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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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  • Profoundemonium

    To me it's strange how Draconian Times is always praised so highly. It lacks the bleakness and aggression of previous works but doesn't fully transition into the band's synth rock phase. It's like an awkward brew of the two with recurring song patterns and some rather uninspired lyrics. I still mostly enjoy the release but there are much better albums to choose from. Even Host is more refined and better written overall. I doubt I'll get many agreements on that one though...

    7 hours ago Reply
  • octopuss22

    http://www.last.fm/music/Paradise+Lost/+images/103156253 Brand new picture, vote up, guys. Oh, boy, the news about the upcoming album are great. Can't wait.

    26 Jan 3:12pm Reply
  • whereloversrot

    New symphonic doom act from the US influenced by My Dying Bride, Draconian, Nightwish, Saturnus and others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-8QUa3fCvU

    20 Jan 8:31am Reply
  • adriaan_gtr2

    Draconian Times is so fucking great! [4]

    20 Jan 12:41am Reply
  • Evil_Deed

    Draconian Times is so fucking great! [3]

    11 Jan 6:39pm Reply
  • ArrTheMesia

    The Plague Within!

    6 Jan 4:42pm Reply
  • Hail-Santa

    I know roughly when the album's set to come out, as I interviewed Nick a couple of weeks back. The interview should be online tomorrow.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • core_tz

    Gosha96: probably in march next year.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    oh and I never heard anything past Host (1999) so I don't know or much care what they sound like now. you will have to find out those on your own. it looks like there have been 7 albums since then.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    @chaosweaver666 my favorite album - Lost Paradise has heavy death metal guitar tone with dark & heavy riffs, the vocals are fairly typical death metal growls, w/ dark & horror-centered lyrics. album 2, Gothic, is basically the same vocal style, with slightly softer guitars, more melodic flourishes, more female vocals, & the lyrics are still dark and regard death and dying, but are not horror-based. album 3 Shades Of God shows the very beginning of the softer style(everything gets softer, lyrics are more about loss)which they reach by album 5. album 4 Icon continues to get closer to Metallica's sound (Black album), especially where the vocals are concerned. By album 5 Draconian Times, they blatantly and flamboyantly show their soft side, and it just gets softer from there on, lyrics are mostly focused on relationship-caused depression. Also their first demos (released as Drown in Darkness) are interesting to hear because of how drastically different it is from their debut album.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Gosha96

    does anybody know when they will be releasing another album?

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • streichhholz

    идеальная музыка для СТРАДАНИЙ

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Ninny

    Gothic

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Szpila_13

    Draconian Times is so fucking great! [2]

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • 40belowsummer

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    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Shannonline

    my favs are draconian times and host, but that is coming from someone that isn't a huge metal fan so :P Icon and shades of god are also great.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • KamelotFan10

    Icon is their best album.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Chaosweaver666

    which is their best album ..... i mean to get into the band

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ImpotentGod

    @magda-333: Not only alive, they are recording a new album!

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • magda-333

    Wow they're still alive...?

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
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