A long time ago, we had a thriving metal scene in West Yorkshire. A lot of bands focused on the doom/death sound, the most prolific of which were heavyweights Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Solstice, Serenity and Chorus of Ruin.
In 1994, I met bunch of guys in the Mannville Arms in Bradford and we started talking about setting a band of our own up. After a few rehearsals and line-up tweaks, we had our little outfit together. It was the hey day of Bradford Rios and we got to play with some much bigger acts such as Napalm Death, Anathema and Cradle of Filth as well as our contemporaries such as Garden of Remembrance and Epitaph. It was a great time to be around in Bradford.
We recorded this debut EP in the summer of 1995. None of us had recorded before and we didn’t really know what we were doing. It was the first time I recorded with Tim Walker, a relationship which continues to this day. Primitive though the recording process was (not much in the way of double tracking), I think this still sounds pretty good for an afternoon’s work. Tim has kindly digitally remastered it and I have put it up on here for your perusal.
Listening back brought back many memories of those times. It’s certainly not the best example of the music of the time or even the best example of the work Dark Embrace turned out but it’s a slice of history for me. Feel free to download and listen at your leisure.