Album 0445: My Dying Bride – The Dreadful Hours


Release Date: 2001
Genre: Doom/Death Metal


1. The Dreadful Hours (09:24)
2. The Raven And The Rose (08:13)
3. Le Figlie Della Tempesta (10:08)
4. Black Heart Romance (05:24)
5. A Cruel Taste Of Winter (07:36)
6. My Hope, The Destroyer (06:45)
7. The Deepest Of All Hearts (08:56)
8. Return To The Beautiful (14:24)

Total Length: 01:10:49

The Dreadful Hours begins with the sound of a thunderstorm and some fairly depressive guitar musings. It’s really hypnotic, honestly. We eventually switch over to a faster, heavier section more focused on the death metal aspects. It’s a bit of an awkward transition, but that’s forgotten once the great riffs start. The Raven And The Rose is just as diverse a track, and great as well. It’s a pretty cool mixture most of the time.

Le Figlie Della Tempesta has a slower intro, heavier for the most part, and a slower outro. It’s quite nice, and my favorite bit is some of the riffs in the middle. Black Heart Romance is overall more thoughtful and slower, but that doesn’t really translate well for me. It just leaves me slightly depressed and glad the song is over. A Cruel Taste Of Winter has some cool moments as well, but doesn’t hold up to the earlier tracks in my opinion.

My Hope, The Destroyer is much better, and builds really well. Great track. The Deepest Of All Hearts is solid as well. Not standout, but good. Return To The Beautiful is a huge song, and a re-recorded track from their first album. It’s got a lot of variety contained just in its own length. I can’t really connect to these songs too well, partly because they don’t really get stuck in my head. That’s not something that’s necessary, but it helps. It makes me at least want to come back and listen more and find those intricacies. I’ve found more here over time, but it’s slow going. Hopefully I’ll find more in the future.

Final Rating: 7.5/10


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