PARADISE LOST

Gothic Metal / Death-Doom Metal / Non-Metal / Doom Metal / Death Metal • United Kingdom
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Paradise Lost - initally one of the premier death/doom bands (along with their former labelmates Anathema and My Dying Bride) that later incorporated electronic elements in their music. They formed in 1988 in Halifax, UK. Along with bands like Dream Death, Sempiternal Deathreign, Asphyx, Winter etc... they are also credited for helping develop the subgenre known as "gothic" metal.

Ironically, the band is almost unknown in their home country, but in mainland Europe they have been extremely popular for many years, especially in Greece, Germany and Bulgaria (most of the people from Plovdiv town), where they are regarded as mainstream rock stars. Although they have also been partially attributable for pioneering gothic metal, throughout their career the band have also confounded fans and critics alike with their perpetual taste for reinvention and experimentation, a desire to work with producers from other musical genres, and an oft-stated refusal to repeat themselves
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PARADISE LOST Discography

PARADISE LOST albums / top albums

PARADISE LOST Lost Paradise album cover 3.32 | 30 ratings
Lost Paradise
Death-Doom Metal 1990
PARADISE LOST Gothic album cover 3.99 | 36 ratings
Gothic
Death-Doom Metal 1991
PARADISE LOST Shades of God album cover 4.14 | 33 ratings
Shades of God
Doom Metal 1992
PARADISE LOST Icon album cover 4.22 | 44 ratings
Icon
Gothic Metal 1993
PARADISE LOST Draconian Times album cover 4.33 | 49 ratings
Draconian Times
Gothic Metal 1995
PARADISE LOST One Second album cover 3.77 | 35 ratings
One Second
Gothic Metal 1997
PARADISE LOST Host album cover 3.07 | 22 ratings
Host
Non-Metal 1999
PARADISE LOST Believe in Nothing album cover 2.84 | 21 ratings
Believe in Nothing
Gothic Metal 2001
PARADISE LOST Symbol of Life album cover 4.06 | 23 ratings
Symbol of Life
Gothic Metal 2002
PARADISE LOST Paradise Lost album cover 3.61 | 18 ratings
Paradise Lost
Gothic Metal 2005
PARADISE LOST In Requiem album cover 4.03 | 23 ratings
In Requiem
Gothic Metal 2007
PARADISE LOST Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us album cover 4.12 | 22 ratings
Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Gothic Metal 2009
PARADISE LOST Tragic Idol album cover 4.23 | 24 ratings
Tragic Idol
Gothic Metal 2012
PARADISE LOST The Plague Within album cover 3.97 | 23 ratings
The Plague Within
Doom Metal 2015
PARADISE LOST Medusa album cover 4.39 | 23 ratings
Medusa
Death-Doom Metal 2017
PARADISE LOST Obsidian album cover 4.61 | 19 ratings
Obsidian
Gothic Metal 2020

PARADISE LOST EPs & splits

PARADISE LOST Metal Forces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Forces
Death Metal 1991
PARADISE LOST As I Die album cover 3.28 | 5 ratings
As I Die
Death-Doom Metal 1993
PARADISE LOST Seals the Sense album cover 2.94 | 5 ratings
Seals the Sense
Doom Metal 1994
PARADISE LOST Gothic EP album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Gothic EP
Death-Doom Metal 1994
PARADISE LOST The Last Time album cover 3.14 | 3 ratings
The Last Time
Gothic Metal 1995

PARADISE LOST live albums

PARADISE LOST Evolve album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Evolve
Gothic Metal 2002
PARADISE LOST At the BBC album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
At the BBC
Gothic Metal 2003
PARADISE LOST The Anatomy of Melancholy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Anatomy of Melancholy
Gothic Metal 2008
PARADISE LOST Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016
Death-Doom Metal 2021

PARADISE LOST demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PARADISE LOST Morbid Existance album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Morbid Existance
Death Metal 1988
PARADISE LOST Paradise Lost album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paradise Lost
Death Metal 1988
PARADISE LOST Plains of Desolation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plains of Desolation
Death Metal 1989
PARADISE LOST Frozen Illusion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frozen Illusion
Death-Doom Metal 1989

PARADISE LOST re-issues & compilations

PARADISE LOST Reflection album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Reflection
Gothic Metal 1998
PARADISE LOST Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos
Death Metal 2009
PARADISE LOST Lost In Time album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Lost In Time
Doom Metal 2012
PARADISE LOST Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)
Doom Metal 2013

PARADISE LOST singles (14)

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In Dub
Death-Doom Metal 1990
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Forever Failure
Gothic Metal 1995
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Say Just Words
Gothic Metal 1997
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True Belief '97
Gothic Metal 1997
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One Second
Gothic Metal 1997
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Permanent Solution
Non-Metal 1999
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So Much Is Lost
Non-Metal 1999
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Mouth
Non-Metal 2001
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Fader
Non-Metal 2001
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Erased
Gothic Metal 2002
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Forever After
Gothic Metal 2005
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The Enemy
Gothic Metal 2007
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The Longest Winter
Doom Metal 2017
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Blood and Chaos
Gothic Metal 2017

PARADISE LOST movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Vile Visions
Death-Doom Metal 1990
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Live Death
Death-Doom Metal 2004
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Draconian Times MMXI
Gothic Metal 2011

PARADISE LOST Reviews

PARADISE LOST Symbol of Life

Album · 2002 · Gothic Metal
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"Symbol of Life" is the 9th full-length studio album by UK goth/doom metal act Paradise Lost. The album was released through GUN Records (Europe) and Koch Records (USA) in October 2002. Paradise Lost started out in the late 80s/early 90s as a doom/death metal act with a dark and rather brutal sound, but soon added gothic atmopsheres and melancholic lead guitar melodies to their sound. After a couple of more albums Paradise Lost focused even more on the gothic element of their sound but also began to use keyboards more extensively, culminating in the electronic oriented heavy rock album "Host" from 1999. At that point Paradise Lost had shed almost every heavy metal element from their sound, and while "Believe in Nothing (2001)" brought back a more guitar driven sound, it wasn´t the most hard edged gothic metal album either.

On "Symbol of Life", Paradise Lost is back doing what they do best. And that´s to write and play gothic/doom metal. They haven´t shed the keyboards or the occasional use of electronics, but the heavy doom laden riffs and rhythms are back, and lead vocalist Nick Holmes also sounds more commanding on this release than he did on the last couple of releases.

The album opens with the heavy "Isolate" and continues with one of the album highlights in "Erased". The latter features additional female vocals by Joanna Stevens, who perfectly compliments the low register male vocals by Holmes. Other highlights include "Pray Nightfall", the title track, and "Mystify". "Symbol of Life" also features a couple of slightly faster and (relatively) more aggressive tracks in "Self-Obsessed" and "Channel for the Pain", which provide the album with some dynamics and variation. The limited edition of the album features two bonus tracks, which are both worth a mention. The first is a cover of "Xavier" by Dead Can Dance, and the second is a cover of "Small Town Boy" by Bronski Beat. Especially the former is quite the brilliant cover. The latter mentioned is also great, but as "Small Town Boy" was already covered by Depressive Age a couple of years prior (on their 1996 album "Electric Scum"), it feels a bit more redundant here.

Paradise Lost enlisted producer Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Nailbomb, Front Line Assembly) to work on "Symbol of Life" and he is more or less the perfect fit for the band´s gothic/doom metal style with keyboards and electronics. Fulber has created a heavy, clear, and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion "Symbol of Life" is a slight return to form for Paradise Lost after a couple of more questionable releases. It´s not a perfect album, and it does feature a couple of unremarkable tracks (or fillers if you like), but the best tracks and even the second best tracks are high quality material and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

PARADISE LOST Gothic

Album · 1991 · Death-Doom Metal
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Gothic is pretty much where Gothic Metal got it’s name and signature sound, especially the title track. Of course, the majority of this album isn’t actually Gothic Metal – rather straightforward Death Doom is the name of the game here. They add some female vocals and melodic lines every so often, but otherwise this is pretty stripped down and basic.

My favorite part of this album are actually Nick’s vocals. Those are some monstrous howls right there, and the heavy reverb ensure they create a great atmosphere on their own. I appreciate this one a lot more than when I first heard it, but I still see it as an overrated stepping stone simply leading the way to truly great Death Doom and Gothic Metal that other bands would perfect.

PARADISE LOST Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016

Live album · 2021 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" is a live album release by UK goth/death/doom metal act Paradise Lost. The album was released through Nuclear Blast in March 2021. The material featured on the album were recorded at Roadburn Festival, on April 14, 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Paradise Lost´s second full-length studio album "Gothic (1991)". "Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" features all material from the "Gothic (1991)" album played from start to finish with only one exception and that´s the short instrumental outro track "Desolate", which the band have opted to use as an intro to the concert instead of an outro.

Paradise Lost are by now a seasoned act, but there are actually a couple of tracks from "Gothic (1991)" that they had never played live before this event. The band are well rehearsed though and the performance is strong throughout the show. Lead vocalist Nick Holmes is in great form delivering majestic growling vocals, and some nice humoristic chatter with the audience between tracks. I´m guessing the orchestral parts and the female clean vocal parts are pre-recorded backing tracks, and both work like a charm. The many melancholic leads, the harmonies, the ultra heavy riffs, and the heavy beats. It´s all there and accounted for.

"Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" is obviously a live recording, but the sound quality is very good. Every detail is heard while retaining the rawness and authenticity of the performance. Fans of the original album won´t be disappointed with "Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" as it´s both a true and accurate tribute to the original, but adds something to it with the more skilled performances of 2016 Paradise Lost (four out of the five members are original members of the band and played on the original studio album). Personally listening to "Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" sent me right back to my teenage room listening to and worshipping "Gothic (1991)", back when it was the latest release by Paradise Lost. I´m usually not partial to live recordings by artists in the more extreme genres of metal, but this one is definitely worth your time. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

PARADISE LOST One Second

Album · 1997 · Gothic Metal
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"One Second" is the 6th full-length studio album by UK goth/doom metal act Paradise Lost. The album was released through Music For Nations in July 1997 in Europe and through Jive Records in the US in August 1997. It´s the successor to "Draconian Times" from 1995 and features the same lineup who recorded the predecessor. 18 tracks were recorded during the sessions for "One Second". The "regular" European version features 12 tracks, while the limited edition digipack and the US version feature the bonus track "I Despair". The Japanese version of the album includes three additional tracks in "Cruel One", "How Soon is Now?" (The Smiths cover), and "Albino Flogged in Black" (Stillborn cover). The two original tracks "The Hour" and "Slave" were also recorded during the sessions, but not included on any of the original versions of the album. They later appeared on the second version of the "One Second" single.

Stylistically the material on "One Second" further develops the goth element of the band´s sound and tones down the doom metal elements of their past. Keyboards and electronic effects are now also a major part of the sound. Elements which were used a bit more sparingly on the last couple of albums (although the use were increasing from album to album). The core of the band´s sound is a heavy goth influenced metal style drenched in melancholy. Lead vocalist Nick Holmes has completely shed his vocal style of any growling vocals at this stage, and his singing has greatly improved compared to the last two releases, which also featured clean vocals. He sounds more comfortable now singing clean vocals, and his performance on the album is generally strong.

Paradise Lost changed a bit over the years from being a riff and lead theme oriented doom/death metal act to writing more vocal focused music, and on "One Second" that development is complete. It has its upsides and its downsides, because when the vocal melodies are strong and memorable it doesn´t mean that much, that the instrumental part of the music seldom feature killer riffs or soaring lead guitar themes, but when the vocal melodies don´t work that well, the instrumental part of the music simply isn´t interesting enough to maintain my attention. To my ears the first part of the album features the strongest and most memorable tracks (the opening five tracks are great quality material), while the quality begins to drop a bit around the middle of the album.

"One Second" features a clear and detailed sound production, which suits the music well. It´s a bit on the "clinical" side and probably could have prospered from a more organic tone, but that´s a matter of subjective taste, and listened to objectively the sound production is of high quality. So upon conclusion "One Second" is a quality release by Paradise Lost and I would mention it among the most important releases in their discography in terms of musical development. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

PARADISE LOST Obsidian

Album · 2020 · Gothic Metal
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"Obsidian" is the 16th full-length studio album by UK doom/gothic metal act Paradise Lost. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in May 2020. It´s the successor to "Medusa" from 2017. Paradise Lost formed way back in the late 80s and initially played death/doom metal with some pretty brutal growling vocals by Nick Holmes. They soon incorporated gothic rock influences and later electronic music influences and pretty early on started performing clean vocals instead of growls. The growling vocals returned with their 14th full-length studio album "The Plague Within" from 2015, although they didn´t dominate the vocal part of the band´s sound, as Holmes still performed many clean vocal parts on that album. "Medusa (2017)" had a few more growling vocal parts, but stil maintained a good balance with clean vocal sections...

...and that trend is continued on "Obsidian", which is an album featuring a good balance between growling vocal parts and clean vocal sections. Often to great effect while switching between the two vocal styles during songs. Stylistically "Obsidian" can be described as drawing influences from a lot of the most successful releases in the band´s catalogue and as a result, it´s one of the most varied albums Paradise Lost have released. There´s crushingly heavy death/doom, doom metal with soaring lead guitar melodies, goth rock/metal, and a generally dark and heavy atmosphere. But most important of all the songwriting is spot on. There are several well written and memorable tracks on the album and the variation between the tracks on the album is also a contributing factor to a great tracklist flow. It´s a feature which is often underrated, but a good tracklist flow is always one of the key elements of a good album.

"Obsidian" features a dark, heavy, and detailed sounding production, which suits the material perfectly, and it´s yet another contributing high quality feature, which make "Obsidian" the great album it is. Strong and memorable songwriting, high level musical performances from all involved, and a well sounding production job, and upon conclusion there really isn´t much to complain about here. Paradise Lost seem to have found an almost perfect balance between their different styles and sounds on "Obsidian" and the end result is one of their strongest releases to date. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

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PARADISE LOST Live Death

Movie · 2004 · Death-Doom Metal
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Considering this was actually released on VHS in 1990, Paradise Lost must surely overestimate the passion and loyalty of their fan club. Filmed in Bradford in 1989 to coincide with the band’s debut album, this is a 30-minute video of the band playing on stage. They barely move around, you barely see glimpses of the crowd, and in fact, you barely see vocalist Nick Holmes’ face due to his shaggy hair constantly covering it.

I’m not really a fan of their earlier, death metal growly material anyway, but even if I was, this video isn’t enjoyable or interesting to watch at all. Re-released in 2004 on DVD, this isn’t worth the 50p I spent on it if not for the fact that I do, in fact, actually like this band, and have a compulsive obsession to own everything a band puts out.

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