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Release date: 30 May 2011
Style: Death doom metal, Neoclassical darkwave

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Disc I
01. In Your Dark Pavilion
02. You Are Not The One Who Loves Me
03. Of Lilies Bent With Tears
04. The Distance, Busy With Shadows
05. Of Sorry Eyes In March

Disc II
01. Vanité Triomphante
02. That Dress And Summer Skin
03. And Then You Go
04. A Hand Of Awful Rewards

Disc III [deluxe edition bonus]
01. The Music Of Flesh
02. Seven Times She Wept
03. The Burning Coast Of Regnum Italicum
04. She Heard My Body Dying
05. And All Their Joy Was Drowned

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Additional info
US release date: 31.05.2011

Deluxe edition consists of 3 discs with 64-page book, inspired by My Dying Bride's illustrious recordings of the past two decades. Limited to 3000 copies.

Produced by Maudling, Stainthrope, Craighan.
Recorded by Maudling at Wayland's Forge Studios, England 2010-2011.
Cover art by Aaron Stainthrope.
Design and booklet layout by Matthew Vickerstaff.

To commemorate two decades of doom and gloom from My Dying Bride, the band embarked upon a special project to re-work familiar melodies and themes from their extensive catalogue into long, flowing symphonic compositions, incorporating new vocals and passages from Aaron Stainthorpe. Sharing vocals is professional opera singer Lucie Roche, a talented soprano from France.

These arrangements have been brought to life in co-operation with keyboard maestro Johnny Maudling (of Bal-Sagoth fame) as well as a clutch of talented classical musicians and will be released on May 30th as 'Evinta', as a 2 disc set & also a deluxe 3-disc edition with 64 page book, inspired by My Dying Bride's illustrious recordings of the past two decades.

A deluxe edition (3 Discs) including 64 page 12" hard-back book and additional disc of Evinta recordings (Evinta 3)
A 2-CD* limited edition, in a digibook format with 24 page booklet for independent retailers
A less expensive 2-CD* edition for general retail (UK and overseas chain stores), in a jewel-case format

*2CD edition features CD 1 & 2 from the Deluxe (3 Disc) edition.

Audio from Disc 3 will see an eventual release in the future.

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
6.0
I don't think I should say anything concerning My Dying Bride, you all know who they are and what they accomplished, but most and above all you still recall the company they kept you throughout the years; that is indispensable. Yet, neither they possess the Papal infallibility nor do I grant indulgence.

Up to Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light, even A Line Of Deathless Kings, I used to worship them, to a welcome extent of course, it always depends on the album and everything it has to say. Then, the big "surprise" came with For Lies I Sire, it wasn't even memorable, an album whose existence I nearly ignore, third class uninspired My Dying Bride just for the sake of it, nothing less, nothing more, a mediocre sculpture of what they once were. Two years later, the band itself prepared the world for something different through statements, something that was waiting for a long time to be accomplished and fulfilled, now it is awakened. Of course I'm referring to Evinta, a wannabe magnum opus of familiar and renowned My Dying Bride melodies transformed into pieces of classical/symphonic music.

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fosi - 12.11.2010 at 00:26  
  Why 2011???
I thought that the date of release was October 25th...
I guess we 'll have to wait...:(
fosi - 12.11.2010 at 17:03  
 
Written by Guest on 12.11.2010 at 02:22

Written by fosi on 12.11.2010 at 00:26

Why 2011???
I thought that the date of release was October 25th...
I guess we 'll have to wait...:(

Peaceville:
"The release of My Dying Bride's forthcoming 'Evinta', the special orchestral & symphonic set marking 20 years of the band's existence, has been delayed until early 2011. Keep checking peaceville.com for further updates & details."


Thnx a lot man!!!
So,we 'll have to wait...
Ab.Victor - 17.04.2011 at 15:06  
Rating: 9 Damn God
Cant Wait
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
Keep It Doom
Kenos - 02.05.2011 at 20:36  
  What to do if you're running out of ideas? Why not rearrange your old classic songs filling them with some tasty orchestral/symphonic cream? ... That wouldn't be a bad idea, especially if your band plays goth/doom.

I'm not judging anything, but I have to admit it: considering that (IMHO) their last album was nearly a fiasco... I have a bad feeling about this.
Hopefully I'll be proven wrong.
garmling - 03.05.2011 at 10:52  
  Well, this sounds promising indeed...at first I was like wtf, but the more I listen it the more I like it!

http://soundcloud.com/peaceville/my-dying-bride-evinta-album
The Technogoat - 30.05.2011 at 12:40  
Rating: 9 Giving this a listen on Spotify right now (http://open.spotify.com/album/0lzn8TkzGY6hAxnNRLEUSn) and it is absolutely amazing. So beautifully and carefully composed.
great red dragon - 31.05.2011 at 04:06  
Rating: 10 IT'S GREAT !!! I can't stop listening...
Umideath - 31.05.2011 at 10:16  
Rating: 8 Piano & Violin...!?
Kenos - 31.05.2011 at 15:33  
  After the lazy "For Lies I Sire" I couldn't expect anything good from this band. I wish they had proved me wrong.

This is a magnificent paradise of redundant, kitschy, whiny orchestral slop that seems to never end. I mean, average lenght is 9-10 minutes per track and I already want to slash my wrists after two minutes.

But apart from that; each track leads absolutely nowhere. It has no shape. It's just some edgeless piano/(neo)classical/(neo)saccharine/ambient meandering, accompanied by an irritating soprano and Aaron's spoken words -well, sometimes he even whin.. err sings, like on the horrible "Of Lilies Bent With Tears" (a good way to ruin an old classic, "Your River"), but it ends up in an epic fail.
And the fact that the songs are driven by some of the band's classic motifs ("From Darkest Skies", "Turn Loose The Swans", "Your River" etc.) doesn't help so much, imo.

The ideas are still there, the great songs too ("The Distance, Busy With Shadows" is wonderful!), and it's a good thing that MDB decided to put their music and spirit on another level, but this is really, really excessive (one hour and a half of this nightmare is too much for me O__O ).

If I had to choose one word to describe this album (or compilation, whatever) in its entirety, it'd be "overambitious".

Actually there's also a third disc included in the deluxe edition. I'll leave it to diehard fans with great pleasure.

Maybe the Bride is dead; hopefully she's not gonna expose her rigor mortis too.
ravendeath - 01.06.2011 at 15:34  
Rating: 7 This release certainly is not meant for metal audience, but rather for ambient fans.
Ozman - 01.06.2011 at 15:36  
  Damn and I already hated Line Of Deathless Kings and For Lies I Sire, but somehow managed to surpass those two in total crappiness and boredom. What a shame, especially considering how utterly brilliant this band once was.
Kenos - 01.06.2011 at 16:01  
 
Written by ravendeath on 01.06.2011 at 15:34

This release certainly is not meant for metal audience, but rather for ambient fans.


Uhm, strange that I love many dark ambient/ethereal/gothic acts like Dead Can Dance, Desiderii Marginis, Lustmord, Elend, Dark Sanctuary and others a little more unknown, and I still find this album a total boredom...
Kenos - 01.06.2011 at 18:27  
 
Written by Ozman on 01.06.2011 at 15:36

Damn and I already hated Line Of Deathless Kings and For Lies I Sire, but somehow managed to surpass those two in total crappiness and boredom. What a shame, especially considering how utterly brilliant this band once was.


Yeah boredom is prevailing, but I'm not that worried anyway: every artist has his own golden years, then inspiration slowly fades and "dies". It's almost physiological I think, and beyond reproach. Let's just keep listening to "Turn Loose The Swans", "The Angel And The Dark River" or even the more recent "Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light"... They will help to forget all the disappointment.
ravendeath - 01.06.2011 at 20:25  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 01.06.2011 at 16:01

Written by ravendeath on 01.06.2011 at 15:34

This release certainly is not meant for metal audience, but rather for ambient fans.


Uhm, strange that I love many dark ambient/ethereal/gothic acts like Dead Can Dance, Desiderii Marginis, Lustmord, Elend, Dark Sanctuary and others a little more unknown, and I still find this album a total boredom...

Those bands that you're mentioning are also my favorites, but somehow this release is strange,... I listened to it a couple of times and there was a moment that I actually enjoyed it and found it quite special. Certainly it's no match and it can't be compared to their earlier releases like "The Angel And...". Sure, this is a difficult journey to go through such a record...
Vanquished - 02.06.2011 at 20:01  
Rating: 4 Lousy female vocals...
DARKDOOM - 11.06.2011 at 18:32  
Rating: 10 Oh go on
DARKDOOM - 11.06.2011 at 18:34  
Rating: 10
Written by DARKDOOM on 11.06.2011 at 18:32

Oh go on boys
Bizzaremifo - 12.06.2011 at 18:06  
Rating: 2 Sorry i didn´t catch this one ... there is no metal element... it is nothing for me..
AhmadKayyali - 23.06.2011 at 00:50  
Rating: 2 That was really a letdown ! this album had no guitars in it ! wtf ! is that even metal
HolyandFallen - 27.06.2011 at 20:53  
Rating: 9
Written by AhmadKayyali on 23.06.2011 at 00:50

That was really a letdown ! this album had no guitars in it ! wtf ! is that even metal


If you've been following the band, they said from the start that this will be a COMPILATION album and a NON-METAL album
daemonic1980 - 28.06.2011 at 09:55  
Rating: 10 Great album.
Just listen it... great idea of doing this...
Kenos - 05.07.2011 at 02:27  
  I gave it few more spins during the last days: no dice, the more I listen to it, the worse. The main problems are in the second disc: "Vanité Triomphante" is terribly overlong, they could have cut it to 6 minutes because it actually starts well, but it looks like they wanted to stretch it with pointless and kitschy arrangements; the result is a totally self-indulgent gothic crap that goes nowhere - "triumphant vanity" indeed. This track is one of the most boring MDB have ever written, imo.
"That Dress And Summer Skin", seriously, wtf is that? Starts off with a menacing "She Is The Dark"'s tune, then for no reason switches to "My Whiny In Silence". There's no coherence, there's no point at all. Sure, everything is elegantly and carefully composed like it's supposed to be, but where's the substance? Again, they could've cut this song because the good ideas are there, but it seems that they wanted to try harder and make it an unnecessarily overlong and shapeless orchestral slop.
"And Then You Go" is mediocre but at least is slightly better than the previous tracks. The last track is just... Nice, except for the fact that I'm tempted to press stop after 5 minutes...

As for the first disc, the problems are more or less the same, especially in "Of Lilies Bent With Tears", where the opera singer sounds completely out of place during the last minutes. AAAAAAAARGH STFU YOU GOTH CHICK.

What else can I say... They could've avoided all the female vocals but they used them (probably in order to give a more gothic/whiny touch); they could've halved almost all the songs (especially in the second disc), or even the tracklist itself, but the average lenght is 10 minutes; they could've focused more on (dark) ambient style like in "Of Sorry Eyes In March" or "The Distance.." (which are the only ones I really enjoy), but the overall music is made of incoherent orchestral sections sticked aimlessly together...

And let's draw a veil over the lyrics: lost love, death, dark, God, doom, blood, tears and the usual aesthetical goth imagery expressed in pseudo-cryptic pompous poems...



Why, MDB, WHY???
AXA - 20.07.2011 at 04:16  
Rating: 10
Written by AXA on 20.07.2011 at 04:10

AWESOME ALBUM ... JUST FOR METAL HEADS
ONLY VERY DEEP LYRIC LIKE ALWAYS
AWESOME NEW STYLE ...

JUST AMAZING WORK FOR 2011
SPECIAL DOOM OPERA DEATH METAL ....
NICE .....VERY NICE MUSIC AND COVER ....
I FEEL THE ALBUM \../
TAKE ME TO ANTHER WORLD \../ THANKS MY DYING BRIDE ... WE NEED LIKE THIS WORK YOU ALWAYS MAKE VERY SMART MUSIC AND DEEP

AXA - 22.07.2011 at 00:50  
Rating: 10 ..... HAHAAH ^_^
AXA - 22.07.2011 at 00:53  
Rating: 10 To Array ...
i tell you ... you need to understand this style
this style only pure metal ....
this style need metal heads ....
not kids
AXA - 22.07.2011 at 00:55  
Rating: 10 You need a lot of year to under stand like this style ....
pure doom metal ....
AXA - 22.07.2011 at 01:08  
Rating: 10 Mm --- mm
maybe .... you try to understand it but cant
because this project :bigest much more than your small mind ...
you talk this not metal ,,,
i need you to teach Aaron Stainthorpe how is doom metal ....hahah
just kids
Kenos - 27.08.2011 at 21:35  
  ... Dropping down the vote from 5 to 4 after listening to the third disc. Uh, yuck, that's something DISGUSTING.
godisdead - 22.09.2011 at 03:36  
Rating: 9 I enjoyed a change of styles but I hope they go back to what their best at.
godisdead - 22.09.2011 at 03:36  
Rating: 9 I enjoyed a change of styles but I hope they go back to what their best at.
NocturnalStalker - 15.01.2012 at 13:37  
Rating: 7 I am not an expert in neoclassical/darkwave/dark ambient music area, but I enjoy it, so naturally this album caught my attention immediately.
And, I must say, it was a pleasant experience to hear all those familiar melodies in their new arrangements. Surely, this album has its flaws, just like any other album, but I don't feel like writing about them here. What matters is the music, which is well-written and well-performed and that strong spirit, which was always present in My Dying Bride's works. I mean the spirit to pursue something new in their music without care for criticism. That's what I love this band for.
R'Vannith - 03.02.2012 at 13:06  
Rating: 5 I don't mind a bit of darkwave from time to time but listening to this one I nearly slipped into a coma.
Dark†SymphonY - 07.02.2012 at 23:01  
  I love neoclassical darkwave music but the song lengths are way too long and almost un-listenable. I got through most of the album, but I just found it sooooooo boring . I do hope MDB wont do anything like this again.

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