Gothic Metal

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Gothic metal or goth metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music. Gothic metal combines the aggression of heavy metal with the dark melancholy of gothic rock. The genre originated during the early 1990s in Europe as an outgrowth of death/doom, a fusion of death metal and doom metal. The music of gothic metal is diverse with bands known to adopt the gothic approach to different styles of heavy metal music. Lyrics are generally melodramatic and mournful with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.

Pioneers of gothic metal include Paradise Lost, Theater Of Tragedy, The 3rd And The Mortal. Other pioneers from the first half of the 1990s include Type O Negative from the United States, Tiamat from Sweden, and The Gathering from the Netherlands. Norwegian band Theatre of Tragedy developed the "beauty and the beast" aesthetic of combining aggressive male vocals with clean female vocals, a contrast that has since been adopted by many gothic metal groups. During the mid-1990s, Moonspell, Theatres des Vampires and Cradle of Filth brought the gothic approach to black metal. By the end of the decade, a symphonic metal variant of gothic metal had been developed by Tristania and Within Temptation.

In the 21st century, gothic metal has moved towards the mainstream in Europe, particularly in Finland where groups such as The 69 Eyes, Entwine, HIM, Lullacry, Poisonblack and Sentenced have released hit singles or chart-topping albums. In the US, however, only a few bands such as Lacuna Coil, Evanescence have found commercial success.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_metal

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PARADISE LOST One Second

Album · 1997 · Gothic Metal
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UMUR
"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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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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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 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!

PARADISE LOST Obsidian

Album · 2020 · Gothic Metal
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Paradise Lost has always been a band that crucially changes the style of music they are composing, as well as being noted as godfathers for half of the genres they are playing in. We can responsibly announce that the production of such a great album could have been expected due to the good shape of the band in the recent years. This time it is even better. Obsidian is a one of a kind. The mixture of gothic, doom and death metal is harmonically and balancedly executed. The proportion of clear and death vocals are very well estimated. The guitar solos are great, the melodies are memorable, fresh and alive. The rhythm section is catchy. The proportion of harder and softer songs is mesmerizing. When you listen to the album for only a second time you have the feeling of a classic album. One of their best and probably the most balanced and musically well-executed record. Highly recommended!

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