"Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" my
review by Sara "Shadow Lady" De Vita____
last the long waited work from the English My Dying Bride!!!
don't disappoint our expectations, and here enters “Songs Of Darkness Words
tracks…intense, passionate, with dirge-like and decadent keyboard
lines that walk together with smooth guitars and riffs that are extreme
in their heaviness.
impeccable the vocal work by Aaron that embodies a painful consciousness
float in “The Scarlet Garden”: a song that ripples as the
waters of a lake hit by a pebble.
and cadenced musicalities, up to exaggeration; tempo and clean’n growl
voice passes that dress up this song, and the following “Chaterine
Blacke” as well, of the black shroud of unbearable survival to the
suffering of the soul.
have no tears, beautiful thing (…) so ends this tale you did not
CD develops into “My Wine In Silente”, sound extremely English,
that reproduces a simple – yet incisive - song: a delicate search for
a love lost in the solitude.
essential sounds that concentrate on repeated refrains of rhythm for the
whole song, leaving to Aaron’s voice the true expressivity.
return to leaden anguish with “My Prize Of Beauty”, the most
beautiful and heterogeneous song in the whole album: voluptuous
arpeggios that underline the grace of an evanescent and unreachable
incisive return the keyboards of Sarah allowing the lift-off of the song
towards the dark skies of the doom music.
good the vocal intermissions, almost weeping, remarking the impotence
no rescue in this album: just surrender to the unavoidable…
proceed towards “The Blue Lotus”, song that mostly recalls,
chief of all for the guitar’n’vocal work, “34,788…% complete”:
distorted guitars that insinuate between cadenced riffs, like snakes in
the sand…a sinuous movement amidst the compact structure of a
sedimented sound…a simple work of genius!
in its intents is “and My Fury Stand Ready”. Ferocious in the
lyrics, avenging, yet never achieving; all this expressed by a
repetitive and timely drum work (as a serial killer) that never allows
imperfections as it walks the path of the assassin.
effects further darken an already dark atmosphere…
And as the song flows, we plunge into the darkness of a gaol between whose bars a dark will lurks, expressed in the last line of the song: “In my face see your killer. You can wish me away. In your face i still see her. No more shall you betray. In her face (she) saw her killer. Thou shalt no pray”.
album ends with “My doomed Lover”…distortions that lead on
an unquiet rhythm.
again My Dying Bride please our ears…
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