My Dying Bride Releases 10th Studio Album

By Jeff Owens

March 25, 2009

Glencross onstage with his Jackson RR24M model.

Seminal U.K. doom ensemble My Dying Bride has reached a recording milestone with the March 23, 2009, release of tenth studio album For Lies I Sire.

The long-awaited follow-up to 2006 hit A Line of Deathless Kings, For Lies I Sire presents nine “songs of crushing doom” recorded throughout the latter half of 2008. There are a couple of firsts this time around—For Lies I Sire is the band’s first album since re-signing to longtime home Peaceville Records, and is the first album with new members Dan Mullins (drums), Lena Abe (bass) and Katie Stone (violin, keyboards).

The new album comes on the heels of an especially successful year for the band and its Jackson-playing guitarist, Hamish Glencross. In 2008, My Dying Bride released concert DVD and CD Ode to Woe and played the high-profile “Unholy Trinity” shows in London and Paris in September, reuniting the three bands regarded as responsible for creating the death/doom metal genre; the so-called “Peaceville Three”—My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and Anathema.

My Dying Bride formed in 1990 and has been a leading light of doom metal ever since 1992 debut album As the Flower Withers. Influenced by acts such as Celtic Frost and Candlemass, the band’s heavy atmospherics carved a huge worldwide following, and My Dying Bride remains at the genre’s pinnacle as one of its most instantly distinguishable bands.