Trinity , a collection of songs from their first three EPs. In the end of 1995, My Dying Bride traveled on a three-month tour with heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

<i>The Angel and the Dark River</i> album

The Angel and the Dark River is the third album by the British doom/death metal band My Dying Bride. The 1996 re-release contains one bonus track "The Sexuality of Bereavement" and a bonus CD titled Live at the Dynamo. The Live CD was recorded during their appearance at the Dynamo Festival in 1995.

<i>Trinity</i> (My Dying Bride album) 1995 album by My Dying Bride

Trinity is a compilation album by death/doom metal band My Dying Bride. The album combines tracks from previously released EPs. This compilation CD also has two different versions of the front cover. The American release version has a different cover to the version released in the rest of the world. In 2004 the CD was re-released and given an extra 2 tracks taken from the band's first demo, "Towards the Sinister".

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Like Gods of the Sun (1996–1997)

Like Gods of the Sun continued in the direction of The Angel and the Dark River, in that it did not contain any growling vocals by Aaron Stainthorpe. This was the fourth, full-length album of My Dying Bride featuring songs like "A Kiss to Remember", "For You" and "For My Fallen Angel". "For My Fallen Angel" is strictly an orchestral composition with sections of violin and synth. It is also the last MDB album to feature a violin, until For Lies I Sire .

<i>Like Gods of the Sun</i> album

Like Gods of the Sun is the fourth album by My Dying Bride released in 1996, and the last album by the band to feature Rick Miah, who left the band in 1997, on drums and Martin Powell on keyboards and violins.

<i>For Lies I Sire</i> album by My Dying Bride

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.

34.788%...Complete and hiatus (1998–2001)

The somewhat experimental 34.788%...Complete was next, followed by The Light at the End of the World . My Dying Bride entered a hiatus after this, releasing two retrospective albums Meisterwerk 1 and Meisterwerk 2 . The Meisterwerk albums are compilations that contain previously released and rare material from My Dying Bride. At the end of the hiatus, Calvin Robertshaw left the band to become their tour manager and was replaced by Hamish Glencross.

The Dreadful Hours (2001–2004)

Originally released in 2001, The Dreadful Hours featured new material with the seventh release. The album was again engineered by Mags and co-produced by guitarist Andrew Craighan. Between 2003 and 2004, the band's label, Peaceville, re-released their entire back-catalogue in digipak format, with bonus tracks consisting of demos, remixes, and live performances added to each release (except "The Light at the End of the World").

Songs of Darkness Words of Light (2004–2005)

2004's follow-up Songs of Darkness Words of Light showed a band continuing to expand and refine their sound and purpose. A substantial increase in live performances — once an unheard-of rarity — has led to much greater recognition by a new generation of fans.

The band's next release came in May 2005, when they released the fancifully titled Anti-Diluvian Chronicles , a fully-fledged best of box set featuring three discs and thirty tracks.

A Line of Deathless Kings (2006–2007)

The band spent the winter of 2005/2006 writing material for new studio album A Line of Deathless Kings . The album was released on 9 October 2006. It was preceded by the EP Deeper Down on 18 September. Shortly before the release of A Line of Deathless Kings, Shaun Taylor-Steels announced his permanent departure from the band due to persistent problems with his ankle.

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My Dying Bride opening for Meshuggah.

In early 2007, Jackson announced his departure and session-drummer John Bennett from The Prophecy could no longer stay, citing a lack of time due to work commitments. Replacements were found in Lena Abé on bass and Dan Mullins on drums. [1]

For Lies I Sire, Evinta, The Barghest O' Whitby (2009–2011)

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My Dying Bride playing at Tuska 2009.

In November 2008, My Dying Bride began work on their tenth studio album, entitled For Lies I Sire , which was released on 23 March 2009. Due to Sarah Stanton's pregnancy, she had been replaced on keyboards by Katie Stone, she performed violin on For Lies I Sire. Soon after the album's release, she was replaced by Shaun MacGowan.

On 26 October 2009 saw the release of My Dying Bride's new EP/DVD, Bring Me Victory . Except for the title track and its video, it also includes a doom metal cover of the traditional song Scarborough Fair , a cover of "Failure" by Swans and a live version of Vast Choirs (originally from As the Flower Withers), performed at Graspop 2008. [2]

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of My Dying Bride's existence, the album Evinta was released on 30 May 2011. Evinta featured some previous My Dying Bride material re-worked as neo-classical and ambient songs. [3] Soon after, the band announced the release of the EP The Barghest o' Whitby , which was released 7 November 2011, and consists of a single, 27-minute track. [4] [5]

A Map of All Our Failures and The Manuscript (2012–2014)

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Calvin Robertshaw, git., 2015

On 17 April 2012, it was announced that in a one-off show in Leeds, My Dying Bride would headline the Jägermeister stage at Damnation Festival 2012. The report on the festival's official website also stated that new album material would be premiered during the show. [6] In May 2012 a list of European tour dates was announced for December that year.

On 27 July 2012, the title, artwork, and track listing of the forthcoming 11th studio album, A Map of All Our Failures , was announced on the band's website. It was stated that the album would be released 15 October in Europe and 16 October in the USA on CD, double vinyl & special edition CD/DVD.

A Map of All Our Failures was released on 15 October 2012. Vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe described the album as being similar to the band's previous effort, For Lies I Sire , but said that the music had evolved. He described the lyrics as being about religion, passion, love, and loss. Bassist Lena Abé described the album as being a "new style of writing, done in an old way", and almost having a "live sound" due to the presence of feedback and "raw and rough" elements. [7] Guitarist Andrew Craighan described the album as, "a controlled demolition of all your hopes." [8]

On 13 May 2013, the band released a four-track EP, The Manuscript . Three of the four tracks from the EP were recorded at the same time as A Map of All Our Failures. [9] A year later on 26 May 2014 the songs of this EP were re-released together with The Barghest O' Whitby as The Vaulted Shadows LP.

On 6 June 2014, My Dying Bride announced via their website that guitarist Hamish Glencross had been fired upon returning from their U.S. 2014 Maryland Deathfest appearance, and that original guitarist Calvin Robertshaw would be returning to the band. [10]

Feel the Misery, move to Nuclear Blast (2015–present)

On 24 October 2014, My Dying Bride announced that they were in the studio recording their 12th full studio album Feel the Misery at Academy Studios in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and have finished 7 songs, but that it was more than likely not the finalized work. [11] On 25 June 2015, they announced Feel the Misery cover art, tracklist, release date and formats. [12]

On 18 September 2015, finalized Feel the Misery was released, with 8 tracks. [13]

On 1 March 2017, after 27 years being with Peaceville Records, the band announced in a Facebook post that they had signed with Nuclear Blast Records, and already have plans for their next album and singles. In the same post, they announced that they will also be performing their 1993 LP Turn Loose The Swans in its entire length at Roadburn Festival on 22 April.

The same year, drummer Dan Mullins left the band, and was replaced by a returning Shaun Taylor-Steels, who was previously in the band from 1999 to 2006, and had performed drums on A Map of All Our Failures in 2012 as a session member.

In 2017, after cancelling four festival appearances, Aaron Stainthorpe explained that the band was working on a new album, and had therefore not disbanded. [14] In a My Dying Bride Facebook post on 18 September 2018, Aaron Stainthorpe explained that the band cancelled those shows due to the cancer of his 5 year-old daughter, who is presently in remission. [15]

On 4 December 2018, the band announced that Shaun Steels had been replaced by Jeff Singer due to "unresolvable drumming issues" and that the drum tracks for the new album had been completed by Singer. [16]

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<i>As the Flower Withers</i> album by My Dying Bride

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.

<i>The Dreadful Hours</i> album by My Dying Bride

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 often 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.

<i>The Light at the End of the World</i> (My Dying Bride album) album by My Dying Bride

The Light at the End of the World is the sixth album by My Dying Bride, released in 1999. After the more experimental 34.788%...Complete, this album marks a return to the more traditional My Dying Bride doom sound and style of lyrics. It was also the first My Dying Bride release since 1994's The Sexuality of Bereavement to feature growling vocals, although Aaron Stainthorpe has noticeably changed his style and broadened his range. All guitar parts on the album were recorded by Andrew Craighan, following the earlier departure of Calvin Robertshaw. Following Robertshaw's departure, only Craighan and Stainthorpe remained as founding members of the band. Hamish Glencross was soon after recruited as permanent guitarist. The keyboard parts were played by Jonny Maudling of Bal-Sagoth. It is also the first MDB album to feature the drumming of Shaun Steels, who would remain with the band until 2006.

<i>Meisterwerk 2</i> compilation album

Meisterwerk 2 is a compilation album by My Dying Bride, which features both album tracks and rare recordings. Its companion piece - Meisterwerk 1 - was released the previous year. It is the third of five My Dying Bride compilation albums, following 1995's "Trinity" and "Meisterwerk 1", preceding "Anti-Diluvian Chronicles" in 2005 and "Meisterwerk 3" in 2016.

<i>Meisterwerk 1</i> compilation album

Meisterwerk 1 is a compilation album by My Dying Bride, which features both album tracks and rare recordings. Its companion piece - Meisterwerk 2 - was released the following year. It is the second of four My Dying Bride compilation albums, following 1995's Trinity and followed by Meisterwerk 2 later the same year and "Anti-Diluvian Chronicles" in 2005.

Hamish Glencross British musician

Hamish Glencross is a Scottish guitarist best known for his work with the English metal band My Dying Bride. He also co-founded the short-lived Blackdoom Records with the band's other guitarist, Andrew Craighan, which released The Prophecy's debut album Ashes.

<i>Anti-Diluvian Chronicles</i> compilation album

'Anti-Diluvian Chronicles' is a compilation album by My Dying Bride, which features both album tracks and new remixes. It is the fourth and most recent of four My Dying Bride compilation albums, following 1995's "Trinity" and 2000's "Meisterwerk 1" and "Meisterwerk 2".

<i>Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium</i> extended play recording

Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium is the second EP by Death-doom band My Dying Bride. "Symphonaire" was made only a few months after signing to the Peaceville Records label. The song was also released as a vinyl record and an audio tape. The artwork was designed and created by Dave McKean, who also designed some of the band's other sleeves including "As the Flower Withers" and "The Thrash of Naked Limbs".

<i>Unreleased Bitterness</i> single by My Dying Bride

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<i>A Line of Deathless Kings</i> album by My Dying Bride

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<i>Deeper Down</i> single by My Dying Bride

Deeper Down is a three-track EP, released by British doom metal band My Dying Bride on 18 September 2006.

<i>Bring Me Victory</i> extended play by My Dying Bride

Bring Me Victory is an EP by the doom metal band My Dying Bride. "Bring Me Victory" is a song from My Dying Bride's previous album, For Lies I Sire; a video was made for the song and released on this EP. "Scarborough Fair", an English traditional song, has two additional verses incorporated into it written by Aaron Stainthorpe. "Failure" is a cover of a song written by Swans. The original version had long been a highly respected song among the members of the band. "Vast Choirs" is a live version of a song originally released on My Dying Bride's first album, As The Flower Withers, and since included on several compilation releases.

Shaun MacGowan British musician

Shaun MacGowan is a UK-born violinist, keyboardist and guitarist, best known as the keyboardist and violinist of British doom metal band My Dying Bride. He replaced Katie Stone in 2009, and joined the band to tour the album For Lies I Sire. His first studio appearance with the group came on the 2009 EP Bring Me Victory, on which he played on two new tracks.

<i>The Barghest o Whitby</i> extended play

The Barghest o' Whitby is an EP by the doom metal band My Dying Bride, released on 7 November 2011. It consists of a single, 27-minute track.

<i>A Map of All Our Failures</i> album by My Dying Bride

A Map of All Our Failures is the 11th studio album by English doom metal band My Dying Bride, released on 15 October 2012 via Peaceville Records. Limited editions of the album included a bonus track and a DVD featuring a 70-minute documentary, An Evening With the Bride. The album cover artwork was by Rhett Podersoo.

<i>The Manuscript</i> (My Dying Bride EP) extended play by My Dying Bride

The Manuscript is a My Dying Bride EP released on 13 May 2013 on CD and vinyl. It contains four tracks, three of which were recorded at the same time as the band's previous album, A Map of All Our Failures.

<i>Feel the Misery</i> album by My Dying Bride

Feel the Misery is the 12th studio album by British doom metal band My Dying Bride. It was released on 18 September 2015 on Peaceville Records.


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