March 17, 2024

British death-doom legends, My Dying Bride, recently announced their 15th studio album, A Mortal Binding, which is set to be released on 19th April. Now, the Yorkshire based sextet have revealed the second single from the record. The solemn, mournful track titled The 2nd of Three Bells comes accompanied by a richly gothic video directed by Daniel Gray.

My Dying Bride’s Andrew Craighan commented, “The 2nd of three Bells see the band in a more musical performance role juxtaposed with artistic metaphor of the struggles between the deathknell itself and the lust for life’s brief joys.”

Photo_Matt Wells

A Mortal Binding, the much-anticipated follow-up to The Ghost of Orion (2020) finds the Yorkshire-based quintet delighting in anxiety, loss, and toil to resplendent effect. From the raw distress of Her Dominion and twisted horror of Thornwyck Hymn to the funerary violins of the 11-minute monolith The Apocalyptist‘ and the classic-feeling The 2nd of Three BellsA Mortal Binding is pinnacle My Dying Bride. If Songs of Darkness, Words of Light (2004) elevated the band to new heights and A Map of All Our Failures (2012) expanded upon the group’s mid-tens grandeur, then A Mortal Binding stages My Dying Bride‘s next exultant phase of elegiac misery.

A Mortal Binding

  1. Her Dominion
  2. Thornwyck Hymn
  3. The 2nd of Three Bells
  4. Unthroned Creed
  5. The Apocalyptist
  6. A Starving Heart
  7. Crushed Embers

Available formats

  • CD jewelcase
  • Vinyl 2LP gatefold – green
  • Vinyl 2LP gatefold – red w/ black smoke
  • Vinyl 2LP gatefold – clear w/ black smoke

My Dying Bride hired The Ghost of Orion studio wizard Mark Mynett to produce, mix, and master A Mortal Binding. The group holed up at Mynett’Mynetaur Productions (Paradise LostRotting Christ) in Manchester, UK, where they tracked the album consecutively from July to September 2023.

For over three decades, My Dying Bride from West Yorkshire have been the voice of the hopeless and broken, combining haunting sounds with crushing misery and melancholy. With their signature sound they’ve shaped the doom metal scene like barely any other act and integrated both soft violin melodies and violent death metal growls into their music, whilst always staying strictly loyal to themselves. And since the early Nineties, the band’s masterminds and founding members Andrew Craighan and Aaron Stainthorpe forged beautiful grief into studio albums with songs of epic length. As My Dying Bride edge past their 33rd year, they’re aging gracefully, remaining as vital and heart-wrenching as ever. The flower withers once more on My Dying Bride‘s upcoming new record A Mortal Binding, due out on 19th April 2024.

My Dying Bride is:
Aaron Stainthorpe | vocals
Andrew Craighan | guitars 
Lena Abé | bass
Shaun MacGowan | keyboards / violin
Neil Blanchett | guitars 
Dan Mullins | drums

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