My Dying Bride - Meisterwerk III 3-CD


If you buy this set, you get the two previous Meisterwerks (yes, the already released compilations from 2000 and 2001) so this should turn off anyone who already owns Parts I and II. For fans, these discs were interesting for presenting demo versions of some classics ("Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium", "The Grief of Age", "Vast Choirs", and "Catching Feathers"), a few cover songs (the band's rendition of Portishead's "Roads" is breathtaking in my opinion), a bonus track from the Japanese edition of 34.788%...Complete as well as a remix of "Grace Unhearing". The rest of these two discs is a presentation of the band's discography up to and including material from 2001's The Dreadful Hours. If you are new to the band, this selection of tracks offers a good look at the many sides of the band's music, from the majestic "The Crown of Sympathy" to the stripped down beauty of "Two Winters Only". 

The third disc (the actual Meisterwerk III) also features "Deeper Down (Überdoom Edit)" and "Scarborough Fair", which may ensure your purchase if you didn't already own the singles they are taken from, Deeper Down and Bring Me Victory. Weirdly, both singles held an additional rare track ("The Child of Eternity" and "Failure" respectively) but they aren't to be found on Meisterwerk III, so one would still need to hunt down the singles to get to own these songs on disc. I'd definitely want to see "The Child of Eternity" in this sampler, as it is a fantastic and somewhat unusual original My Dying Bride composition, with great contrasts between raw death metal and some of the finest clean vocal melody lines in the band's discography. Love it.