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Paradise Lost

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Halifax, United Kingdom (1988 – present)

Paradise Lost (formed in 1988 in Halifax, UK) began as one of the premier bands of the genre (along with their former Peaceville labelmates Anathema and My Dying Bride) and pioneered the sound of early . In the late 1990s they evolved to a more mainstream style, only to come full-circle back to their and roots on recent releases.

Ironically, the band is almost unknown in their home country, whereas in mainland Europe they have been extremely popular for many years, especially in Greece, Germany and Bulgaria, where they are regarded as mainstream rock stars. Although they are best known 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 for fear of stagnation.

For instance, vocalist Nick Holmes used a muddy sounding grunt-style of singing in the band’s early duration - “Lost Paradise” (1990) and “Gothic” (1991); upon the release of “Shades of God” (1992), “Icon” (1993) and “Draconian Times” (1995), he refined his voice to a cleaner tone almost akin to James Hetfield of Metallica; and on “One Second” (1997), which was distributed by hip hop label Jive Records, the band experimented with Depeche Mode-styled synthpop and electronica, a style they would develop even further on “Host” (1999).

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  • Hotspur54

    The melodic guitar solo on "An Eternity Of Lies" is so enjoyable! Great record, good job Paradise Lost!

    26 Jul 9:15pm Reply
  • placerej

    The Plague Within is amazing! [16]

    25 Jul 6:28am Reply
  • villemo29

    The Plague Within is amazing! [15]

    22 Jul 5:23am Reply
  • ish_

    Castle Party 2015 shots: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.760824130697321.1073741951.222660491180357&type=3

    21 Jul 10:47am Reply
  • Gosha96

    It was a fucking good show yesterday in Poland!

    19 Jul 5:39pm Reply
  • Ufasas

    Good old PL is back and back so fucking strong i can't even! This album is too gooooood, too powerfullll, to relevant to nowadays, just superior doom metal, so perfect

    15 Jul 5:53pm Reply
  • Metalium66

    The Plague Within is amazing! [14]

    15 Jul 2:52pm Reply
  • tanysik777

    "Сто лет уже не слушал Paradise Lost, и столько же бы не слушал, если бы они не выпустили новый альбом. Пластинка, которую я сегодня буду обозревать, называется The Plague Within, в ее состав вошло всего 10 задумчивых песен разного толка и настроения, начиная с мелодически забойной “No Hope In Sight”, которая несказанно радует своим вступлением, окруженным перегруженными гитарами и классным бриджем и вокалом, что своей хрипотой тронул мое сердце, и заканчивая уныляками вроде “Sacrifice The Flame” или “Beneath Broken Earth”, которую слушать в тягость, словно бы ты оказался на похоронах какого-то забытого человечеством Брэда Ди. Но не будем о грустном, хоть сама пластинка и исполнена в минорном ключе. Альбом сам по себе многообразен, хотя наверно не все это заметят, но я старался вслушиваться в каждую отдельную партию, поэтому примечал некоторые особенности в музыкальном потоке, как скажем...” "http://rock-review.ru/reviews/18258-paradise-lost-the-plague-within.html

    1 Jul 2:27pm Reply
  • KellemxD

    The Plague Within is amazing! [13]

    30 Jun 4:16pm Reply
  • Lysander

    Kendoji, I feel exactly the same, except I was more from the Icon/DT stage. Still, this album does what I never expected it to do: take me right back while still retaining a modern relevance. It's like the second coming of PL.

    29 Jun 9:23pm Reply
  • Kendoji

    Having grown up with Lost Paradise and Gothic as two of the most meaningful albums of my youth, I'm stunned by the new album and the fact that it recaptures a little of that old magic. Wonderful album.

    29 Jun 7:41pm Reply
  • Sikuretho

    The Plague Within is amazing! [12]

    29 Jun 7:25pm Reply
  • franni666

    last album is completely rubbish

    28 Jun 6:16pm Reply
  • Noohmsul

    The Plague Within is amazing! [11]

    26 Jun 6:39pm Reply
  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at metal4.de. "The Plague Within" gets 7 out of 10! http://www.metal4.de/review/paradise-lost-the-plague-within/

    25 Jun 8:08pm Reply
  • labidamees

    One of the best albums Paradise Lost ever made. And for sure one of the best in this year.

    23 Jun 12:55pm Reply
  • Majesty_luna

    The Plague Within is amazing! [10]

    21 Jun 1:08am Reply
  • tntmk

    The Plague Within is amazing! [9]

    19 Jun 6:39pm Reply
  • Pheneks

    Okay, this new album is really good.

    17 Jun 11:08pm Reply
  • Worm-Infested

    new album is a contender for my top 3 already... Leprous is doing great work there too.

    16 Jun 10:13pm Reply
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