PARADISE LOST — As I Die

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EP · 1993

Tracklist

1. As I Die (3:51)
2. Rape of Virtue (4:48)
3. Death Walks Behind You (6:30)
4. Eternal (live) (4:29)

Total Time: 19:39

Line-up/Musicians

- Nick Holmes / Vocals
- Gregor Mackintosh / Lead guitar
- Aaron Aedy / Rhythm guitar
- Steve Edmondson / Bass
- Matthew Archer / Drums

About this release

Music For Nations, April 6th, 1993

Produced, engineered and mixed by: Simon Eterney
Guest Keyboards by: Robert John Godfrey
Recorded at Longhome Studios
Cover illustration and design by: Dave McKean at Hourglass (Courtesy Allen
Spiegal Fine Arts)

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"As I Die" is an EP released in April 1993 by UK doom metal act Paradise Lost. The EP was released through Music For Nations. The title track is pretty much THE song that paved the way for commercial success for Paradise Lost. "As I Die" is featured as a bonus track on the CD version of "Shades of God (1992)", while the vinyl version doesn´t feature the track.

The EP features 4 tracks and a playing time of 19:39 minutes. The title track opens the EP and it´s an iconic doom metal track and a Paradise Lost "classic". "Rape of Virtue" is next and as far as I understand it´s an outtake from the "Shades of God" sessions. It might have been recorded specifically for this release though. At the time of the release of this EP, this was the only place to hear the song. It´s not the most memorable track though and that further strengthens my outtake theory. The third track on the EP is a cover of "Death Walks Behind You", which was originally recorded by hard rock act Atomic Rooster and released on the "Death Walks Behind You" studio album in 1970. Paradise Lost puts a heavier doomy touch to the song but otherwise pretty much honours the original. I like this version. The last track on the EP is a live version of "Eternal". The studio version was originally featured on the "Gothic (1991)" album. Compared to the original studio version the live version features a significantly different vocals style by lead vocalist Nick Holmes. The original version featured deep majectic growls, while the live version features a more raspy high pitched style. The live version is allright, but nothing more. It pretty much bears testament to the fact that Paradise Lost wasn´t the best live act out there in their early years. That´s also the impression I got the times I saw them in those years.

...so one brilliant track ( the title track), one mediocre original track ("Rape of Virtue"), one pretty good cover track ("Death Walks Behind You") and one rather mediocre live track are what makes up this EP. I guess that warrants a 2.5 - 3 star rating and the stamp "mostly for fans".

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