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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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  • robboelrobbo

    Easily the best Paradise Lost to date. It's amazing. Nick's vocals are awesome.

    Yesterday 12:36am Reply
  • lf83

    I'm about to finish the new album and I think this is amazing. I never thought Paradise Lost would come up with such an album again.

    Yesterday 9:31pm Reply
  • BorgesMetal666

    New Album is amazing!

    Yesterday 8:42pm Reply
  • LINB_23

    Lol. This album has got death, doom, stoner, heavy and even black metal elements. Totally awesome!

    Yesterday 4:12pm Reply
  • TearOfMankind

    You seems reasonable, yet my favourite song from the album is Beyond Broken Earth. Can`t help it. But that`s just me, I love monotonny.

    Yesterday 3:16pm Reply
  • Borreh

    Can't stop listening to "Return To The Sun". Why most of the album couldn't be like this? It is dark, it's doomy, it has growls, but it also has great leads, excellent cleans and a rich, dynamic arrangement. I still hope Paradise Lost will, one day, stop trying so hard to be metal and just record a very good album for once.

    Yesterday 11:15am Reply
  • Borreh

    I'm very torn about the new album. I'm happy for a change of sound (The previous two albums were, for a lack of a better word, rather bland, save for a few exceptions), but Plague Within, while it has its share of awesome moments (Terminal, Punishment Through Time, Victim of the Past, or the absolutely epic closer Return To The Sun), is often simply dull and uninspired. Sure, it's heavy, the growling's back, no more Metallica ripoffs, but that doesn't make a good album. I can recall a ton of doomy droning in the middle of it, but can't make out a single good lead or a memorable melody. I don't know what happened with the great leads from Mackintosh - Last time I heard them was on "Paradise Lost", and a few songs after that. I also hate the way the orchestral arrangements are done on the album. They're just intros, nothing more, and feel tacked on and pointless. But metalheads will love it because its "heavy" again. Shame if you're in for interesting music rather than headbanging.

    Yesterday 10:54am Reply
  • M16A4

    I have to agree with 'the circle is done' part ^^

    31 May 11:13pm Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    excellent new album, 'the circle is done' !

    31 May 10:27pm Reply
  • TearOfMankind

    Yes, finally. This album shows that Nick is talented vocalist, unless he goes for Hetfield style.

    31 May 6:54pm Reply
  • neoxx07

    finally the hetfield vocals are gone forever. we need to celebrate this!

    31 May 3:00pm Reply
  • LuxusPL

    If this album would be released 20 years ago, now it would be a doom metal classic! Awesome album!

    31 May 9:56am Reply
  • Chazas

    Dark, heavy, however a little bit monotonous. It's great that they're coming back to their doomy roots - "In Requiem", "Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us", "Tragic Idol" we're fantastic. Each album had something unique, yet they managed to represent those classic epic moments and a wide spectrum of emotions as well. From raw anger to suicidal depression. Each solo of Mackintosh had soul. This album after few listens is a monogenic death injection. And that gets boring quite soon. I think more melodic moments would have highlighted the heavy parts. (for exampe like in "No Hope In Sight", "Sacrifice The Flame"). I like the singles. However, I'm not sure how I feel about the rest of the album. It's not bad I quess, though I've been expecting something flawless like their past 3 albums. Anyway, Bloodbath and Vallenfyre fans should be satisfied with "The Plague Within".

    30 May 10:47pm Reply
  • CydonianSoldier

    Repeating themselves? Come on. I can't see anything that sounds repeated. Even the doom riffs are new and different from the Gothic era. It's a great album and it surely can be their best. A lot of great atmospheres, the magnificent uses of orchestral arrangements, the guitar tone... Everything is on its places! And there is the stoner and death metal approaches on Cry Out and Flesh From Bone. If they are repeating theirselves doing things they've never done until now, there's something wrong.

    30 May 5:28pm Reply
  • Pogrebnik

    Great new album. Beneath broken earth, no hope in sight, cry out, terminal... Great songs. <3

    30 May 1:49pm Reply
  • savaman

    one of the best releases of the year ... very sick album

    29 May 9:45pm Reply
  • TearOfMankind

    Easily their best album. Gone are the Hetfield style vocals. Awesome.

    29 May 7:53pm Reply
  • witch_possessed

    New album is fucking awesome. its one of their best. also one of their doomiest

    29 May 6:05pm Reply
  • Mar_Sexx_669

    Good album but, being Paradise Lost one of my all time fav bands, I expected a lot more. The artworks are getting better and better, but not the songs. The Plague Within would be a masterpiece if done by a copycat act, but this is PL - repeating themselves for the first time since the early 90s. Maybe the band needs a drastic change like that one portraited in Host.

    29 May 5:37pm Reply
  • WWKI

    New album is great but not perfect

    29 May 2:52pm Reply
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