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Album · 1993

Tracklist

1. Embers Fire (4:44)
2. Remembrance (3:26)
3. Forging Sympathy (4:43)
4. Joys of the Emptiness (3:29)
5. Dying Freedom (3:43)
6. Widow (3:04)
7. Colossal Rains (4:35)
8. Weeping Words (3:50)
9. Poison (2:59)
10. True Belief (4:30)
11. Shallow Seasons (4:55)
12. Christendom (4:30)
13. Deus Misereatur (1:57)
14. Sweetness * (4:50)
15. Your Hand in Mine (live) * (6:40)

* bonus tracks

Total Time: 50:32 (62:02 w / bonus tracks)

Line-up/Musicians

- Nick Holmes / Vocals
- Gregor Mackintosh / Lead guitars
- Aaron Aedy / Rhythm and acoustic guitars
- Stephen Edmondson / Bass
- Matthew Archer / Drums

Guest Musicians:
- Denise Bernard / vocals
- Andrew Holdsworth / keyboards

About this release

Label: Music For Nations
Release Date: September 28, 1993

Published by Zomba Music.
Produced and Engineered by Simon Efemey.
Mixed by Simon Efemey and Pete "Pee Wee" Coleman.
Mix Engineer: Pete "Pee Wee" Coleman.
Assisted by Andrew Holdsworth.
Assistants: Paul Nixon and Sally Butler.
Recorded at Jacobs Studios, Surrey, June / July 1993.
Mastered by Geoff Pesche at Townhouse Studios.

Design and art direction by Stylorouge.
All photography by Matt Anker.

Music written by Gregor Mackintosh. Lyrics written by Nick Holmes.

Re-released by Metal Mind Productions in 2008 with 2 bonus tracks.

Thanks to Stooge, TheHeavyMetalCat, adg211288 for the updates

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Paradise Lost used to be one of those bands I just don't get. On Icon they show off a fairly straight down the line gothic metal sound showing mild influences of the death and doom metal which used to saturate their sound. At first it left me cold, particularly in the light of their groundbreaking first two albums, but the passage of time and the erosion of my expectations has worked wonders on it.

The main thing about Icon is that, whilst Shades of God showed flirtations with gothic metal as well as a drift into a more mainstream sound, Icon really accelerates that a lot. If you are expecting anything remotely like the band's early works, you're just going to find it confusing. Stay the course, though, and an engaging, accessible gothic metal release gradually reveals itself. There's actual keyboards on here - pretty, twinkling keyboards! Who could have expected such a thing after the deliciously grotesque riffs of Gothic or Lost Paradise?

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