10 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Decades after first marrying ’80s goth-rock to Black Sabbath-style doom on their hugely influential early albums, venerable UK band Paradise Lost continue to explore new territory. On this 2015 set, they turn sharply toward grumbling black metal, coming off infuriated as much as somber. But cuts like “No Hope in Sight” incorporate the newfound growls into meticulous structures, while “Terminal” thrashes as hard as the band ever has. Yet “Victim of the Past” and “Return to the Sun” confirm again that few can beat them at rain-soaked, gothic depression.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Decades after first marrying ’80s goth-rock to Black Sabbath-style doom on their hugely influential early albums, venerable UK band Paradise Lost continue to explore new territory. On this 2015 set, they turn sharply toward grumbling black metal, coming off infuriated as much as somber. But cuts like “No Hope in Sight” incorporate the newfound growls into meticulous structures, while “Terminal” thrashes as hard as the band ever has. Yet “Victim of the Past” and “Return to the Sun” confirm again that few can beat them at rain-soaked, gothic depression.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

MetalQuest5 ,

Wow!

Just found this band a few days ago, listened to their old stuff and then this new album and I had to buy the new album. This style they went into is Fantastic! Dark, Heavy, and Awesome solos!

Death Doom & Thrash Metal Head ,

Best album yet

This band reminds me of myself, start hard metal, venture off to new adventures and return harder than before. Let’s hope they continue down this dark but beautiful path~

SPIKE.... ,

Great

This album is a great mix of all styles Paradise Lost incorporates into their music. There is some melodic death metal, doom metal, gothic metal, and just plain METAL. This album is a lot heavier than their past few albums, which is a good thing at a time when older bands like In Flames are softening their music to garner more mainstream appeal. The production is a little more raw as well, giving the album a very heavy feeling, and also conveying the emotion that went into writing the songs without burying it under needless layers of electronic samples. There is also a lot of melody, with melodic, harmonized interludes and solo's, as well as some great clean choruses that are very memorable. "Return to the Sun" is my favorite song on the album, and it is a good example of incorporating every style into one song. I would say that this album is their best, most well rounded album to date, and it should please everyone in one way or another.

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