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 3.34 | 28 ratings
Lost Paradise
Death-Doom Metal 1990
PARADISE LOST Gothic album cover 4.11 | 33 ratings
Gothic
Death-Doom Metal 1991
PARADISE LOST Shades of God album cover 4.14 | 31 ratings
Shades of God
Doom Metal 1992
PARADISE LOST Icon album cover 4.21 | 40 ratings
Icon
Gothic Metal 1993
PARADISE LOST Draconian Times album cover 4.33 | 43 ratings
Draconian Times
Gothic Metal 1995
PARADISE LOST One Second album cover 3.82 | 30 ratings
One Second
Gothic Metal 1997
PARADISE LOST Host album cover 3.15 | 21 ratings
Host
Non-Metal 1999
PARADISE LOST Believe in Nothing album cover 2.94 | 20 ratings
Believe in Nothing
Gothic Metal 2001
PARADISE LOST Symbol of Life album cover 4.03 | 20 ratings
Symbol of Life
Gothic Metal 2002
PARADISE LOST Paradise Lost album cover 3.58 | 16 ratings
Paradise Lost
Gothic Metal 2005
PARADISE LOST In Requiem album cover 4.00 | 21 ratings
In Requiem
Gothic Metal 2007
PARADISE LOST Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us album cover 4.09 | 20 ratings
Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Gothic Metal 2009
PARADISE LOST Tragic Idol album cover 4.21 | 21 ratings
Tragic Idol
Gothic Metal 2012
PARADISE LOST The Plague Within album cover 3.94 | 20 ratings
The Plague Within
Doom Metal 2015
PARADISE LOST Medusa album cover 4.40 | 19 ratings
Medusa
Death-Doom Metal 2017
PARADISE LOST Obsidian album cover 4.67 | 12 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 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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Live Death
Death-Doom Metal 2004
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Draconian Times MMXI
Gothic Metal 2011

PARADISE LOST Reviews

PARADISE LOST Obsidian

Album · 2020 · Gothic Metal
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UMUR
"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.

PARADISE LOST Obsidian

Album · 2020 · Gothic Metal
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Kev Rowland
The band may have had a few issues with drummers over the years (who said Spinal Tap?), but the rest have been along for the ride for some 32 years, which is almost unparalleled in heavy music. Godfathers of death/doom, they have also mixed it up with Gothic over the years, combining the forms quite unlike any other. The band have rarely been content to follow an album with another which is identical and that is very much the case here, as in many ways they have looked over their whole career and brought it all together in one place. Nick Holmes is mixing it up in terms of his vocals, sometimes singing emotionally and others going deep into growls while musically this is doom and gothic combining together. Here is a band full of confidence: they have nothing to prove and owe nothing to anyone apart from themselves.

In many ways this is a cleaner album than ‘Medusa’, more emotional, as the band again show they keep moving on, while also keeping true to their roots. One knows with this band that they are always going to release something heavy, packed with emotion, and towards the slower end of the speed scale, but apart from that one is never sure what one is going to get. Here we have slab like riffs combining with wonderful vocals and great hooks to create something which is multi-layered and builds a strong picture of a very dark band indeed. When Nick Holmes was asked about Paradise Lost, he said, “This is what we love doing and we’re all really happy with the new album… even if it doesn’t sound like it (laughs).” All Paradise Lost fans should be happy with this as well. I loved ‘Medusa’ and they are back with something which is twisting a different way in the darkness, and I love this one too.

PARADISE LOST Medusa

Album · 2017 · Death-Doom Metal
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The ultimate and classic death-doom release by Paradise Lost

Medusa makes the hardest fans of death-doom metal and Paradise Lost in particular to exclaim. This exceptional album consists of long, dark, slow and elaborate works and makes the metalheads' blood to boil. There are not any sterile, boring or unnecessary parts on the album, as well as any production problems which used to be presented on the early heavier releases by the band. The inclusion of keyboards is very skillful and enchanting, while inserting additional volume and style to the album. Real masterpiece by Paradise Lost this time without exceptions and excuses and a strong candidate for best album of the band to date.

PARADISE LOST The Plague Within

Album · 2015 · Doom Metal
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The 14th studio album made by Paradise Lost marks an intensive return to a havier sound and voice. In addition to the slower music and heavy riffs, the listener is able to hear harsh vocals and even death growls which have not been in use for the band since the early era. The album is a true example of a harder gothic doom metal, but yet is unable to provoke and surprise in most of its sections in my opinion. It is a typical example of band's direction from here on, which will have continued and developed in the next releases. Best landmark song: Victim of the Past.

PARADISE LOST Tragic Idol

Album · 2012 · Gothic Metal
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The thirteenth studio album made by death / doom / gothic Godfathers Paradise Lost is a strong return to form and is characterized with catchy slow gothic metal sound with elements of doom metal. Yet the songs are quite memorable, but the solos and the musical lines are quite heavier than during the last fifteen years or something. The album marks the new polished era for the heavier sound of the band, because the last time they made such heavy music, they have been unexperienced with obvious weaknesess either in production or in songwring process of the songs. Classy record recommended even for fans of different metal subgenres!

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PARADISE LOST Live Death

Movie · 2004 · Death-Doom Metal
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martindavey87
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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