For Lies I Sire

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For Lies I Sire
Studio album by My Dying Bride
Released 23 March 2009
Recorded Autumn 2008 – 2009
Futureworks Studios, Manchester, UK
Genre Doom metal, gothic metal
Length 59:54
Producer Peaceville Records
My Dying Bride chronology
An Ode to Woe
(2008)
For Lies I Sire
(2009)
Bring Me Victory
(2009)

For Lies I Sire is the tenth studio album by British doom metal pioneers My Dying Bride, released on 23 March 2009 via Peaceville Records[1] and 21 April 2009 in the United States.[2] It is the first album without keyboardist Sarah Stanton since she joined My Dying Bride in 2004 for their "Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" album. Musically, it is their first album since 1996's "Like Gods of the Sun" to feature a violin, performed by new band member Katie Stone. The album was recorded during September 2008 in Manchester's Futureworks Studio.

Musical style[edit]

Andrew Craighan stated that the feel of the album is, in his words, "heading for empty and bleak with flashes of rage."[3] Vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe stated in an interview that For Lies I Sire is "quite possibly the most depressing thing we've created to date", and that it's an album that unites the past of the band with the future.

The album is the first since 1996's album Like Gods of the Sun to feature a violin, this time performed by new keyboardist and violinist Katie Stone. The idea of using violin again has been described by Stainthorpe as adding "a deep range of feeling".[4] The violin parts were well received by critics, as noted under the Reception section.

"A Chapter in Loathing" begins with the same riff that closed the band's last album, A Line of Deathless Kings.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Body, a Funeral" – 6:47
  2. "Fall with Me" – 7:15
  3. "The Lies I Sire" – 5:29
  4. "Bring Me Victory" – 4:08
  5. "Echoes from a Hollow Soul" – 7:19
  6. "ShadowHaunt" – 4:37
  7. "Santuario di Sangue" – 8:27
  8. "A Chapter in Loathing" – 4:46
  9. "Death Triumphant" – 11:06

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Blistering 8.5/10 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[7]

The album was well received by critics. Thom Jurek of Allmusic especially praised Aaron Stainthorpe, calling his vocals "better than ever" and his lyrics "beautifully poetic and streamlined". Jurek also pointed out the entire band being on top-notch, with several good hooks in all instruments, and called the album both a good introduction to the band for new fans, and a good follow-up to fans of all the previous albums.[8] David E. Gehlke of Blistering.com called For Lies I Sire to be My Dying Bride's second best album after 1999's The Light at the End of the World, and especially praised the work of new drummer Dan Mullins, noting that he put out an "inspired performance, even getting colossal drum roll treatment on My Body, A Funeral and the death metal-tinged A Chapter in Loathing".[9]

At the same time, several critics have noted the departure of death grunts on the later albums, including For Lies I Sire. Trey Spencer of Sputnik Music feels it has the album lacking important parts and calling it "a shame [...] because musically this is some of the best material they’ve released in over a decade". He also adds that he enjoys the album, but is "constantly waiting for a little extra kick that never comes".[10]

Especially the return of the violin, as performed by Katie Stone, has been praised by critics; the aforementioned Sputnik Music critic noted that Stone often performed in style of past violinist Martin Powell, only using the violin sparsely on certain passages, to surprise the listener. He especially praised the violin usage in the song My Body, a Funeral, noting that it "is used in a way that seems to extend the lyrics despite the lack of any words".[10] David E. Gehlke of Blistering.com especially praised the album's interplay between the guitar riffs of Andrew Craighan's and Hamish Glencross, and Katie Stone's violin.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Chart[11] 24

Line-up[edit]

This was the first studio release featuring keyboardist/violinist Katie Stone, drummer Dan Mullins and bassist Lena Abé, although the latter two also featured on the 2008 live CD/DVD An Ode to Woe. Katie Stone resigned from the post to focus on her studies soon after the release of the album, to be replaced by Shaun MacGowan for the upcoming tour and Bring Me Victory EP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ My Dying Bride: New Album Audio Preview Available blabbermouth.net. 12 February 2009. Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
  2. ^ For Lies I Sire bestbuy.com. Retrieved on 14 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Metal Hammer – News Article". 
  4. ^ Ultimatemetal.com
  5. ^ Jurek, Thom. For Lies I Sire review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 11 October 2009.
  6. ^ Gehlke, David E. For Lies I Sire review blistering.com. Retrieved on 11 October 2009.
  7. ^ Spencer, Trey. For Lies I Sire review sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved on 11 October 2009.
  8. ^ allmusic.com For Lies I Sire review
  9. ^ a b Blistering.com Review: My Dying Bride – For Lies I Sire
  10. ^ a b My Dying Bride – For Lies I Sire review – sputnik music
  11. ^ For Lies I Sire Finnish Chart Archives @ yle.fi Finnish