Paradise Lost

Rating: 89/100

Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen, March '05
Label: Gun Records
Style: We-have-rediscovered-guitars style

Paradise Lost

Although I like to think myself a faithful fan of Paradise Lost since the release of 1990’s “Lost Paradise”, even I couldn’t help being a bit disappointed with the two last efforts from the former doom metallers. Up until “Host”, each and every Paradise Lost album had been a new high for yours truly, but said album, “Believe In Nothing” and “Symbol Of Life” just didn’t cut it.

Now, high were my expectations for this new album as I’ve been reading in the metal press that PL had again found the guitars and down-tuned the Depeche Mode influences (not a bad word about Depeche Mode, but we already have one of those, we don’t need more of them).

And indeed, there is some truth to the rumours. The chunky riffs have found their way into Paradise Lost’s music again, and even though synths and melody still are given suitable space in the soundscape, the guitars are allowed to dominate in a way they haven’t done since “One Second”. I’d say that with songs like “Sun Fading”, “Laws Of Cause” and “Spirit” there are tiny but notable reminiscences of “Icon”, "Draconian Times”, and even of “Shades Of God” on the tune “Over The Madness”, a return I hadn’t expected from the lads. In fact, barring the first two doomy efforts, this album covers most of the sounds of the career of Paradise Lost, and for that alone it should be treasured.

Paradise Lost always purported that “fook you, we do what we want” attitude, and with this album you finally sense that they are also entirely comfortable with what they do. “Paradise Lost” is a varied mix of beats and sounds and brings together all the experiments of the past decade or so, plus the decidedly modern riffing of e.g. “Close Your Eyes”, allowing a following in both the metal camp and the more mainstream (whatever that means these days?) radio listening crowds.

Recommended: “Don’t Belong”, “Close Your Eyes”, “All You Leave Behind”, “Spirit” and “Getting Over The Madness”