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 4.12 | 34 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 At the Mill album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
At the Mill
Gothic 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 3.50 | 1 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 At the Mill

Live album · 2021 · Gothic Metal
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"At the Mill" is a live album release by UK doom/gothic metal act Paradise Lost. The album was released through Nuclear Blast in July 2021. "At the Mill" features the full Paradise Lost live show from November 2020, recorded at The Mill Nightclub near the band’s hometown in Yorkshire, England.

The album features 16 tracks and a total playing time of 73:18 minutes. Paradise Lost have crafted a varied and smooth working setlist for this concert, featuring tracks from many of their (at this point) 16 full-length studio albums. Paradise Lost have evolved from death/doom metal, to gothic tinged doom metal, to gothic metal, to electronic rock/heavy metal, back to gothic doom metal, and have even made a return to gothic tinged death/doom metal on the last couple of albums, so they have quite an eclectic style. "At the Mill" fully displays that, and it´s a great joy to be led through the history of the band and their many different musical styles.

Older songs like "As I Die", "Gothic", and "Embers Fire" are seamlessly paired with mid-period tracks like "So Much Is Lost", "The Enemy", and "One Second", and contemporary tracks like "No Hope in Sight", "Fall from Grace", and the irresistable doom/death of "Beneath Broken Earth". Not a single track feels wrong on the setlist or is placed without thought.

The sound quality is raw, powerful, and manages to provide the tracks with a possibility to shine. There are a couple of production choices I don´t agree with, but they are mainly in regards to the how the drums are produced. The hi-hat features an odd sound and the bass drums don´t sound that well either. Thankfully the great playing of drummer Waltteri Väyrynen keeps me from thinking about it too much, but it is a slight production issue. There is another thing about the production I don´t understand, but it may have something to do with COVID-19 restrictions at the venue...there are no audience noises. No screaming, no talking, and not even a clap after a song ends, and that has some impact on my evaluation of "At the Mill" as a live release.

I´ve mentioned Väyrynen above but the rest of the band are also very well playing. High level tight performances all around. Steve Edmondson (bass) and Aaron Aedy (rhythm guitars) (along with a shifting cast of drummers) were always the glue of the band, and the foundation upon which lead guitarist Greg Mackintosh and vocalist Nick Holmes could work their magic. And magic is definitely at work on "At the Mill", which features great melancholic lead guitar themes, and a Nick Holmes in fine vocal form, performing a varity of vocal styles, from subdued cleans, to more raw shouting vocals, to deeper gothic tinged cleans, to death metal growling.

Despite the few issues mentioned above I still think "At the Mill" is a great live document of a 2020 Paradise Lost live show. There is the right amount of rawness in the performances but still a high level professionalism which means you´ll find next to no playing mistakes or other nasty distractions here. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

PARADISE LOST Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos

Boxset / Compilation · 2009 · Death Metal
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"Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos" is a compilation album by UK doom/death metal act Paradise Lost. The compilation was released through Century Media Records in May 2009. Tracks 1-3 are taken from the 1988 "Paradise Lost" demo, tracks 4-6 originally appeared on the 1989 "Frozen Illusion" demo, and the remaining tracks are culled from a live bootleg demo from 1989 titled "Plains of Desolation". There exists en even earlier 1988 one-track demo titled "Morbid Existence", but it featured an early rehearsal version of the track, which was only distributed to friends and to some underground magazines. The "Morbid Existence" track also appeared on the "Paradise Lost (1988)" demo and therefore also on "Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos".

So the material on "Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos" are half studio demo tracks and half live bootleg tracks. It´s almost needless to say, but death metal demo tapes from 1988 and 1989 usually feature a pretty lo-fi sound quality, and the same can be said for the sound quality on "Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos". At least for the material from the 1988 "Paradise Lost" demo, which sound like it´s a 4-track recording done in the band´s rehearsal place. The material from the 1989 "Frozen Illusion" demo features a more clear sound, and the live tracks actually feature a pretty decent sound quality too. None are professional recordings though, so it´s with those expectations you need to meet this compilation.

Considering that these are recordings from the late 80s, it´s quite amazing how developed Paradise Lost sound was at this point. Nick Holmes has a commanding brutal growling delivery, the downtuned riffs are crushingly heavy, and the atmosphere is thick with morbid darkness. It´s not often you´ll find death metal recordings from those days, which feature almost no thrash metal elements and actually sounds 100% like death metal. Paradise Lost definitely were pioneers of the death metal genre in it´s purest form.

The premise of releasing a demo compilation is almost always that it´s a hardcore fan item. And "Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos" is of course not a release for the casual listener either (they should pick up the debut album instead). But that´s not to say it couldn´t be of interest to those who want to learn about the early beginnings of death metal, and especially the early beginnings of the doom/death direction of the genre. Upon conclusion there is both enough quality and history here to warrant a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating.

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.

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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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