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'Tragic Idol'
(Century Media)
Release Date: 24th April 2012

Daryl Soar

daryl soar

I like this album. It has all the trademark sounds: simple guitar melodies, the kind you can kid yourself you could do better; straight chugging power chords and crunchy rhythms and vocals as easy as falling off a log. The key to this band's success has always been musical simplicity.

paradise lost tragic idol

No one survives a midlife crisis unchanged and after almost 25 years in the business, the same is true for Paradise Lost. Having returned to their sullen roots, I have to say, the results are all the better for it. The music has a slightly broader palate and depth to it that will appeal to more than just gothic personalities. By the end of the third track they've delivered a little of something new, old, and a fantastic guitar riff that sounds quintessentially like themselves. Even Nick Holmes' vocals have verged on getting excited and given us some lovely soft sung melodies.

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'Fear Of Impending Hell' is the first stand out track giving us sing along moments while combining classic riffing with dashes of that richer palette to spice things up. For those looking for something altogether more draconian, tracks 8 and 9 are as good it gets.

'Tragic Idol' and 'Worth Fighting For' both enjoy deep moody rumbling vocals that stretch into tortuous growls, laid down over simple chugging power chords. It was almost enough to have me skipping to those tracks repeatedly. The album is made up of quality music and mature songwriting with enough self-confidence to stick to what they believe in.

'Tragic Idol' is a great offering for Paradise Lost fans and with catchy riffs and tempo changes, they may have found their second wind and start making new fans.

Check out the band's website for samples of all the songs on the album. It's well worth dipping your hand in your pocket to treat yourself to a copy.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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