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  • Thirteen albums into Paradise Lost's 20+ year career, namedropping is pointless. The only band they can and should be held up against for comparison and consideration is Paradise Lost.

    With a career dating back to 1988, and their official recording debut in 1990 (Lost Paradise), the band has been riding and rollercoaster of highs and lows that began in earnest with their fourth album, Icon, in 1993. It presentedParadise Lost as a band that had more to offer beyond their established doom-death metal sound, driving the point home in 1995 with Draconian Times, an album that is considered to be a goth metal benchmark to this very day. That they would follow their international breakthrough with a slide into the realms of electronica only two years later (One Second) boggled the collective mind of Paradise Lost’s devout fanbase, yet their new direction earned a following of its own. The band made a gradual return to the swamp that spawned them, however, beginning with 2002’s Symbol Of Life. Elements of their favoured doom-goth sound grew consistently darker and louder with each album that followed, and each time the curiosity as to how far Paradise Lost would take this comeback grew.

    It’s fair to say the band’s new outing, Tragic Idol, is the album fans of theIcon and Draconian Times era have been waiting on the edge of their seats for.

    Recorded at The Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England, with vocals laid down at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden and produced, mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, BORKNAGAR), Tragic Idol is a no-holds-barred album that, according to guitarist Greg Mackintosh, was "influenced more by classic metal and classic doom metal than anything else." Lead-off track ‘Solitary One’ and the closing dirge of ‘The Glorious End’ echo this statement with their crushing doom approach, while the sledgehammer riffs of ‘Crucify’, ‘To The Darkness’ and ‘In This We Dwell’ draw Paradise Lost out of the goth realm, simultaneously pulling naysayers of the genre into the darkness. This is par for the entire course of Tragic Idol; for every plodding doom-oriented track there is a song loaded with traditional metal riffs and guitar leads, making it a feast for anyone who takes pleasure in being crushed by a wall of guitars.

    Vocalist Nick Holmes leads the charge, as always, singing his guts out rather than opting to growl and croon his way through the proceedings. In a day and age when gothic metal is often defined by how closely the vocalist can mimic the late and great Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE), Holmes attacks with a diversity and aggression that raises the bar for veteran would-be goth heroes and newcomers to the scene.

    Holmes’ lyrics have always been traditionally dark and introspective, andTragic Idol is no exception. There are no verses for the fantasy and folk metal set, no tales of boy-meets-girl; he chooses instead to focus on the depths of stark reality.

    "I wrote a lot about truth and honesty," says Holmes. "We've got a song called ‘Honesty In Death’, and (my) initial thoughts were about how humble death makes people, how insignificant little problems are. It makes you realize what’s really important in life."

    As for calling the album Tragic Idol, it’s the appropriate title for an album unleashed upon a modern day society that, in general, believes all that glitters is gold. The title track is a classic case of Paradise Lost putting life in perspective and pounding the message home:

    "It’s about the beauty and innocence of youth," Holmes says of ‘Tragic Idol’. "Worshipping another human being with an equal amount of susceptibility to pain, suffering and depression as the next person, but by some chance has been propelled into some godlike status. Adulation eats away and makes the person ugly on the inside, believing their self importance to be above others, not realizing their insignificance and irrelevance in the grand scheme of things."

    Tragic Idol as a whole isn’t merely Paradise Lost’s long-awaited return to form; it’s a soundtrack inspired by life, served up as a well-meant kick in the teeth.

    Nick Holmes - Vocals
    Greg Mackintosh - Lead Guitar
    Aaron Aedy - Rhythm Guitar
    Steve Edmondson - Bass
    Adrian Erlandsson - Drums

British gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost finish a tremendously successful year 2015 with a very special release that should excite the band’s global fanbase as much as the latest studio album, “The Plague Within”, released via CenturyMedia

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News Was Posted on: 4th November, 2015

Returning with opus number fourteen “The Plague Within” (released June 1st, 2015), PARADISE LOST are once again refining the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. It’s a collection of

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News Was Posted on: 21st April, 2015
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  • Symphony For The Lost
  • Symphony For The Lost

    Released : 2015
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    Track List
    1. Tragic Idol
    2. Last Regret
    3. Over The Madness
    4. Joys Of Emptiness
    5. Victim Of The Past
    6. Soul Courageous
    7. Gothic
    8. The Enemy
    9. Erased
    10. Isolate
    11. Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us
    12. As I Die
    13. One Second
    14. True Belief
    15. Say Just Words
    16. The Last Time
  • The Plague Within
  • The Plague Within

    Released : 2015
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    Track List
    1. No Hope in Sight
    2. Terminal
    3. An Eternity of Lies
    4. Punishment Through Time
    5. Beneath Broken Earth
    6. Sacrifice the Flame
    7. Victim of the Past
    8. Flesh From Bone
    9. Cry Out
    10. Return to the Sun
    11. Fear the Silence
    12. Never Look Away
    13. Victim of the Past (Orchestra Version)
    14. Your Own Reality
  • Tragic Idol
  • Tragic Idol

    Released : 2012
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    Track List
    1. Solitary One
    2. Crucify
    3. Fear Of Impending Hell
    4. Honesty In Death
    5. Theories From Another World
    6. In This We Dwell
    7. To The Darkness
    8. Tragic Idol
    9. Worth Fighting For
    10. The Glorious End
  • Draconian Times MMXI
  • Draconian Times MMXI

    Released : 2011
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    Track List
    1. Enchantment (live in London 2011)
    2. Hallowed Land (live in London 2011)
    3. The Last Time (live in London 2011)
    4. Forever Failure (live in London 2011)
    5. Once Solemn (live in London 2011)
    6. Shadowkings (live in London 2011)
    7. Elusive Cure (live in London 2011)
    8. Yearn For Change (live in London 2011)
    9. Shades Of God (live in London 2011)
    10. Hands Of Reason (live in London 2011)
    11. I See Your Face (live in London 2011)
    12. Jaded (live in London 2011)
    13. Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us (live in London 2011)
    14. The Rise Of Denial (lives in London 2011)
  • Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
  • Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us

    Released : 2009
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    Track List
    1. As Horizons End
    2. I Remain
    3. First Light
    4. Frailty
    5. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
    6. The Rise Of Denial
    7. Living With Scars
    8. Last Regret
    9. Universal Dream
    10. In Truth
    11. Cardinal Zero
  • Drown In Darkness - The Early Demos
  • Drown In Darkness - The Early Demos

    Released : 2009
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    Track List
    1. Drown In Darkness
    2. Internal Torment
    3. Morbid Existence
    4. Paradise Lost
    5. Internal Torment
    6. Frozen Illusion
    7. Internal Torment (live)
    8. Our Saviour (live)
    9. Plains Of Desolation (live)
    10. Drown In Darkness (live)
    11. Paradise Lost (live)
    12. Nuclear Abomination (live)
  • In Requiem
  • In Requiem

    Released : 2007
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    Track List
    1. Never For The Damned
    2. Ash & Debris
    3. The Enemy
    4. Praise Lamented Shade
    5. Requiem
    6. Unreachable
    7. Prelude To Descent
    8. Fallen Children
    9. Beneath Black Skies
    10. Sedative God
    11. Your Own Reality
  • Paradise Lost
  • Paradise Lost

    Released : 2005
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    Track List
    1. Don't Belong
    2. Close Your Eyes
    3. Grey
    4. Red Shift
    5. Forever After
    6. Sun Fading
    7. Laws Of Cause
    8. All You Leave Behind
    9. Accept The Pain
    10. Shine
    11. Spirit
    12. Over The Madness
  • Symbol Of Life
  • Symbol Of Life

    Released : 2002
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    Track List
    1. Isolate
    2. Erased
    3. Two Worlds
    4. Pray Nightfall
    5. Primal
    6. Perfect Mask
    7. Mystify
    8. No Celebration
    9. Self Obsessed
    10. Symbol Of Life
    11. Channel For The Pain
    12. Xavier
    13. Small Town Boy
  • Reflection
  • Reflection

    Released : 1998
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    Track List
    1. Say Just Words
    2. Hallowed Land
    3. True Belief
    4. Pity The Sadness
    5. Eternal
    6. Forever Failure
    7. Gothic
    8. One Second
    9. Rotting Misery
    10. The Last Time
    11. Mercy
    12. Widow
    13. Embers Fire
    14. As I Die
    15. Soul Courageous - Live
    16. Blood Of Another - Live
    17. As I Die - Live
  • One Second
  • One Second

    Released : 1997
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    Track List
    1. One Second
    2. Say Just Words
    3. Lydia
    4. Mercy
    5. Soul Courageous
    6. Another Day
    7. The Sufferer
    8. This Cold Life
    9. Blood Of Another
    10. Disappear
    11. Sane
    12. Take Me Down
    13. How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths Bonus Track
    14. Albino Flogged In Black - Bonus Track
  • Draconian Times
  • Draconian Times

    Released : 1995
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    Track List
    1. Enchantment
    2. Hallowed Land
    3. The Last Time
    4. Forever Failure
    5. Once Solemn
    6. Shadowkings
    7. Elusive Cure
    8. Yearn For Change
    9. Shades Of God
    10. Hands Of Reason
    11. I See Your Face
    12. Jaded
  • Icon
  • Icon

    Released : 1993
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    Track List
    1. Embers Fire
    2. Remembrance
    3. Forging Sympathy
    4. Joys Of The Emptiness
    5. Dying Freedom
    6. Widow
    7. Colossal Rains
    8. Weeping Words
    9. Poison
    10. True Belief
    11. Shallow Seasons
    12. Christendom
    13. Deus Misereatur
    14. Sweetness - Bonus Track
    15. Your Hand In Mine - Live Bonus Track
  • Shades Of God
  • Shades Of God

    Released : 1992
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    Track List
    1. Mortals Watch the Day
    2. Crying For Eternity
    3. Embraced
    4. Daylight Torn
    5. Pity The Sadness
    6. No Forgiveness
    7. Your Hand In Mine
    8. The World Made Flesh
    9. As I Die
    10. Rape Of Virtue - Bonus Track
    11. Death Walks Behind You (Atomic Rooster) - Bonus Track
  • Gothic
  • Gothic

    Released : 1991
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    Track List
    1. Gothic
    2. Dead Emotion
    3. Shattered
    4. Rapture
    5. Eternal
    6. Falling Forever
    7. Angel Tears
    8. Silent
    9. The Painless
    10. Desolate
    11. Rotting Misery (Doom Dub)
    12. Breeding Fear (Demolition Dub)
  • Lost Paradise
  • Lost Paradise

    Released : 1990
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    Track List
    1. Intro
    2. Deadly Inner Sense
    3. Paradise Lost
    4. Our Saviour
    5. Rotting Misery
    6. Frozen Illusion
    7. Breeding Fear
    8. Lost Paradise
    9. Internal Torment II
    10. Eternal (Live)
    11. Gothic (Mix)
    12. The Painless (Mix)

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