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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B000E5KU5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Plenty of dark songs, and lyrics.
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I would reccomend buying this one highly, if you are new to my dying bride, or an old fan.
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Every song on this album is intricate and well honed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By progpatron01 on July 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I cant belive whats before my eyes.....3 star reviews for this magnificent album?! Dont be fooled this album deserves every last of the 5 stars I gave it. This is a brilliant doom masterpiese in my opinion, its sad, dark, and sorrowful. The texture of this album is much reflected by the cover art. In fact the texture of mdb's music is the most appealing thing to me. This album includes 8 brilliant tracks of sorrowful, dark, and somtimes brutal doom/death. There is not a bad track on the album. I highly recommend this to any fan of doom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Buche on June 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
My Dying Bride prefers to call thier music "Doom Metal", and MDB fans hate it when you call this band "Gothic Metal"...but in truth, either tag applies. Whatever you want to call it...it's an amazing album. I love it's slow and melodic atmosphere...ultra darkness. If your looking for deathmetal...there are a few traces of that here. This isn't a speedy or hard hitting power band....this is just sheer dark metal that evokes darke desire and invites deep emotional response. IMO, this is one of the most unique band in metal culture.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Stubbs on May 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The problem with My Dying Bride is that my expectations are always obscenely high for everything they release. I expect it to be the best album of the year! This sort of expectation, more often than not, only leads to disappointment (at least with other bands).

"Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" is My Dying Bride's 8th studio album. When I first came across the band in the early nineties, I'm pretty sure I would have done anything at all to make the band successful enough to last this long. What's even more impressive is the fact that every one of the bands releases (15 in all!) have been released through Peaceville. It's rare that this sort of loyalty (from both parties) is displayed in this day and age.

Let's talk about the album. This is one dark recording! From the very outset, "The Wreckage of my Flesh" displays a real fierce darkness. A sort of brooding menace, that hardly declines for the entire album. The first track is truly awesome, and a great sign of things to come. My Dying Bride really know how to start their albums, always using the first few minutes to create the exact sort of mood and atmosphere that they want to encapsulate the next hour or so. There is never any doubt who you are listening to, which is one of the amazing things about this UK outfit. They sound truly unique, and have done so for over ten years.

Other than the darkness that I mentioned previously, "Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" follows on from "The Dreadful Hours" without changing the formula too much. Don't expect any big surprises, just expect doom/death epic tracks that pull at your heart-strings and crush you simultaneously, without ever moving into cheesy gothic territory. While other bands using keyboards can move into this territory, My Dying Bride is just so heavy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ao Me Akuma on October 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's that time again. Time to take another dive into the very deepest pits of dread and despair. Time to unleash a monolithic slab of Gothic Horror upon the unsuspecting masses. It is...a new My Dying Bride album.

This, quite simply, is Doom Metal at its finest. Slow, ultra-heavy riffs. Tortured vocals speaking of death and despair. An atmosphere of utter gloom and hopelessness. Contrary to the album title, there's very little "light" in these words. Like all My Dying Bride albums, it's slow, somber, occasionally malevolent, and throughout, miserably depressing. Of the original "Big Three" of Doom Metal, including Paradise Lost and Anathema, only My Dying Bride continue to play actual Doom Metal, a fact we can all be thankful for.

"Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" begins with "The Wreckage of my Flesh" which is quintessential Doom Metal. Throughout the album, one finds only more darkness, with subjects ranging from lost love ("My Wine in Silence", "A Doomed Lover"), apocalyptic imagery ("Catherine Blake") to good old fashioned Gothic Horror ("The Blue Lotus"). Quite possibly this is their bleakest album yet; even more so than 2001's "The Dreadful Hours". The tone is consistent throughout; the band's fans wouldn't have it any other way.

Guitarists Andy Craighan and Hamish Glencross lay down boulder-sized riffs, which, thanks to the excellent production, really do sound heavy as a ton of bricks. Keyboardist Sarah Stanton provides subtle atmospheric synthesizer effects, which perfectly accentuate the bleak tone of the album. Vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe ranges from a snarly growl, to an ominous, spoken-word delivery, to a sort of despairing moan, sometimes all within the same song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Brunner on June 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
i have been a fan of the bride for a few years now, and have all their cds. i have to say that this is their best release since "like gods for the sun". it isn't the same style granted, because unlike the doom-metal riffs that made that album such a delight in the car stereo, this is instead dead-on bleak and curse, with the riffs adding to the funereal soundtrack.
i was alittle dissapointed with "light at the end of the world", especially since it was my first introduction to them. it was alittle too forced ( with the exception of "she is the dark", "into the Ghost lake", "the isis script", and "sear me III").
I enjoyed "the dreadful hours", as it was dark; more so than most of their other releases. However it lost steam by the last two songs, which ruined whole listening experience, leaving me to program the darn thing.
i loved "like gods for the sun" and "34% complete", because as a whole the cds were continous in their sound, besides being just crushing riffs and gothic bleak, especially "for you", "here in the throat", "it will come", " der uberlebende", "HEROIN CHIC*(...)**", AND "APOCALYPSE WOMAN".
their earlier releases were hit and miss, the hit in particular being "crown of sympathy"
i digress. this album is near perfect. my only complaint is "prize of beauty" and its release as a video. it isn't that bad but the video make it look worse than it is.
all in all it is worth buying by any fan, and new-comers alike.
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