||DUTCH MICHAELS' GIG OF THE WEEK
PARADISE LOST, KENTISH TOWN FORUM, 1st April 2011
Their first album sounded like Scottish rockers Heavy Pettin'. I thought it was quite good. Then a year later another dark influence took over (you never know what happens up in Leicester) and British doom/goth metal was born.
Paradise Lost are pleased to announce the re-release of their 1995 album 'Draconian Times', sixteen years since it first appeared in the charts.
Sony Music are re-releasing the colossal 'Draconian Times' through their Legacy series. This will feature the entire digitally re-mastered album including a 5.1 Dolby Surround mix in a brand-new collector's edition digi-pak box-set, so you can hear the album like never before!
Along with this release the band will be performing 'Draconian Times' live. Singer Nick Holmes said: "It's going to be amazing to play the 'Draconian Times' shows again. DT was a huge success for the band; it seemed to be exactly the right album to do at the right time and to a certain degree was definitely the end of a chapter for the band."
Well with age they now look the part and I am looking forward to hearing the new line-up at The HMV Forum, Kentish Town.
In 1989, the band signed to Peaceville Records and released their first album, 'Lost Paradise'. November 1990 saw them return to The Academy where there debut was recorded to start work on 'Gothic', their second album. This album proved to be what drew attention to the band as one of the leaders of the gothic metal sound. The album featured a symphonic orchestra and female lead vocals from Sarah Marrion.
Their next album came out in July 1992. 'Shades of God' contained the single 'As I Die', which has become an anthem for their fans. Their fourth album, 'Icon', was released in September 1993, and cemented their place in the mainstream metal scene.
'Draconian Times' was released in June 1995. This was to become one of their most successful releases and is considered a masterpiece in gothic metal. Paradise Lost tickets for the supporting tour sold well throughout Europe, South America, Australia and Japan.
In 1997, the band returned with a revamped look and sound - the album 'One Second' experimented with synths and electronica. Although this was considered a mistake by some of their older fans, it gained them legions of new ones and increased their popularity in Europe. Their next two albums, 'Host' (1999) and 'Believe In Nothing' (2001) continued down the synth/electronic route, but the latter incorporated a more rock sound.
In May 2002, they signed to G.U.N Records, and released 'Symbol of Life', returning to their Metal roots. Their next release was an eponymous album combining electronic and rock music but remaining well within the gothic Metal genre. Their eleventh album, 'In Requiem', was released in spring 2007. It marked a welcome return for their fans to a heavier sound, similar to that of 'Draconian Times'. 'The Enemy' was the first single from the album.
In August 2008, Jeff Singer left his role as drummer. This impacted the upcoming Paradise Lost tour, but Mark Heron took his place and the tour was rescheduled. In March 2009, after they had recorded their next album, 'Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us', Adrian Erlandsson joined as drummer. The band performed at Ozzfest 2010 with the new line-up.