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My Dying Bride - A Map Of All Our Failures

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Kneel Till Doomsday Sound
The Poorest Waltz
A Tapestry Scorned
Like A Perpetual Funeral
A Map Of All Our Failures
Hail Odysseus
Within The Presence Of Absence
Abandoned As Christ

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2012
Label: Peaceville Records
Categories: Death, Doom, Gothic

MetalBite Review by Adam M on 11/8/2012
This album by My Dying Bride marks a sort of return to the classic sound of the band from their early period. There is not a great deal of experimentation to be found here, but simply a number of downtrodden yet at the same time romantically appealing songs. The first couple of songs are among the better ones to be found here and the second one 'The Poorest Waltz' in particular resonates with echoing vocals and a cascade of massive riffs throughout. Other tracks such as 'Like A Perpetual Funeral' are noteworthy as well.

The song structures are very traditional with an emphasis on huge brooding riffs and the occasional violin thrown in for good measure. There are times when experimentation is appropriate for a band, but when such an established sound is done so well, might as well stick to the basics. This makes for an impressive year for the English pioneering Doom Metal acts. Each of Paradise Lost, Anathema, My Dying Bride and Katatonia released a strong album that lived up to their early established reputations over the course of the season. Whatís more impressive about this is that these are some bands that have seen lots of fluctuations in quality over the years. However, itís been an impressive display this year with them all finding an appropriate sound for the times. In the case of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost in particular it is very close to the original sound that made them so popular and successful in the first place.

"A Map Of All Our Failures" feature excellent song-writing, moods and the amount of sorrow that anyone would ever expect from My Dying Bride at their peak. The riffs are strong and the melodies memorable, although at the same time there isnít any revolutionary on display either. My Dying Bride fans will be fully satisfied by this excellent offering, especially.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9.5
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 9
Originality: 8
Overall: 8.7

Rating: 8.9 out of 10