Genre: Atmospheric Doom/Death Metal
Label: Peaceville Records
The main question for this review is “Have you felt the misery?”. Well, it’s complicated. I wish I had a clearer answer to give, but unfortunately I don’t. With the return of the original guitarist Calvin RobertshawI hoped that I would be able to answer with a straightforward yes, but it seems that the “irreconcilable differences” that moved Hamish Glencross away, left a scar on the heaviness of the band. Admittedly, “Feel the Misery” appears to have a lack of death metal characteristics and is more focused on melody and atmospheric maneuvers in the dark. Of course, there are exceptions like “To Shiver In Empty Halls” and “A Cold New Curse” which are perfectly balanced and excellent in all possible ways. The truth is that I was expecting more. When your songs have titles like “And My Father Left Forever”,or “Feel the Misery”, one expects to hear the depth of the Abyss call him in, or to forget to breathe for a couple of minutes, or to have his/her pulse rate lowered to 30 bpm while listening to them or something similar. It just didn’t happen to me. I liked them though, but not to the degree I had hoped for.
There is absolutely no point in comparing this album to some of their (many) previous masterpieces. We all know who My Dying Bride are, and what they have offered to each and every one of us personally as well as to the entire metal scene. If you are new to My Dying Bride, put your hand in your pocket, grab your money and buy this album. A brave new adventure will begin for you. This I Promise You. If you are a returning “customer” then rest assured that the quality remains untouched, only the guitars have suffered a small loss and the emotions are not that suffocating as they used to be. For some this might actually be a good thing as the music now is more approachable and could appeal to a bigger audience.
So, let’s get back to the initial question. Did you fill yourself up with misery? I would say, I’m 70%… Complete!