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Review: My Dying Bride - A Line Of Deathless Kings
My Dying Bride
A Line Of Deathless Kings

Label: Peaceville Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 61:00
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 29, 2006
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
A Line Of Deathless Kings

Rated 3.53/5 (70.53%) (19 Votes)

This band requires no introduction, so I will spare the formalities. It does need to be said however that some small changes on every consecutive MDB album should be expected ever since the controversial "34.888% Complete" was released 8 years ago. "A Line of Deathless Kings" features yet another such change in the MDB approach. We get cleanly sung, melodic vocals throughout with merely faint hints of the death vocals which are so few and far apart that they are virtually non-existent. So Lo and Behold! Here is the big "problem" with this album. You wanted Doom/Death but you get True/Classic Doom. Get over it.

Now I know what you might have heard. The lyrics! Ah those wussy, sad lovy dovy, "oh-I-my-life-is-so-wretched" lyrics on this record! That surely must be another problem. NEWS FLASH: My Dying Bride ALWAYS had sinister yet romantic lyrics! Always! Read the frigging name of the band a few times if you would like further clarification. It seems that only because this new album features clean vocals all the way through, everybody all of a sudden realized this band actually has lyrics in their songs and paid attention to them this time. These have been a long time staple of My Dying Bride and are nothing new.

Admittedly however, I think the album would have benefited from more intensity in the vocals. There are parts where they are absolutely pedestrian and do not compliment what Aaron has done in the past. But at other times I would have it no other way. Tracks like "Thy Raven Wings" and "To Remain Tombless" are so damn good I wouldn't change a bloody thing about'em. The music is still what we love, the riffs are all there, the miserable emotions, and the atmosphere still screams My Dying Bride. The melodic and clean vocals may be a little difficult to digest initially for some. But when you get past that, this album is just about as good as any other later MDB output.

If you forgot about this band years ago, it is definitely not going to get you back on board. But if you enjoyed later My Dying Bride material and still found glimpses of genius in their "Songs of Darknessā€¦" album, then I gladly recommend "A Line of Deathless Kings" as well.

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