My Dying Bride
This Gothic Doom laden act was founded by Aaron Stainthorpe (vocals), Andy Craighan (guitar), Calvin Robertshaw (guitar), Ade Jackson (bass) and Rick Miah (drums). After signing to the French label Listenable' for a one-off single they then switched to Peaceville' in 1991. Featuring artwork by cult artist Dave McKean, their debut album As The Flower Withers followed in 1992, published only in Europe. The album was more than just basic Death Metal but featured more experimentation into melody. With the addition of classically trained Martin Powell being added for keyboards and violin the subsequent follow-up Turn Loose The Swans (1993) drifted farther towards the melodic orchestration. Trinity (1994), The Angel And The Dark River (1995) and Like Gods Of The Sun (1996) followed.
By the end of the 1990s their sound had evolved into Gothic doom laden sets being released on both sides of the pond like 34.788% Complete (1998; with Bill Law replacing Rick Miah) and A Light At The End Of The World (1999) to growing popularity. The former disc featuring the presence of Shaun Steels (ex-Anthema/ex-Solstice) in place of Law. Meisterwerk I & II (2000 & 2001) were best of compilations that were followed with their next studio effort The Dreadful Hours (2001) that saw Robertshaw gone in favor of Hamish Glencross, not to mention Yasmin Ahmid replacing Powell, a line-up that would remain stable for their live effort The Voice Of The Wretched (2002) but not so for Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light (2004) where Sarah Stanton replaced Ahmid.