For over three decades into My Dying Bride‘s long-running career, they’re without shadow of a doubt, my favorite doom metal band of all time. Their music, lyricism, imagery and songwriting have always been poetic, depressive, artistic, extremely intelligent and have never disappointed me terms of their musical progression and was curious to see how the next album was going to take them musically. Now, The Ghost Of Orion is the first album in roughly five years and not to be on Peaceville Records but instead, it’s on Nuclear Blast. Throughout their career, they’ve started as a death/doom band borrowing influences from the earliest stages of Paradise Lost, November’s Doom, Celestial Season, Swallow The Sun, and even Type O Negative can get you an idea what they’re all about.
My Dying Bride have been in surprisingly rich form because the band were patchy at best even at their creative peak and rich because every release has added something new to an already colossal artistic record stretching back more than 30 years in their existence. My Dying Bride have needed to make the most of their formula, since full-lengths such as Like Gods of the Sun, For Lies I Sire, and this album’s predecessor, Feel The Misery was an attempt to regain the leaden heaviness of the band’s earlier days, though with more of a tendency towards funeral doom than death metal, while the sparser melodic features of those three albums seem particularly apparent in light from the depths in the sound department.
The Ghost Of Orion benefits from the most lush production in MDB’s career and makes use of that quality to highlight intricate melodic riffing, gracefully twisting leads, and a healthy keyboard presence that could draw comparisons to The Dreadful Hours or, outside Draconian which is far more adventurous than what I fully expected to come out of a My Dying Bride release. I realized how emotional these tracks were because each song represented different keys, paradoxes and throughout the main course of the record showcased their true return to form of the mid 2000’s era for My Dying Bride and it’s simply put, sorrowful, powerful, emotional, and immediately brought to my full attention that I kept wondering how they would continue to impress album after another for being together 30 years into the career and they’ve maintained that formula once again to being fourth the most articulated, intelligent, and accomplished album’s they’ve ever done since 2006’s A Line Of Deathless Kings which was my introduction and personal favorite MDB album.
Songs such as Tired Of Tears, The Old Earth, To Outlive The Gods and Your Woven Shore showcased the most heartbroken, aggressive, thought-provoking and haunting pieces of music they’ve created to date but as the album dives deeper into the secondary half, it pulls the listener to the artist’s interpretation of the album discussing from poetry, literature, art, depression and and romance have never been so motivated and inspiring just analyzing the lyrics left to right. The Ghost Of Orion is another fantastic effort into My Dying Bride’s long-running discography that’ll keep bringing listeners the misery and doomy attitudes we’ve all known to come and love from these English musicians.
Overall Score: 10/10
Review by Jake Butler