Paradise Lost (band)

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Paradise Lost
Metalmania 2007 - Paradise Lost 01.jpg
Paradise Lost live in 2007 with former drummer Jeff Singer.
Background information
Origin Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Genres Doom metal,[1] death/doom (early),[2] synthpop, electronic rock (middle era), gothic metal[3]
Years active 1988–present
Labels Century Media, Music for Nations, Koch, GUN, Peaceville, EMI Electrola, Metal Blade
Associated acts Vallenfyre, Bloodbath, The Haunted, At the Gates, Cradle of Filth, Blaze, Kill II This
Website www.paradiselost.co.uk
Members Nick Holmes
Gregor Mackintosh
Aaron Aedy
Steve Edmondson
Adrian Erlandsson
Past members Matthew Archer
Lee Morris
Jeff Singer

Paradise Lost are a gothic metal band that formed in 1988 in Halifax, England. The band's 1991 album, Gothic, was a seminal album in the doom/death genre. Paradise Lost gradually polished its sound during the mid-90s and started incorporating electronic instrumentation beginning with their 1997 album, One Second.[4] With 2002's Symbol of Life, Paradise Lost diminished its use of electronic elements in favour of a return to a guitar-oriented approach.[5] Paradise Lost has proven to be influential, with Jonas Renkse of Katatonia saying that his band started off "as Paradise Lost fanboys".[6]

Their line-up has remained stable for such a long-standing heavy metal band, consisting of singer Nick Holmes, guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy, and bassist Steve Edmondson. Holmes and Mackintosh are the principal composers, with almost all of the band's songs credited to them. During the years, the band has only changed drummers.

History[edit]

Lost Paradise[edit]

Early on, Paradise Lost were inspired by Black Sabbath, Kreator, Celtic Frost, Candlemass, Death, Morbid Angel, and Repulsion.[7] Up to 1989, the band recorded demo cassettes, then signed with Peaceville Records for their first album (recorded at The Academy), Lost Paradise.[8] Their debut was well received by press and fans alike.[7] This album following the next few are examples of the death/doom style.

Gothic[edit]

In November 1990, Paradise Lost went back to The Academy to work on the second album. 1991's Gothic (also on Peaceville) was the band's stylistic breakthrough which incorporated some melodic and gothic elements,[9] eventually becoming an influential album within the extreme metal circles. The album was labeled a "classic" and was rated highly by both fans and critics.[10] The album expanded beyond the original death/doom format by being more melodic and featuring symphonic orchestra and female vocals by Sarah Marrion.[8] With this album the band pushed "gothic" into the metal scene and started a new genre - gothic metal.

Shades of God[edit]

Paradise Lost was signed to the Music for Nations label, and in July 1992 released Shades Of God.[9] The album contained the song "As I Die," later released as a single/EP. In accordance with the change in musical approach, vocalist Nick Holmes changed his singing style. He used a death grunt on the band's first three albums, but on Icon refined his voice to have a cleaner tone.

Icon[edit]

In summer 1993, the band commenced work on their fourth album, Icon which was released on September in the same year. The album hit the German charts at number 31,[8] It solidified the band's position in the mainstream metal scene.[10] With the release of this album, Paradise Lost also became known as pioneers of the gothic metal subgenre.[11]

Draconian Times[edit]

Original member Matthew Archer quit and was replaced by ex-Marshall Law drummer Lee Morris in December 1994. Quickly after, the band began to record demos for their 5th studio album, Draconian Times, one of the band's most successful albums and then released it, which came in June 1995; a limited edition digipack offered a second disc, dubbed "Live Tracks, Demos & B-Sides," with five live recordings as well as demos and out takes. To promote the album, Paradise Lost went on a tour through Europe, South America, Australia, and Japan.

Paradise Lost at Kavarna Rock Fest 2011.

One Second[edit]

On the album One Second (1997), the band began to experiment with Depeche Mode-esque synthpop and electronica.[12] The album turned out to be one of the band's most important releases, cracking the German and Swedish top ten charts and giving the band a boost in popularity everywhere, it seemed — except the UK.[8]

Host[edit]

The band later contracted EMI Electrola in Germany for its next album, Host, released in 1999, on which they continued to experiment with new sounds, appearing to shed their metal roots.[13]

Believe in Nothing[edit]

On the next album, Believe in Nothing (2001), Paradise Lost continued the synth direction, but adding rock elements to the music, forcibly by EMI at the time. Due to the creativity control, Mackintosh said that the album "doesn't really exist for him".

Symbol of Life[edit]

In May 2002, the band signed to GUN records, and on the album that followed, Symbol of Life, the metallic roots of the band began to resurface.[12] The band managed to get guests like Devin Townsend, Jamie Muhoberac and Lee Dorrian on the record.

Paradise Lost[edit]

In March 2004, Morris left the band. Jeff Singer took Morris' place and has played on a few subsequent releases.

Paradise Lost released their tenth, eponymous album in 2005 on GUN records.

In Requiem[edit]

The eleventh album, In Requiem, was released in Spring 2007 on Century Media;[14] it was generally well-accepted and highly rated by both critics and fans, pleased to see the band returning to their heavier, gothic metal sound similar to that of earlier albums like Draconian Times.[11][15] The full-length was preceded by a single, "The Enemy" and on the single, Singer was finally listed as a permanent band member. In a recent video interview, Mackintosh and Holmes revealed that Singer had already auditioned for the band when Archer left, but they chose Morris instead because "[Singer] had a pink drumkit".[16]

In November 2007, Century Media released the DVD Over The Madness, which documents the impact Paradise Lost has had on gothic metal and provides insight into the mindset and workings of Paradise Lost. Disc 2 includes further interviews, rehearsal footage, plus backstage and memorabilia sections.[17]

On 13 August 2008, drummer Jeff Singer announced his departure from the band on the Paradise Lost official website. He wanted to be with his family, had an upcoming job, and the then-upcoming South American tour would interfere with that. As a result, Paradise Lost had to cancel the South American tour dates that they had planned.[18] Soon after, on 28 August 2008, the Paradise Lost official website announced that the cancelled South American tour has been reconfirmed[19] and that Mark Heron from Oceansize would take over on drums.

Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us[edit]

At the beginning of 2009, Paradise Lost recorded an album with producer Jens Bogren in Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. At the time there was no full-time replacement for Jeff Singer and drums were played by Swedish drummer Peter Damin.[20] On 16 March 2009, when recording for the album was already finished, the band recruited Adrian Erlandsson (ex-At the Gates, ex-Cradle of Filth) as a full-time drummer for the band.[21]

On 18 June 2009, Paradise Lost officially announced Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us as the title of their album to be released on Century Media Records on 25 September 2009 in Germany, on 28 September 2009 in the rest of Europe and on 6 October 2009 in the US.[22]

Paradise Lost headlined the Jägermeister Stage at Ozzfest 2010 on 18 September 2010.[23]

Tragic Idol[edit]

In late 2011, Paradise Lost began recording its 13th studio album Tragic Idol in The Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire. The album was released on 23 April 2012.[24][dated info]

Adrian Erlandsson was unable to play a few live shows for this album so the band got Jeff Singer again to fill in.

14th studio album[edit]

On 27 October 2013, it was announced that the writing for the next album will begin after their 25th anniversary tour and the recording to the album will start in June 2014.[25] A compilation album of b-sides titled Tragic Illusion was released on November 5, 2013.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Nick Holmes at Metalmania 2007 festival in Katowice, Poland.

Former members[edit]

  • Matthew Archer – drums (1988–1994)
  • Lee Morris - drums (1994–2004)
  • Jeff Singer - drums (2004–2008, occasional touring member 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014)

Session members[edit]

  • Milly Evans - touring guitar (1999, 2009–2010), touring keyboards and backing vocals (2011)
  • Mark Heron - touring drums (2008)
  • Peter Damin – studio drums (2009)

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Paradise Lost biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Lost Paradise review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  3. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Paradise Lost biography". MusicMight. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. One Second review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 8 June 2013.
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Symbol of Life review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 8 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Katatonia: Short Biography". Katatonia.com. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Alexander, Phil (1998). "On 'Reflection': 10 years of Paradise Lost". Reflection (CD booklet). Paradise Lost. London: Music for Nations. pp. 02–03. 
  8. ^ a b c d Paradise Lost: Unique, Detailed Biography, at Rockdetector[dead link]
  9. ^ a b Paradise Lost Biography, at allmusic.com
  10. ^ a b Paradise Lost Biog[dead link]
  11. ^ a b "Paradise Lost - In Requiem Review". Heavymetal.about.com. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  12. ^ a b "Transcending the Mundane: Metal at its Best!". Basementbar.com. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  13. ^ "Paradise Lost". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  14. ^ Paradise Lost on Century Media Records[dead link]
  15. ^ Blackie, Andrew. "Paradise Lost: In Requiem < Music". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  16. ^ Prod vidéo metal et production indépendante
  17. ^ "Double doc. DVD 'Over The Madness' for Paradise Lost". Side-line.com. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  18. ^ Paradise Lost Drummer Quits; South American Tour Cancelled blabbermouth.net. 2008-08-13. Retrieved on 2009-07-15.
  19. ^ Paradise Lost Not Cancelling South American Tour blabbermouth.net. 2008-09-09. Retrieved on 2009-07-15.
  20. ^ Paradise Lost Begins Recording New Album; Video Available blabbermouth.net. 2009-02-09. Retrieved on 2009-07-15.
  21. ^ Ex-Cradle Of Filth Drummer Adrian Erlandsson Joins Paradise Lost metalunderground.com. 2009-03-16. Retrieved on 2009-07-15.
  22. ^ Paradise Lost Reveals New Album Title metalunderground.com. 2009-06-18. Retrieved on 2009-07-15.
  23. ^ Paradise Lost To Headline 'Jägermeister' Stage At U.K. Ozzfest blabbermouth.net. 2010-08-10. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  24. ^ Paradise Lost Announce New Album for 2012 paradiselost.co.uk. 2011-11-28. Retrieved on 2011-11-29.
  25. ^ "Paradise Lost To Enter Studio In June". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-10-27. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 

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