British doom troupe My Dying Bride have announced details of their upcoming EP, The Barghest O’ Whitby, to be released 7th November on Peaceville Records on CD & limited vinyl. This single track, 25 minute epic represents the epitome of poetic grace & funeral soundscapes from one of gothic doom’s most celebrated acts. With a masterful blend of pounding guitar riffs, & sombre atmospheric passages, My Dying Bride takes you on a chilling journey through superstition and folklore.
The Barghest O’ Whitby was recorded at Futureworks Studios, Manchester with long-time production partner & engineer, Mags. The release is the first to feature violin/keyboardist Shaun Macgowan, & 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.
As the band explains 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 3 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."