March 19, 1991 - 2021: 30 years of: Gothic.
Hail the United Kingdom !
Once again, this rebel island supplies the evil goods. Decades after the dark cloud of BLACK SABBATH, some blokes from Halifax spearheaded another type of metallic-revolution.
Not mere heavymetal, but more precisely: dark-melodic-doom-death-metal. A fine calculated mix of said BLACK SABBATH, with US legends PENTAGRAM and the almighty Swedish gods of CANDLEMASS.
"Gothic" opens the celebrations, a mid-pace and following epic mid-part orchestrated breakdown featuring female chants crescendos. The punchier "Falling Forever" and "Silent" takes a page of traditional deathmetal, but with a guttural dungeon-twist.
Another shade of death is found on "Dead Emotion" a heavyrock-track with another church-like off-set mid-part. Pure and horrific. The closing track "Desolate" could be featured on any John Carpenter classics. A keyboard and effect outro that send chills and beautiful despair.
The united forces steps-up with album #2 and not only crafts uniqueness in darkness, but leads the ways for another British counter-culture. Decades after the rock-revolution of the 60s and diametrically aside from the grindcore scene of the late 80s, PARADISE LOST, along ANATHEMA and MY DYING BRIDE became the English-trio of doom-deathmetal that would dictate sadness in the early 90s.
Gothic, the first word in the new gothicmetal branch. This record is a monument in this new sub-genre, not only by it's vibe and morbid-tones, but it would also catapult the band into a darkmetal/darkrock signature with the upcoming 1992's Shades Of God and chart-topping 1993's monstrous Icon CD.
Search into the dictionary for "gloom" and "sorrow" ...surely you'll find a PARADISE LOST band-picture.
Gothic = Full CD
Interview in 1991
Live in 1991
Live in 2016
February 26, 2001 - 2021: 20 years of: Believe In Nothing.
The darkest side of Brit-pop ...our hosts bites back !
Northern England's premier darkmetal merchants rode thru the 90s with high achievements, until 1997's One Second CD devolution. After a major-label signing, the 90° non-metal electro-pop release of 1999's Host CD once again, caught us all off-guard.
The road to rock-recovery is a long hard journey and 2001's Believe In Nothing CD is a step towards, or inwards, inside the band's evident inner blackness-filled soul.
The "Mouth" single is a strong statement of redemption. A groovy morbid tale with incisive hooks, from the writers that brought us the "As I die" and "Forever Failure" classics. More dark synth melodies are displayed on "Illumination", a cold and hazy lullaby.
The pop-pattern and post-alternative is still present on "Fader", yet in a more melancholic way. Extra heaviness-point for "Look At Me Now" and "Control", whereas the crushing "Sell It To The World" is a track that could've been a dance-floor hit.
Still GQ and still released on EMI at the height of the Napster-controversy, this record is a parallel with the ever changing landscape in the then rock-world, on both sides of the Atlantic. While away from the metal-elements, this particular era gave the band more headroom for artistic / theatric expression, one that hadn't been explored in the past.
Surfing on the melodic-metal wave of the new millennium, they would return to their heavier roots and bite again with more grit on 2002's Symbol Of Life and 2005's Paradise Lost CDs.
Mouth = video
Fader = video
Believe In Nothing = full CD
Interview in Finland in 2001
Live in Hamburg in 2001
In retrospect in 2018
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