Rarities albums are by definition aimed at committed fans and are released most often to make some money without having to write new material or as a way to fulfill a label contract. Paradise Lost have released a couple of albums of new material comparatively recently so I think they can be forgiven for choosing the rarities collection route to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
As this will be bought mostly by committed fans the most important thing to look at is what's new. There is one brand new track in 'Loneliness Remains', an excellent slab of slow, doomy Metal harking back to their early days. Other than that there are re-recordings of 'Gothic' and 'Our Saviour', both of which sound fresh but still doom Metal in contrast to the more gothic electronic direction they took later in their career.
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Elsewhere this compilation gathers together all sorts of bonus tracks from limited edition versions of albums most of which sound pretty good really but this is still an album for the already converted. If you're looking to check out the band for the first time there are better places to start such as 'Draconian Times' or 'One Second'.
Verdict: Committed fans should check out the track listing below to decide if this is worth spending their money on although it seems to me they have gathered together a lot of rare stuff in one place. Must be very annoying if you bought all the limited edition albums though! It's certainly nothing like a best of but does show their 25 year career in a good light.
Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) track-listing:
1. Loneliness Remains*
2. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version) –taken from the ltd edition album 'Tragic Idol'
3. Ending Through Changes - taken from the ltd edition album 'Tragic Idol'
4. The Last Fallen Saviour - Tragic Idol 2012 Decibel Exclusive
5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix) - taken from the ltd edition album 'Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us'
6. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix) - taken from the ltd edition album 'Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us'
7. Cardinal Zero - Faith Devides Us - Death Unites Us - taken from the ltd edition album 'Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us' (Japan Edition)
8. Back On Disaster - Faith Devides Us - Death Unites Us – taken from the album 'Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us (Japan Edition)'
9. Sons Of Perdition – taken from the album 'In Requiem (Japan Edition)'
10. Godless - taken from the ltd 7" vinyl box 'In Requiem'
11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL cover version) - taken from the ltd edition 'album In Requiem'
12. Silent In Heart - taken from the ltd edition album' In Requiem'
13. Gothic 2013*
14. Our Saviour 2013