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Album Review

After a series of EPs, two full-lengths, and a European tour, My Dying Bride had established themselves prior to this release, but Turn Loose the Swans, probably more than any other effort, confirmed the band's leadership position within the British death metal/doom metal movement. The gothic strains and pure depression of the band are in peak form on this recording. From the gentler strains of "Your River" to the deathly title track, My Dying Bride takes sorrow to new extremes on this Futurist release. Averaging a cool eight minutes apiece, each of this record's seven songs is dripping with treachery and pain, as the band's lyrical fascination with deceit and transgressions of every variety are apparent in every line. Some gentle string arrangements wind around the super-slow doom metal and sometimes-spoken, sometimes-screamed vocals, giving the record a dynamic twist that helped define the British death/doom sound. A strong early effort from My Dying Bride, Turn Loose the Swans should please fans of this band and their obscure genre.

Customer Reviews


iTunes finally has this doom classic! This is by far the best MDB album ever! Death Doom at it's finest, if you're new to MDB this is the album you should start out with. This was the first MDB album I ever bought and I loved every second of it. It's definitely worth every penny you spend on it.


This album is fantastic, i could listen to it fot hours, you cant beat the classics! more people need to listen to this and reveiw!

Classic Death Doom

If your a fan of Doom metal this album is for you. My Dying Bride’s 2nd album is a classic. The atmosphere on this album is dark and depressing, like it should be. If you are a fan of Doom metal, death metal or violins, buy now.


Formed: June, 1990 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

European goth metal band My Dying Bride formed in June 1990. The four-piece first recorded the demo tape Towards the Sinister, and after the release of a 7" single for the French Listenable label, the group signed to Peaceville Records in 1991. My Dying Bride's first release was a 1991 EP, Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium. Debut album As the Flower Withers appeared the following year, and after touring Great Britain and Europe, the band released another EP, The Thrash of Naked Limbs. Third...
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