Yesterday English doom metal giants My Dying Bride shared a brand new EP Macabre Cabaret via Nuclear Blast. The release features three tracks just short of 22 minutes in total and much in line with the band’s iconic dark and gloomy style. Macabre Cabaret includes the single ‘A Secret Kiss‘ that came out earlier in September, as well as the atmospheric title track that was accompanied by official music video to celebrate the Friday release. Singer and founding member Aaron Stainthorpe shared the following statement about the EP:
“The latest offering from Yorkshire’s finest merchants of misery features new music composed in the style the band have made their own over three decades which continues their relevance within the scene today. Macabre Cabaret is as menacing and brooding as it is beautiful and melancholic with crushing guitar riffs sailing side by side with emotive piano pieces and vocals to suit all flavours.”
Macabre Cabaret is the band’s second release this year following their thirteenth full studio album The Ghost of Orion that came out on 6 March 2020. The record marked their first release for the renowned German metal label Nuclear Blast Records, having previously spent the entirety of their almost career with Peaceville Records. It was also the first studio release to feature new drummer Jeff Singer, who joined My Dying Bride in 2018 having previously performed with Paradise Lost, China Beach, Blaze and City of Gold.
Macabre Cabaret is produced, mastered and mixed by Mark Mynett of Mynetaur Production, a renowned producer/engineer with an extensive showreel, Music Technology university lecturer and autor of the acclaimed ‘Metal Music Manual‘ book. The sinister artwork is designed by the Italian artist Bunker Artworks and is praised by Stainthorpe for perfectly capturing the band’s image and “offering a visual interpretation of the aural devastation that is My Dying Bride.” Macabre Cabaret is out now on all digital platforms, as well as standard CD, LP and limited edition coloured vinyl all available to order here.
The official music video for the EP’s title track was directed and broduced by Hal and Beth Sinden of Eulogy Media and Dan Newcomb for Nuclear Media & Production. It reflects the melancholic and macabre feel of the song and is described by the band as “a visual treat for lovers of gothic menace and doom-heavy art”. Aaron Stainthorpe adds: “A provocative story is played out to sombre overtones with a climax sitting well inside the shadows of malice as the band are dramatised in silhouette shade and smoky aplomb”.
Formed in 1990 in Bradford, My Dying Bride are hailed as one of the godfathers of the doom and gothic metal alongside Paradise Lost and Anathema, collectively known as the “Peaceville Three” for their shared time at the label and similar artistic approach. My Dying Bride boast an extensive discography of thirtheen studio albums, seven compilations, two live albums and seven EPs with Macabre Cabaret becoming the latest gem in their admirable and productive career.
Despite having the reputation as one of the most influantial doom bands in the UK and with strong roots in the local gothic scene, My Dying Bride appear to be a lot more popular in Central and Northern Europe, and signing for Nuclear Blast is sure to further boost their status on the continent. The band’s albums are frequent chart entries in Finland and Germany, with their latest The Ghost of Orion scoring #34 in the Finnish Albums Chart and a record #12 in the Official German Chart.
My Dying Bride are Aaron Stainthorpe (vocals), Andrew Craighan (guitars), Lena Abé (bass), Shaun MacGowan (violin, keyboards), Jeff Singer (drums) and Neil Blanchett (guitars).
A few words from Aaron regarding the delay with the Splatter vinyl!
Make sure to check out our new music video for “Macabre Cabaret” here: https://t.co/XvpXJVLJI3
— My Dying Bride (@Official_MDB) November 20, 2020