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Release date: 22 May 1992
Style: Death doom metal


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01. Silent Dance
02. Sear Me
03. The Forever People
04. The Bitterness And The Bereavement
05. Vast Choirs
06. The Return Of The Beautiful
07. Erotic Literature

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Violins played and composed by Martin Powell. Horn by Wolfgang Bremmer.

Recorded in December 1991/January 1992 at Academy Studios. Produced by Hammy and My Dying Bride. Engineered by Keith Appleton. Cover photography, illustration and design by Dave McKean. Mastered at Transfermation, London, by Noel Summerville.

The original LP release included a poster.

Original CD and cassette bonus track:
7. Erotic Literature [5:12]
This track also appears of Peaceville Vol. 4 compilation.

The Japanese version had an additional bonus track:
8. The Forever People (live) [4:52]

Reissued on CD in 2001.

Reissued as a digipack CD in 2004 with a further bonus track:
8. Unreleased Bitterness [7:44]
This is an early version of "The Bitterness and the Breavement". It was also released a single in 1993.

The 2004 reissue was licensed to Black Metal Attack Records for the Brazilian version.

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My Dying Bride is one of the most influential bands in the doom/death metal scene (and not only); may I say doom/death itself? Formed back in 1990 by Calvin, Aaron, Andy and Rick and having already released two demos ("Towards the sinister" and "God is alone") and an interesting EP ("Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium") they release during 1992 their long-awaited debut album "As the flower withers". Pure doom/death metal with death metal outbursts and Aaron being an utterly descriptive interpreter, inspiration, intense poetic lyrics with a sense of mourning romanticism and a dark wailing atmosphere consist of this wonderful debut album leaving behind a bitter taste of a dying bride, My Dying Bride…

published 17.10.2004 | Comments (8)

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CrippledReverend - 29.01.2011 at 00:03  
Rating: 8 Musicianship: 7
Vocal: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Melody: 6
Originality: 8
Production: 10
CD Covers: 9

Best Songs:
05. Vast Choirs
09. Deconstruction Macabre
BeastOfMetal456 - 01.10.2011 at 17:10  
  Great album. Very heavy, emotional and atmospheric.
Bad English - 27.04.2016 at 18:33  
Rating: 8 Old MDB, somehow we don't hear such music anymore, and band was more DM as doom, even still its dead/doom. Aron can sing calm and clean vox, what we don't hear here, he has an interesting voice
Decent album
HellriderRising - 06.09.2016 at 02:19  
  Another dark and bleak album of the doom/death scene raised in the 90s. Fans of that kind of music should give it a try.

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