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 3.33 | 31 ratings
Lost Paradise
Death-Doom Metal 1990
PARADISE LOST Gothic album cover 3.88 | 37 ratings
Gothic
Death-Doom Metal 1991
PARADISE LOST Shades of God album cover 4.14 | 35 ratings
Shades of God
Doom Metal 1992
PARADISE LOST Icon album cover 4.21 | 46 ratings
Icon
Gothic Metal 1993
PARADISE LOST Draconian Times album cover 4.33 | 50 ratings
Draconian Times
Gothic Metal 1995
PARADISE LOST One Second album cover 3.79 | 36 ratings
One Second
Gothic Metal 1997
PARADISE LOST Host album cover 3.11 | 24 ratings
Host
Non-Metal 1999
PARADISE LOST Believe in Nothing album cover 3.03 | 23 ratings
Believe in Nothing
Gothic Metal 2001
PARADISE LOST Symbol of Life album cover 4.04 | 24 ratings
Symbol of Life
Gothic Metal 2002
PARADISE LOST Paradise Lost album cover 3.74 | 20 ratings
Paradise Lost
Gothic Metal 2005
PARADISE LOST In Requiem album cover 4.03 | 24 ratings
In Requiem
Gothic Metal 2007
PARADISE LOST Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us album cover 4.11 | 23 ratings
Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Gothic Metal 2009
PARADISE LOST Tragic Idol album cover 4.23 | 25 ratings
Tragic Idol
Gothic Metal 2012
PARADISE LOST The Plague Within album cover 3.97 | 24 ratings
The Plague Within
Doom Metal 2015
PARADISE LOST Medusa album cover 4.39 | 24 ratings
Medusa
Death-Doom Metal 2017
PARADISE LOST Obsidian album cover 4.61 | 20 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 3.35 | 6 ratings
As I Die
Death-Doom Metal 1993
PARADISE LOST Seals the Sense album cover 3.05 | 6 ratings
Seals the Sense
Doom Metal 1994
PARADISE LOST Gothic EP album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Gothic EP
Death-Doom Metal 1994
PARADISE LOST The Last Time album cover 3.19 | 4 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 4.00 | 1 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 | 2 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 3.58 | 2 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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3.00 | 1 ratings
Draconian Times MMXI
Gothic Metal 2011

PARADISE LOST Reviews

PARADISE LOST Paradise Lost

Album · 2005 · Gothic Metal
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On their self-titled album, Paradise Lost don't so much set a new manifesto for their sound as they continue their evolution back towards the genre they had originally pioneered - having left the metal sphere altogether on Host before Believe In Nothing and Symbol of Life began their evolution back.

Whilst back in the 1990s the band were true trailblazers of gothic metal, here they feel more like they are comfortably plugging along in the middle of the road of the genre. This doesn't bother me as much as it might, however, because whilst this is slightly generic gothic metal, it is at least extremely well-crafted generic gothic metal, and as a result I can accept it as an album which manages to be rather fun even if it isn't necessarily all that substantial next to the likes of Draconian Times.

PARADISE LOST Believe in Nothing

Album · 2001 · Gothic Metal
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Paradise Lost began as pioneers of a distinctive death-doom sound before they went on a long, gradual journey, shifting through gothic metal to increasingly less extreme metal-oriented styles until on Host they exited the metal world altogether, producing an album of synth-oriented gothic rock.

Believe In Nothing begins their long trek back to their roots. Ultimately, I think Paradise Lost's journey away from and then back towards the gothic-doom metal blend which is their main forte was a good thing: by undertaking that trip, they were able to return to extreme metal having stretched their wings a bit and learned a few lessons they wouldn't have if they'd stayed in their comfort zone, and were stronger for it.

That said, the journey itself is a little rough to listen to. Host was good but not great, and anyone who's into synth-heavy goth music has probably heard better. The return of heavy guitars and metal stylings on Believe In Nothing is in that respect a welcome reprieve, though it has to be said that their sound ends up feeling a little generic here - there's a few too many moments where they sound like commercial pretenders to the throne, rather than the mighty unit which gave us albums like Draconian Times.

Still, the album does do some interesting things, exploring how the synths of Host and current alternative rock trends could work their way into a sound suggestive of Paradise Lost's glory days without quite arriving there. If Believe In Nothing doesn't sound like top tier Paradise Lost, it at least sounds like a pretty decent support band warming up the crowd before Paradise Lost themselves take to the stage - and in its grander moments, you can get a good whiff of the real deal.

If you are into gothic metal to any particular extent, that probably sounds good to you, and it sounds alright to me - except it can be very hard to get over the fact that it's Paradise Lost themselves doing this, and you know they're capable of more.

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 Movies Reviews

PARADISE LOST Draconian Times MMXI

Movie · 2011 · Gothic Metal
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Released to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the classic gothic doom metal album, Paradise Lost's Draconian Times MMXI simply has them play through the entire album in order, then add on some encores from their wider discography at the end. It's a decent capture of the Paradise Lost live experience, though ultimately they stick close enough to the studio rendition to make this a little redundant in the end. If you're very keen on this specific period of the band's career - after their early pioneering death-doom work, before they steered away from metal entirely to explore other gothic realms prior to their 2000s return to metal - then it's probably worth it, but even then you might find you just prefer to spin the studio album again.

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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