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As the Flower Withers

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline Distributio
  • ASIN: B00000E63G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ilya Malafeyev on January 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album, when it came out in 1992, was a revelation. Although Paradise Lost's timeless "Gothic" had already shaken grounds by that time, still My Dying Bride managed to deliver something special. There was this never before heard melodism, taken from old requiems and sorrowful ceremonial songs. Tasteful violin added immensely to the atmosphere. Aaron Stainthorpe used only growling vocals on this record, and the whole record is immensely influenced by death-metal.
"Silent Dance" is a good instrumental intro, setting sombre gloomy mood. It's slow, dominated by violins and keyboards, and sounds somewhat spooky and gothic to me, with heavy medieval feel.
"Sear Me" is an eternal MDB's classic. Slow oppressing guitar riffs, excellent drumming, superb violin melody, and Aaron's voice growling the lyrics in Latin. Middle part of this track is pure death-metal, while mostly it's a doom-metal song. Excellent!
"The Forever People", on the contrary, treads the death-metal ground, with it's fast tempo and aggressive singing. But it again changes moods and rhythms until it sets into majestic doom by its end.
"The Bitterness and the Bereavement" is another shockingly beautiful MDB track, very similar in its sound to "Sear Me". Bizarre mixture of deathly heaviness and harsh vocals with doomish slowness, violin melodies and sorrow feelings.
"Vast Choirs" is a simpler doomy track. It has no parts dominated by violins, and instead takes the listener through a series of rhythmic changes, maintaining heaviness. It's a bit monotonous to my taste, though.
"The Return of the Beautiful" is a My Dying Bride symphony.
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This is the first album I heard of MDB, so I have followed their work chronologically. I must say, when I first heard it, I felt I had uncovered something unique, something that touched me like no music had before. The agonizingly gruff vocals, against the melancholic melodies (especially when played by the violin), the heavily distorted guitars, the slow pace of most of it, it all created an ambience that oozed into my mind, sending my senses into a realm yet untapped. Some of my friends did not like MDB, for them it was too much - too depressing, too eerie, too creepy. But for me, MDB was IT. I had found music that surpassed any level of melancholy I could experience. Besides MDB, only Anathema and Katatonia have matched such a brooding, skin-crawling emotion. But, even though I do enjoy and appreciate bands that evolve, all of these bands have changed quite a bit in a somewhat similar direction - more hook-laden music, and a less abrasive sound especially in the vocals. I still like all their work, but I have a special place for the no-holds-barred, unapologetic early stuff. If you like your music gloomy as can be, look no further than this. It will scare the neighbors away...
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This has to be one of MDB's most raw and primitive albums. Released in 1992, As the Flower Withers combines brutal gutter vocals by Aaron and mixes it with carefully orchestrated classical/doom themes.
The touch of violins made this album untouchable and remains, to date, as my favourite MDB album. They gently introduce the listener with a light classical piece in "Silence Dance" and slowly progress through each track with powerful and ripping vocals and music. If you're a fan of lighter albums, such as "The Angel and the Dark River" or "34.788% Complete" then you might not enjoy this album. Personally, I feel that every MDB fan should try this album!
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By Douglas Hernandez on September 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately,this is the only lp I have heard(and own) from this band,aside from a few songs here and there.Even though this particular genre isn't my specialty I gotta say this albums hits all the marks in the right places,focusing on extended sequences of minimalistic guitar riffing and little by little builds it into a beast of a composition.You don't have to play fast music to display your drumming skills,Rick does a great job here with the material he's presented with!(Although there's a few fast moments in here).Tracks like "Sear me" and "The return of the beautiful" simply drag you into a world on controlled angst,and as ugly as it might look the material has this sense of purity that just gives you a smile.Overall,it's a great cd and hopefully I'll get ahold of more of their stuff.
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By A Customer on December 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best recordings of pure doomdeath ever. It is basically slow doom mixed with some elements of death, including vocals, done as My Dying Bride could only do it. My Dying Bride has progressed nicely over the course of each album, however, I feel that this is their best record.
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