UK doom-death masters return celebrating their 30th Anniversary on a new label
The opening track and first single “Your Broken Shore” is an incredibly strong opener and with everything that has happened both publicly and privately within the band since 2015 it encompasses everything that you would want from a My Dying Bride track If I’m honest I felt some of the low spirited and downhearted elements have been lacking from some previous releases so, not only am I happy these are they back it blends perfectly into “To Outlive the Gods” & “Tired of Tears” which are in very much similar vein to the opening track then, the pace changes for the halfway point of the album with “The Solace” which is mostly instrumental but does feature vocals from – Lindy-Fay Hella
The guttural range of Stainthorpe’s vocals are revisited on “The Long Black Island” which is one of the longer tracks on the album which is then followed up by title track & mostly instrumental “The Ghost of Orion” followed up by “The Old Earth” which is a strong track but then finally the shortest track “Your Woven Shore” is again instrumental and almost feels almost like an outro which felt like it ended too soon.
Whilst the label change seems to have brought a welcome return to form I couldn’t help but feel a little disheartened overall. I adored the longer tracks but the amount of short instrumental tracks took away some of the misery for me.
3.5 out of 5 utterly cold, bleak skulls
The Ghost Of Orion is out March 6th via Nuclear Blast
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My Dying Bride are: Andrew Craighan (guitars), Aaron Stainthorpe (vocals), Lena Abé (bass), Shaun Macgowan (keyboards, violin), Jeff Singer (drums), and Neil Blanchett (guitars; live).