My Dying Bride could be said to be an accquired taste. Their brooding, melancholic doom metal is not fitting to the majority. This band is wonderfully unique in the genre, largely due to the darkly symphonic overtones contributed by the bands keyboardist/violinist, Martin. His occasional full-length violin solos and keyboard fills seemlessly flow together with Calvin’s sombre single note lines and painfully slow, dark drop-tuned riffs. Aaron also does a lovely job on vocals, forgoing doom/death metal grunts for solid, achingly honest clean vocals that range from apathetic, mumbling lows to epic, symphonic highs. Their best album, in my opinion.