Draconian Times

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Draconian Times
Paradise Lost Draconian Times.jpg
Studio album by Paradise Lost
Released 12 June 1995
Recorded Great Linford Manor and Ridge Farm Studios, England, January–March 1995
Genre Gothic metal
Length 48:59
Label Music for Nations, Relativity
Producer Simon Efemey
Paradise Lost chronology
Draconian Times
One Second
(1997)One Second1997
Singles from Draconian Times
  1. "The Last Time"
    Released: 8 May 1995
  2. "Forever Failure"
    Released: 25 September 1995

Draconian Times is the fifth studio album released by British metal act Paradise Lost. Two tracks from the album, "The Last Time" and "Forever Failure", were released as singles with music videos, and both charted.

This album was played in its entirety on the band's live album Draconian Times MMXI. This album was released with Shades of God & Icon in a boxed set called Original Album Classics.[1] A song called "Another Desire", was written during this album's recording, but it was not released on this album nor the reissues. Instead, it was included in the "Forever Failure" single.


Nick Holmes said in an interview that he was "pretty down" was when he wrote the lyrics. Due to the built-in sample projects of "Forever Failure" is a little bit lyrically out. The play is about drugs, in particular humans, in which about the consumption of hashish or alcohol determines life. The use the Manson samples came after Holmes had seen a report on Manson on TV. Gregor Mackintosh called Manson's statements as "confused and sad".

"I See Your Face" is inspired by a story from the news, in which a mother was stabbed in front of their children.

The catastrophe of the Baltic ferry MS Estonia in 1994, has influenced Holmes. He often think "about imminent death situations," accordingly. Holmes describes himself as a hypochondriac and "Drama Queen". Also, the album title, loosely translated as "hard times" so that is related . "The question is just why these terrible things always happen just normal people who live a brave life, while guys like Manson depend relatively comfortable in any institution." - Gregor Mackintosh.

Similarly, the song "The Last Time" by sudden fear is groundless.

A piece of Draconian Times carries a song title named after the third album of the band, Shades of God. However, it was a newly written piece and in that context, Nick Holmes seen as an atheist. In Flirting with church symbols, also in the past, have him " the romantic side irritated it, but with everyday life here and now that has to do unfortunately little."

Not since this album, Paradise Lost had allegations made to be commercial and on "the big dough" to be made, although mostly the qualities of the album are quite recognized.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars [3]

Those reviewers who do not see the album as problematic, assign points at the top. On www.metal-inside.de, the album was referred to as "gloomy, but sublime" and "perfect". This was the "fulfillment" of the promise of Icon. Eike Schmitz of www.powermetal.de looks like this and speaks of a " masterpiece". "If you think of the Sisters as polished bronze, as are dirty plutonium Paradise Lost". Daevid Jehnzen of allmusic, however, praises less songwriting, but rather the atmosphere that was created on Draconian Times . Here were awarded four and a half stars out of five . The reviews at the time of publication were positive : In the intro magazine Christian Suggest notes that Paradise Lost have made it, " to skip with , Icon' album very highly specified yardstick " . "Neither have given the typical PL ingredients still one goes on the thin ice of total mass compatibility. " Holger Stratmann, editor of Rock Hard magazine, Paradise Lost looks at this album " more sensitive than ever," only The Last Time was " a little too banal ." However, only criticism for his part in some passages, the similarity to the previous panel. He gave it a nine out of ten.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gregor Mackintosh & Nick Holmes except as noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Enchantment" 6:04
2. "Hallowed Land" 5:02
3. "The Last Time" 3:27
4. "Forever Failure" 4:18
5. "Once Solemn" 3:03
6. "Shadowkings" 4:41
7. "Elusive Cure" 3:21
8. "Yearn for Change" (Mackintosh, Lee Morris, Holmes, Steve Edmondson) 4:19
9. "Shades of God" 3:54
10. "Hands of Reason" 3:58
11. "I See Your Face" (Aaron Aedy, Mackintosh, Holmes) 3:17
12. "Jaded" 3:26
Total length: 48:59


Paradise Lost[edit]

  • Nick Holmes – vocals and lyrics
  • Gregor Mackintosh – lead guitar
  • Aaron Aedy – rhythm and acoustic guitars, co-composing on I See Your Face
  • Steve Edmonson – bass guitar
  • Lee Morris – drums



  • Andy Griffin
  • Phil Woods
  • Phil Luff


Chart (1995) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 24
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[7] 47
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 46
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 16


  1. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Paradise_Lost/Original_Album_Classics/353139
  2. ^ Jehnzen, Daevid. Draconian Times review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-11.
  3. ^ Jorn van Schaïk . Draconian Times sputnikmusic.com. June 11th, 2007. Retrieved on 2012-05-20.
  4. ^ "Draconian Times" Japan release - Discogs.com
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Paradise Lost – Draconian Times" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Paradise Lost – Draconian Times" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Paradise Lost – Draconian Times" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Paradise Lost – Draconian Times" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "Paradise Lost: Draconian Times" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Paradise Lost – Draconian Times". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Paradise Lost – Draconian Times". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Paradise Lost – Draconian Times". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2014.