Following the release of “Evinta” earlier this year, in which the band marked 20 years of existence with a release of symphonic compositions re-imagining past MY DYING BRIDE themes, the U.K. doom legends now present their latest chapter in the form of new EP, “The Barghest O’ Whitby”, to be released November 7 through Peaceville Records on CD and limited vinyl.
This single track, 25-minute epic represents the epitome of poetic grace and funeral soundscapes from one of gothic doom’s most celebrated acts. With a masterful blend of pounding guitar riffs and sombre atmospheric passages, MY DYING BRIDE embarks on a chilling journey through superstition and folklore.
A mini-site for “The Barghest O’ Whitby”, containing release information, audio samples, plus a special video teaser trailer and more, has been launched at this location.
Said the band on the origin of the idea, “Carrying straight on from the success of ‘Evinta’ found us kind of out of breath for a second; we were already aware of a new-found love of all things bleak and grey and were eager to start writing in a more traditional MY DYING BRIDE style. What did catch us off guard was the increased heaviness and the fresh approach to song writing. Moving away somewhat with the lyrical theme from our usual feeding ground, we found ourselves on the rainy moors of Yorkshire contemplating the story of the Barghest, a supernatural entity hell bent on revenge. The tale now to be told wove itself into a 25-minute epic which initially we thought would be a three part EP, but it simply became one very long song full of everything MY DYING BRIDE and more. The violins conjure lonely tears atop a chasm of epic British doom.”
“The Barghest O’ Whitby” was recorded at Futureworks Studios in Manchester with longtime production partner and engineer, Mags. The release is the first to feature violin/keyboardist Shaun Macgowan, and sees the return of Shaun “Winter” Taylor Steels to the drum stool for this recording. The cover artwork for “The Barghest O’ Whitby” also appears courtesy of vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe.
“We’ve never been heavier or more cataclysmically connected to doom metal as a state of mind; it’s no longer just a musical style to us,” the band states.