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 4.24 | 32 ratings
Gothic
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 4.20 | 40 ratings
Icon
Gothic Metal 1993
PARADISE LOST Draconian Times album cover 4.35 | 41 ratings
Draconian Times
Gothic Metal 1995
PARADISE LOST One Second album cover 3.81 | 30 ratings
One Second
Gothic Metal 1997
PARADISE LOST Host album cover 3.13 | 21 ratings
Host
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 4.08 | 19 ratings
The Plague Within
Doom Metal 2015
PARADISE LOST Medusa album cover 4.38 | 18 ratings
Medusa
Death-Doom Metal 2017
PARADISE LOST Obsidian album cover 4.72 | 9 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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The UK's Paradise Lost is a band that is no stranger to change. One might argue they've made their career on it. They went from humble death-doom metal beginnings to gothic metal superstars across their first five albums. Next they descended into gothic rock and electronic territory for One Second (1997) and Host (1999) respectively. Even when metalling it up again with Believe in Nothing (2001), they were now influenced by genres like alternative metal and industrial metal. Then Paradise Lost started to come full circle, shedding these elements by the time of In Requiem (2007), which saw them back in the frame of doomy gothic metal. Then the doom metal started coming to the fore all the more. Then back came the growling vocals of their early days for the first time in years for The Plague Within (2015) and then finally with Medusa (2017), Paradise Lost released their first death-doom metal album since 1991's Gothic. So what could Obsidian (2020), their sixteenth studio album, possibly be?

The answer is an album that could easily be described as a summary of everything that has made Paradise Lost the special band that they are. The most gothic metal they've been since Tragic Idol (2012), yet Obsidian doesn't again retire Nick Holmes' growling vocals with it, instead leaving us with something that may be what classic albums like Icon (1993) and fan favourite Draconian Times (1995) might have sounded like if Nick had never stopped growling in the first place. That alone makes Obsidian another rather unique entry in the Paradise Lost discography. There are certainly also some nods to their more gothic rock based material.

While it's true that some may be disappointed that the return to death-doom metal has already been largely moved on from – the most Medusa-like track featured here is the closing Ravenghast and fans of that album are recommended to get a version of the album with the bonus tracks for more similar material – I find myself impressed by the ability of Paradise Lost to not make direct copies of their previous album's sound very often. Even when two consecutive albums like Icon and Draconian Times are similar in style, it's always just the two albums before the band is changing things up with their influences again and there's very few artists that's true of. And with Obsidian they prove they can still surprise – a band that thirty years on from their debut, remains just as relevant and never derivative of themselves.

The song selection is also strong, not that this is an area that Paradise Lost usually has any trouble with. They've long proven their knack for making the individual track standout from the rest of the album. And once again, they've managed to make a release I know I'll be listening to many times over and will go down as a favourite for 2020.

PARADISE LOST Draconian Times

Album · 1995 · Gothic Metal
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UMUR
"Draconian Times" is the 5th full-length studio album by UK doom/goth metal act Paradise Lost. The album was released through Music for Nations in June 1995. Since the release of "Icon (1993)" there´s been one lineup change as drummer Matthew Archer was asked to leave after the tour supporting the album. The band didn´t feel Archer had grown as a musician with the same speed as the rest of the band, and they felt he held them back. New drummer on "Draconian Times" is Lee Morris who came from a stint with British heavy/power metal act Marshall Law.

Stylistically "Draconian Times" is very much a sibling album to "Icon (1993)". Paradise Lost enjoyed great success with "Icon (1993)" and "Draconian Times" feels a bit like the band didn´t want to deviate too much from that successful formula. So it´s basically doom metal with goth rock leanings. Heavy sustained chords with soaring lead themes on top and a heavy- to mid-paced rhythm section backing it up. Piano/keyboards are used a bit more on this album compared to earlier releases. Nick Holmes have obviously become a bit more confident singing instead of just shouting in key, as he predominantly did on "Icon (1993)", so the vocal department of "Draconian Times" is slightly more varied than on the predecessor. The goth rock influence is overall also much stronger on "Draconian Times" than it was on "Icon (1993)". "The Last Time" even fully crosses into goth rock/metal territory.

The material on the 12 track, 48:55 minutes long album are generally well written, although not all tracks stand out equally much. To my ears highlights include "Hallowed Land", "The Last Time", "Forever Failure" (which features some pretty eerie voice samples of Charles Manson), and "Shadowkings". "Draconian Times" features a melancholic atmosphere, which is one of the great assets of the band´s sound, and Paradise Lost successfully combine the heavy gloomy tracks with slightly more uplifting and hard rocking up-tempo tracks like "The Last Time" and "Once Solemn".

The sound production is powerful, clear, and detailed. A little less heavy than the sound on the predecessor, but still pretty heavy. Upon conclusion "Draconian Times" is a quality release by Paradise Lost, which feels like a natural successor to "Icon (1993)". The band haven´t taken longer steps than they were ready to, but have still developed their sound in a slightly less heavy and more rock oriented direction. I wouldn´t call "Draconian Times" a perfect release as there are simply too many unremarkable tracks featured on the album, but that´s no different from the material featured on "Icon (1993)", so no surprises there. It´s still a good quality release through and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

PARADISE LOST Icon

Album · 1993 · Gothic Metal
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"Icon" is the 4th full-length studio album by UK doom/goth metal act Paradise Lost. The album was released through Music For Nations in September 1993. It´s the successor to "Shades of God" from 1992, and the last album to feature the original lineup, as drummer Matthew Archer was asked to leave after the tour supporting the album. The band didn´t feel Archer had grown as a musician with the same speed as the rest of the band, and they felt he held them back. "Icon" was Paradise Lost commercial breakthrough and it sold relatively many copies considering the music style, which may be a good deal less harsh than what the three predecessors offered, but still is relatively heavy and hard edged compared to more mainstream oriented metal releases.

Stylistically the music on "Icon" is doom metal with goth metal leanings. It´s predominantly slow- to mid-paced, but there are a couple of faster sections too (relatively faster that is...). Lead vocalist Nick Holmes had already begun changing his deep and commanding growling vocal style to a more shouting raw vocal style on "Shades of God (1992)", but on "Icon" he adds a more melodic twist to it, and generally sings less raw too. I´ve seen him describing his vocal style on "Icon" as "shouting in key" and I guess that´s not the worst way of describing it. He occasionally uses a deeper goth rock type singing style too, which adds some variation to the vocal department of the music. In addition to Nick Holmes vocal contributions, the "Christendom" track also features female vocals by Denise Bernard, but Paradise Lost of course already went down that route on "Gothic (1991)", so it´s really nothing new, but it´s great for the variation of the album. The instrumental part of the music is basically sustained heavy chords with soaring lead themes on top, and a heavy rhythm section to back it up. Some keyboards have been added to the music, but they are generally used as tasteful atmosphere enhancing backing.

The material on the 13 track, 50:32 minutes long album are generally well written although not all tracks are equally memorable. Highlights and standout tracks are "Embers Fire", "Remembrance", "Forging Sympathy", "Colossal Rains", "True Belief", "Christendom", and the closing instrumental "Deus Misereatur". To my ears the album features a couple of tracks too much, and it´s seldom my attention doesn´t wander about half way through the album, because some of the less interesting tracks just don´t stick. It all becomes just a bit too one-dimensional in the end. It´s nothing too serious though, and "Icon" is still a quality release in most departments, but the tracklist definitely could have prospered from a culling of filler material.

The musicianship is generally on a good level, but there is a reason why Archer was fired. His drumming is unimaginative and stiff. He has zero groove and therefore the music also lacks an organic groove, which could probably have lifted it to a higher level. "Icon" features a clear and powerful sound production, which suits the music perfectly, and despite a few issues regarding the songwriting and the drumming, the album is still a good quality release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

PARADISE LOST Tragic Idol

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.

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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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