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My Dying Bride's Aaron Stainthorpe Explains 20th Anniversary "Evinta" Album

Celebrating two decades of darkness, quintessential doom act My Dying Bride has completely deconstructed the band's entire discography and rearranged it into the atmospheric and symphonic release "Evinta" (reviewed here).

While corresponding with Metalunderground.com, vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe described the "Evinta" project as "epic swathes of classical and ambient music with some My Dying Bride melodies." Aaron discussed the arranging and the recording of the album during the interview, and also chatted about getting opera singer Lucie Roche to lend vocals for the album. Below you will also find information on an upcoming new My Dying Bride full-length, as well as the band's tour itinerary for the coming months.

xFiruath: What can fans expect to hear on “Evinta?” I understand that it includes changed and rearranged portions of earlier material?

Aaron: Evinta is epic swathes of classical and ambient music with some My Dying Bride melodies and “moments” included for good measure. There are no guitars, bass, or drums but cellos, violins, and operatics.

xFiruath: How did you go about writing and arranging the material for “Evinta?”

Aaron: We listened to every single riff from our back catalogue, picked out the best, rearranged them, and handed them to Johnny Maudling and a clutch of classical instrument players who then interpreted them and further rearranged them, finally performing them with their instruments along with new compositions to stitch it all together. There are no recognizable My Dying Bride songs here, just moments.

xFiruath: Where did the “Evinta” recording sessions take place?

Aaron: At a studio in Sheffield, 200 miles north of London called Waylands Forge.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about the info and images found inside the book included with the three-disc edition of “Evinta.”

Aaron: As “Evinta” is a sort of celebration of 20 years of the band the book has unseen photos that cover the entire period from 1990 to 2010 and also includes words describing our feelings and thoughts at the various writing and recording stages of every LP. And all the new lyrics of course.

xFiruath: How did you snag Lucie Roche to perform on the album and what was it like working with the opera singer?

Aaron: She has been a fan of the band for quite some time and we have been looking for an excuse to get together for a few years and Evinta was the right thing. We sent her some rough mixes so that she had an idea of what we wanted, then we flew her over from France and spent a few days hard at it in the studio. She sings mezzo soprano in French and English as well as narration in both languages too, and a bit of Latin thrown in for good measure.

xFiruath: With this being the 20th anniversary release, is My Dying Bride going to be hibernating or ending, or will the band be continuing on with new material in the future?

Aaron: We are already well under way with the next full band CD which should be out after Summer this year. As I mostly worked on “Evinta,” the band was mostly working on the next CD so we've done a hell of a lot of work collectively these last few months.

xFiruath: What upcoming live shows does My Dying Bride have lined up?

Aaron: We are playing at Hard Rock Laager in Estonia very soon and then Mera Luna in Germany and hopefully some of our own shows too to promote the next CD. We're also over in the U.S. in January playing the 70,000 tons of Metal, which should be interesting.

xFiruath: After 20 years is the band currently where you expected it to be, and how has the group evolved and changed over all that time?

Aaron: We've evolved like many other bands, losing members and gaining new ones, developing our style so that it's honest to our roots but still fresh and interesting, but the most important thing is that we're still loving what we are doing and can genuinely hope to still be doing this in another 20 years.

xFiruath: Is anyone in the band working with any other musical projects right now?

Aaron: Lena has a side project on the go but it's pretty wacky stuff - in a good way - and nothing like My Dying Bride.

xFiruath: Have you been to any interesting or crazy live shows lately?

Aaron: I saw and loved Grinderman recently who was very interesting and only slightly crazy.

xFiruath: What albums are you listening to recently?

Aaron: Currently on the CD player is “Innocence” by John Tavener.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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