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Release date: 2001
Style: Gothic doom metal, Death doom metal


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01. The Dreadful Hours
02. The Raven And The Rose
03. Le Figlie Della Tempesta
04. Black Heart Romance
05. A Cruel Taste Of Winter
06. My Hope, The Destroyer
07. The Deepest Of All Hearts
08. The Return To The Beautiful

Top 20 albums of 2001: 8
Top 200 albums of all time: 159

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Released on: Peaceville

Recorded at Academy Studios, 2001.
Engineered by Mags.
Produced by Mags and Andrew Chaighan.
Keyboards by Johnny Maudlin of Bal-Sagoth, except "A Cruel Taste of Winter" by Yasmin Bride.
Artwork by Aaron Stainthorpe.
In memory of Darren Dickinson.

Released by (#invalid label link ID#) in May 2009 on DLP, handnumbered and limited to 500 copies.

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Well, they're definitely back. Forget the times of "34,788:Complete" and it's electronic influences, their trademark mood- obscure, heavy, but melodic- is back.

A step forward from "The light at the end of the world" but maybe also a step backwards (in positive), regaining their old sound which is closer to their previous masterpiece: "The Angel and the Dark River". I said previous masterpiece, yes because this album, six years later, is their NEW masterpiece.

published 22.09.2003 | Comments (19)

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~Starchild~ Pain, Grief & Sorrow: Highlights of Doom Metal  | #27
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Elyar S. - 29.07.2010 at 19:26  
Rating: 10 I love this album, I like their albums which theyve released after this but none of them are comparable with this one.
musicalkaratekid - 08.10.2011 at 02:35  
Rating: 9 Not quite their best, but the reworking of 'The return of the beautiful' is immense.
Night Sight - 01.03.2012 at 17:52  
  Their best ,this is metal album for me" my hope the destroyer" and "cruel taste of winter" are best ones
Masonics - 26.08.2012 at 06:54  
Rating: 9 As I wait for the latest MDB album Im revisiting their latest works and this one is my 3rd fav. This is the true sequel to "the angel and dark river" with all songs creating a chilling atmosphere. The remake of the "return of to the beautiful" for me is the only time a band outdoes their own song twice.
Mr. Doctor - 26.08.2012 at 17:53  
Written by Masonics on 26.08.2012 at 06:54
The remake of the "return of to the beautiful" for me is the only time a band outdoes their own song twice.

Guess I would disagree... I like this album a lot but my favorite album is easily their debut so for me they haven't touched that grace since then. The production is far more suffocating and brutal on the debut. This version is immense though... just *a bit* less immense for me.
ThunderAxe1989 - 06.10.2012 at 21:18  
Rating: 9 Definately one of their all time best releases. They've always had a great sound though.

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