My Dying Bride - The Barghest O' Whitby
There will be few, if any, releases more depressing this year than The Barghest O' Whitby, an excellent little offering from the gods of gloom My Dying Bride; originally part of the Unholy Trinity of British doom back in the nineties, they have managed to stay largely true to their formative identity without often stagnating or repeating. The 27 minute single track EP is absolute classic My Dying Bride, a massive, bleak dive into the hinterlands of the Yorkshire Moors as they explore the local folklore and horror stories of the eponymous beast.
The Barghest O' Whitby is exactly what you hope for in any new My Dying Bride material, the haunting violins weaving an eerie thread around the singularly sparse yet extremely heavy guitars; all the while, Aaron Stainthorpe delivers a sorrowfully wracked recounting of the ghastly tale. Despite the great length of the piece, it never feels drawn out, the movements flowing elegantly along with a grace and craft born from many years of experience. Not only will The Barghest O' Whitby delight many a long time connoisseur of both band and genre, it will also tempt others to further delve into the dark realms of My Dying Bride.