My Dying Bride – Evinta (2011)

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of My Dying Bride’s existence, “the band embarked upon a special project to re-work familiar melodies and themes from their extensive catalogue into long, flowing symphonic compositions, incorporating new vocals and passages from Aaron Stainthorpe. Sharing vocals is professional opera singer Lucie Roche, a talented soprano from France. These arrangements have been brought to life in co-operation with keyboard maestro Johnny Maudling (of Bal Sagoth fame) as well as a clutch of talented classical musicians and will be released on May 30th as ‘Evinta’, as a 2 disc set & also a deluxe 3-disc edition with 64 page book, inspired by My Dying Bride’s illustrious recordings of the past two decades.”

Track list:

Disc I
01. In Your Dark Pavilion
02. You Are Not The One Who Loves Me
03. Of Lilies Bent With Tears
04. The Distance, Busy With Shadows
05. Of Sorry Eyes In March

Disc II
01. Vanité Triomphante
02. That Dress And Summer Skin
03. And Then You Go
04. A Hand Of Awful Rewards

Disc III [deluxe edition bonus]
01. The Music Of Flesh
02. Seven Times She Wept
03. The Burning Coast Of Regnum Italicum
04. She Heard My Body Dying
05. And All Their Joy Was Drowned

The Deluxe edition, limited to 3000 copies, consists of 3 discs with 64-page book, inspired by My Dying Bride’s illustrious recordings of the past two decades.

My Dying Bride – Evinta (album teaser) by Peaceville

Not too many bands I know remaining on the same genre of music for decades and staying singed to the same label. This may sounds conservative, but My Dying Bride have their own, gloomy and beautiful shine. I like them since their debut “As the Flower Withers” in 1992 and they didn’t disappointed me along the way. “Evinta” is something totally different, the opera infusion brings another dimension to their dark doom and melancholic universe and well, I have to admit, I’m quite reluctant to the opera genre generally speaking. But quite surprisingly, “Evinta” seems to be strange and beautiful. Still, Lucie Roche might be a talented soprano, I won’t take her out for a dinner ever. By the way, Johnny Maudling delivered beautiful electronic textures.
This is an intriguingly exciting experience, “Evinta” have a deeply dark, but hypnotizing shining and beyond that, it’s a quite successful merge of metal into classic arrangements, much-much batter than most of the previous attempts I heard, including here “S&M”, the highly over-rated attempt by Metallica to re-arrange and re-interpreted their own songs with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Kamen.
Bloody awesome.

My Dying Bride – Official Site
Peaceville Records – “Evinta”

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