Let’s begin with the apparently quiet cover artwork, created by the tireless Eliran Kantor in his trademark style somewhere in between Goya and Caravaggio. At a closer look, you will notice some black stains on the figure’s face and clothes, as if to indicate the thousand struggles the band had to go through before exposing themselves with this creation. As it frequently happens with My Dying Bride, they haven’t released clear and defined explanations about the meaning of the title or the cover yet, leaving the task of interpreting them to us listeners.
We can actually see the first big difference from Feel The Misery in terms of themes: if in that case the band clearly dealt with real world tragedies, both personal and on a broader scope, on The Ghost Of Orion a more mystical and atmospheric search seems to emerge, aside from the clearest exception with “Tired Of Tears” (the song that Stainthorpe wrote to exorcise the devastating experience). On this album, My Dying Bride left plenty of room to the majestic patterns of sound that Craighan came up with, as his guitars are the fil rouge that binds strings and keyboards to the bass and drums, acting as guides through the depths of cosmos and of our misery.
It isn’t easy to stay relevant after a long time and in a constantly evolving environment like that of doom metal, especially for a band that came through such a complicated period. And yet, with The Ghost Of Orion My Dying Bride once again proved to be genuine masters of this genre, a band capable of reinventing themselves without particular twists or bends, with great respect and love for that kind of music which they contributed to creating and transforming.