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Album · 2002


1. Isolate (3:44)
2. Erased (3:32)
3. Two Worlds (3:29)
4. Pray Nightfall (4:11)
5. Primal (4:23)
6. Perfect Mask (3:46)
7. Mystify (3:49)
8. No Celebration (3:48)
9. Self-Obsessed (3:07)
10. Symbol of Life (3:56)
11. Channel for the Pain (3:53)
12. Xavier *(6:07)
13. Small Town Boy *(5:17)

* bonus track

Total Time: 53:07


- Nick Holmes / Vocals
- Gregor Mackintosh / Guitar, Keyboards, Programming
- Aaron Aedy / Guitar
- Stephen Edmondson / Bass
- Lee Morris / Drums

About this release

Label: GUN Records (Europe),Koch Records (USA)
Release Date: October 21, 2002

Composed By: Gregor Mackintosh
Lyrics By: Nick Holmes
Producer: Rhys Fulber
Published by: Zomba Music Publishers Ltd.
Keyboards and Programming By: Gregor Mackintosh and Rhys Fulber
Recorded and Mixed by: Greg Reely
Additional Keyboards by: Jamie Muhoberac (tracks 1, 2, 4, 11)
Strings Arrangements and Piano: Chris Elliott (tracks 8, 10)
Additional Vocals: Lee Dorian (track 2) courtesy of Dreamcatcher Records, Joanna Stevens (tracks 2, 5, 7) and Devin Townsend (tracks 3, 13) courtesy of Century Media Records.
Assistant Engineers: Ewan Davies and Will Bartle (Chapel Studios) and Bart (Dreamcatcher Studios)
Recorded at: Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire, during June–July 2002 and Dreamcatcher Recording Studios, Bradford, 2002
Additional Recording by: Carmen Rizzo at Studio 775, Los Angeles
Mixed at: The Green Jacket, Richmond, BC, Canada
Additional Digital Editing by: Chris Potter
Mastered by: Kai Blankenberg at Skyline Studios, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Artwork By: [Sleeve Design] - Dirk Rudolph
Photography [Band, Screens]: Olaf Heine
Photography [Front]: Nick Veasey
"Small Town Boy" is a cover of the Bronski Beat song and 'Xavier' a cover of the Dead Can Dance song.

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Of all the albums of Paradise Lost's mid-career cruise through gothic rock/gothic metal territory - commencing after they more or less abandoned their old death-doom sound on One Second before crawling back towards doom metal territory in their late career - Symbol of Life might be their most instantaneously accessible blend of synth-happy gothic rock in a Sisters of Mercy vein with more gothic metal guitar riffage.

With heavy guitars making a welcome return to their sound, the band manage a really nice, smooth fusion of the different styles, producing something which is accessible enough to have gained a certain amount of commercial traction (at least, it's the Paradise Lost album from this period I saw most heavily promoted in my neck of the woods) whilst at the same time feeling like the band actually believe in what they're doing here more than they did on the slightly directionless Host.

Those for whom a Paradise Lost separated from their extreme metal roots is no Paradise Lost at all will likely turn their nose up at this album, but for those with an appetite for more pop-oriented metal, Symbol of Life finds Paradise Lost adjusting their musical direction and really hitting on an appealing new course, with the lessons of Host and Believe In Nothing fully integrated whilst at the same time the band allow their metal instincts to come back to the fore. On the whole, surprisingly good: I genuinely didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did.

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