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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 Lost Paradise album cover 3.34 | 28 ratings
Lost Paradise
Death-Doom Metal 1990
PARADISE LOST Gothic album cover 4.24 | 31 ratings
Death-Doom Metal 1991
PARADISE LOST Shades of God album cover 4.17 | 30 ratings
Shades of God
Doom Metal 1992
PARADISE LOST Icon album cover 4.26 | 38 ratings
Gothic Metal 1993
PARADISE LOST Draconian Times album cover 4.40 | 39 ratings
Draconian Times
Gothic Metal 1995
PARADISE LOST One Second album cover 3.79 | 29 ratings
One Second
Gothic Metal 1997
PARADISE LOST Host album cover 3.13 | 21 ratings
Non-Metal 1999
PARADISE LOST Believe in Nothing album cover 2.98 | 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 4.26 | 20 ratings
Tragic Idol
Gothic Metal 2012
PARADISE LOST The Plague Within album cover 4.02 | 18 ratings
The Plague Within
Doom Metal 2015
PARADISE LOST Medusa album cover 4.29 | 18 ratings
Death-Doom Metal 2017


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
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
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Paradise Lost
Death Metal 1988
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Plains of Desolation
Death Metal 1989
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Frozen Illusion
Death-Doom Metal 1989

PARADISE LOST re-issues & compilations

PARADISE LOST Reflection album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
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

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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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Non-Metal 2001
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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

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Album · 2012 · Gothic Metal
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In the early 2010s Paradise Lost were in the middle of a slow curve back towards the doom and specifically death-doom territory which had been where they started out, after a long mid-career sweep through gothic metal and goth rock territories. Tragic Idol seems like it's capturing a moment of them dithering on the threshold of doom metal, wondering if they're really ready to go through with it and return home; it feels like they're still holding onto some of the gothic trappings which gave them a brush with commercial success, and perhaps clutching to them just a wee bit tighter than they did on Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us.

This along with The Plague Within are probably the shakiest of the run of transitional albums from In Requiem, where they started returning to doom, to Medusa where they finally made a triumphant return to death-doom, but I think it still hits an interesting goth-doom mix which, if you dug the preceding two albums, will likely appeal to you - but I'd suggest going to those wells before you draw from this one.

PARADISE LOST Symbol of Life

Album · 2002 · Gothic Metal
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Of all the albums of Paradise Lost's mid-career cruise through gothic rock/gothic metal territory - commencing after they more or less abandoned their old death-doom sound on One Second before crawling back towards doom metal territory in their late career - Symbol of Life might be their most instantaneously accessible blend of synth-happy gothic rock in a Sisters of Mercy vein with more gothic metal guitar riffage.

With heavy guitars making a welcome return to their sound, the band manage a really nice, smooth fusion of the different styles, producing something which is accessible enough to have gained a certain amount of commercial traction (at least, it's the Paradise Lost album from this period I saw most heavily promoted in my neck of the woods) whilst at the same time feeling like the band actually believe in what they're doing here more than they did on the slightly directionless Host.

Those for whom a Paradise Lost separated from their extreme metal roots is no Paradise Lost at all will likely turn their nose up at this album, but for those with an appetite for more pop-oriented metal, Symbol of Life finds Paradise Lost adjusting their musical direction and really hitting on an appealing new course, with the lessons of Host and Believe In Nothing fully integrated whilst at the same time the band allow their metal instincts to come back to the fore. On the whole, surprisingly good: I genuinely didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did.


Album · 1990 · Death-Doom Metal
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My introduction to doom metal legends Paradise Lost came about with albums such as 1997’s ‘One Second’ and 2007’s ‘In Requiem’. While the music itself is fairly straightforward, I found myself enjoying some of the grooving, yet melancholic, guitar riffs. With melodic and catchy vocals, along with keyboards that give the music more depth and atmosphere, this is something I could very easily get into.

Which brings me to this, 1990’s debut release, ‘Lost Paradise’. Despite being labelled as doom metal, and even death metal, I thought I’d at least give it a chance, seeing as I know what this band will evolve into, there’s no harm in at least trying, right?

But yeah, sure enough, I’m not into this at all

The death metal growls which are impossible to sing along to, the doom-laden guitar riffs that tend to plod along with about as much excitement as a root canal, and the muddy production that actually makes a lot of guitars difficult to really distinguish. Overall, this is a low-budget 1990 death metal album that sounds like a low-budget 1990 death metal album.

I do like Paradise Lost, and I know I’ll definitely be more receptive to their later albums, which seem more melody-driven, but this right here just isn’t for me.


Album · 2012 · Gothic Metal
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After a few more commercial albums, the gothic rock/metal One Second (1997), the completely non-metal Host (1999) and the alternative/industrial influenced Believe in Nothing (2001) and Symbol of Life (2002), Paradise Lost released a self-titled effort in 2005 as their tenth album. It was one of their more shaky records, though still solid gothic metal. After that they began a new incredible run of high quality albums starting with In Requiem (2007), which saw them starting to reintroduce doom metal to their sound, some that only increased on the following Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (2009). Most recent they've made their work noteworthy by reintroducing their early death growling style on The Plague Within (2015) and a full return to death-doom metal on Medusa (2017).

Stuck in the middle of these five albums is Tragic Idol (2012), Paradise Lost's thirteenth studio album. While not without a reasonable regard from fans, it does seem that out of the five albums released in the 2007-2017 period that it is the one that gets the least mentions, except perhaps for it's distinction as the last Paradise Lost (to date) to not use any death growling from vocalist Nick Holmes.

It's a shame that Tragic Idol seems so overlooked next to the other modern Paradise Lost albums and more so when putting it up against their earlier classic works like Draconian Times (1995), Icon (1993) and Gothic (1991), since for me this album actually represents one of the band's best works. Much like was with the case with fan favourite (and mine) Draconian Times, Tragic Idol comes equipped with an incredibly solid tracklist (here containing ten songs) where every single song is able to stand out and assert its own identity through memorable lyrics delivered with Holmes' varied and powerful vocal performance.

The album is more pure gothic metal in style that it's doomy predecessor and reaffirms why Paradise Lost are the kings of that sub-genre, though does overall have a different vibe to Draconian Times and Icon. This ability for their albums to stand out from each other is another reason why Paradise Lost must be recognised as one of the truly great metal bands to have ever existed. Very rarely does an album from them have exactly the same vibe as the previous one. What really sells Tragic Idol though is its songs. The excellent title track most of all, but also ones like Solitary One, Crucify, Fear of Impending Hell, Theories From Another World and The Glorious End all make this one of the band's most essential albums. The two prior albums were excellent but neither can claim that every song is as instantly memorable the way Tragic Idol can. I'd even rank this one above Icon for that alone.

Paradise Lost's thirteenth album may forever be known to me as the underrated one and that's the only really tragic thing about it. Fans of the band are advised to pay closer attention to this one.

PARADISE LOST Draconian Times

Album · 1995 · Gothic Metal
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With their first four albums representing a clear evolution from their beginnings as a pure death-doom metal act to a gothic metal act, Paradise Lost's fifth full-length album sees them delivering something as close to what could be considered their standard fare. Not that they really have one, as subsequent albums would go on to prove. Titled Draconian Times (1995), the album is probably the UK band's best known and well regarded release as is considered a seminal album of the gothic metal genre.

It's really got hard to hear why. Gothic metal can take a number of different forms and Paradise Lost's style is one that remains closest to its roots in doom and traditional heavy metal. As on Icon (1993), frontman Nick Holmes has now left behind any traces of growling vocals in the band's style and sings cleanly in a style that is actually not that unlike that of Metallica's James Hetfield. I've seen some describe the band as being like a meeting of that band with Black Sabbath. That's kind of accurate but only the bare bones of what they and Draconian Times actually sound like. This album has a quite polished and melodic sound but it's also dark and melancholy. There's still an element of the doom metal roots, but it'll be a long while again before Paradise Lost could be considered an actual doom metal band.

The songs themselves tend toward being catchy, memorable numbers that all easily number among the best that Paradise Lost has ever recorded. There are some clear highlights such as Hallowed Land, which features excellent use of piano and Forever Failure, which includes some spoken word samples from Charles Manson. They've a very good band at making their individual songs stand out as unique entities instead of just being part of a greater whole and Draconian Times is undeniably the best collection they ever put together, each one of them having claims to being a standout in its own right. I think it is maybe fair to say that the songs on the first half of the album have become a bit more well known, but the quality in the second half really isn't that different.

Although I've listened to gothic metal on and off for years and even had a couple of other Paradise Lost albums a bit longer than this one, it was Draconian Times that really sold me on the kind of quality that the genre has to offer when the band is a cut above the rest of the pack. Draconian Times is the kind of album that not only lives up to its hype. But also converted this previously sceptical listener into both a fan of the band and someone who now wants to active investigate other gothic metal bands.

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