1991 - Gothic.
1997 - One Second.
2001 - Believe In Nothing.
Référence croisée Helter Skelter.

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 counterculture. 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

July 15, 1997 - 2022: 25 years of: One Second.

A Brit-pop mutation.

While American-metal was under the gun during the post-grunge era, Europe also applied some changes to the stagnant format. After the commercial success of 1995's metal-giant Draconian Times CD, England's best unit had a meeting ...with their hair-dressers.

The title-track "One Second" swallows you up and sets the mood to dark in an instant. The drum-pattern and piano back-drop comes back on the leading-single "Say Just Words". Less metal-guitars and more rock-guitars, the vibe breathes morbid moods on "Another Day", the epic "Disappear" and the dearly / deadly "Lydia".

Rocking to a new tone on "Blood Of Another" and some shades of lite-thrashmetal makes a cameo on "Soul Courageous". The record shines where no life dwells with the intricate "Mercy" and spine-chilling "This Cold Life".

All G.Q. kidding aside, during the late-90s the 80s metal-hairdo was now accessory and not mandatory. Plus the rich posh deep rock / mood rock music was the focal point of this great 90º exhibition, as PARADISE LOST were now a full fledge dark / rock band.

This eerie evolution would again take another turn with 1999's dark-pop EMI-approved Host CD.

Say Just Words = video
One Second = full CD
Interview in Leipzig in 1997
Live in London in 1998
Review 2017
One Second live in 2021

February 26, 2001 - 2021: 20 years of: Believe In Nothing.

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 metal-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 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

Référence croisée Helter Skelter:

Death-Metal EU 1991


Death-Metal 1988-92

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