My Dying Bride's History (Biography)

My Dying Bride are an English doom metal band formed in 1990. To date, My Dying Bride have released ten full-length studio albums, three EPs, one demo, one box set, four compilation albums, one live album, and one live CD/DVD release. The band released their tenth studio album, For Lies I Sire, on March 23, 2009. Along with bands such as Anathema, Paradise Lost, and Katatonia, they are one of the forerunners of the death/doom metal genre. While bands like Paradise Lost and Katatonia have expanded their musical styles beyond doom metal, though Paradise Lost later returned to the genre, My Dying Bride has continued to play doom metal since its foundation.

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Genre(s): Gothic/Doom Metal

Country: United Kingdom

Show Date: August 1, 2009

Festivals: Global East Rock Festival 2009

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My Dying Bride were formed in Halifax in the north of England in June 1990 after rhythm guitarist Andrew Craighan and drummer Rick Miah joined the band after their previous band Abiosis split, joining vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe and guitarist Calvin Robertshaw. After six months of rehearsing, the band recorded and released their demo, Towards the Sinister. 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.

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.

My Dying Bride's Current Members

  • Aaron Stainthorpe
  • Hamish Glencross
  • Andrew Craighan
  • Dan Mullins
  • Lena Abe'
  • Shaun Macgowan

Former members:

  • Martin Powell
  • Yasmin Ahmed
  • Calvin Robertshaw
  • Bill Law
  • Rick Miah
  • Shaun Steels
  • Adrian Jackson
  • Sarah Stanton
  • Katie Stone

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 travelled on a three month tour with metal band Iron Maiden.

My Dying Bride's Discography

  • 1992 - As the Flower Withers
  • 1993 - Turn Loose the Swans
  • 1995 - The Angel and the Dark River
  • 1996 - Like Gods of the Sun
  • 1998 - 34.788%...Complete
  • 1999 - The Light at the End of the World
  • 2001 - The Dreadful Hours
  • 2004 - Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
  • 2006 - A Line of Deathless Kings
  • 2009 - For Lies I Sire

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.

The somewhat experimental 34.788%...Complete was next, which, along with the following The Light at the End of the World, polarized fans over the band's new direction. 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.

My Dying Bride's Setlist at Global East Rock Festival 2009 (August 1, 2009)

  1. Fall With Me
  2. Bring Me Victory
  3. From Darkest Skies
  4. The Thrash Of Naked Limbs
  5. And I Walk With Them
  6. Turn Loose The Swans
  7. Catherine Blake
  8. She Is The Dark
  9. Santuario Di Sangue
  10. The Dreadful Hours
  11. The Cry Of Mankind
  12. My Body, A Funeral

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.

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.

The band spent the winter of 2005/2006 writing material for new studio album A Line of Deathless Kings. The album was released on October 9, 2006. It was preceded by the EP Deeper Down on September 18. 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.

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.

In November 2008, pre-production for My Dying Bride's tenth studio album was announced, entitled For Lies I Sire, to be released March 23, 2009. The band had entered the Futureworks studio in Manchester, and Andrew Craighan has stated the feel of the album was, "heading for empty and bleak with flashes of rage."

Due to Sarah Stanton's pregnancy she had been replaced on keyboards by Katie Stone, who was announced on June 27, 2008 as an official member of the band. She performed violin on For Lies I Sire as well.

For Lies I Sire was released on March 23, 2009. The band announced through their official website a series of live shows taking place May through August 2009 to promote the album. However, on June 9, 2009, an announcement was made that Katie Stone is no longer part of the band. She was replaced by Shaun MacGowan.

October 26, 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.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of My Dying Bride's existence, the compilation album Evinta was due to be released on October 25, 2010. However, Peaceville records issued a statement saying that it has been delayed and will be released around the new year. The release will be available in a standard two-disc set, along with a three-disc set with one bonus disc. Evinta will feature re-worked previous My Dying Bride material.

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My Dying Bride - For You
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Other bands that participated at the Global East Rock Festival 2009: Arcana Imperia, Crematory, D.V.S., Diary of Dreams, Ensiferum, Epica, Graveworm, Kingdom Come, Kreator, Maknamara, Motorhead, My Favorite Scar, Sonic Syndicate, Tarja Turunen, W.H.I.T.E.

Created At: September 15, 2010 2:46 PM Updated At: May 10, 2011 12:38 AM