Host (Paradise Lost album)

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Host
Host (album).jpg
Studio album by Paradise Lost
Released 28 April 1999
Recorded September 1998 - February 1999
Genre Electronic rock, darkwave, gothic rock, synthpop
Length 53:00
Label EMI
Producer Steve Lyon
Paradise Lost chronology
One Second
(1997)
Host
(1999)
Believe in Nothing
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Q 3/5 stars[2]

Host is the seventh studio album recorded by British band Paradise Lost. The singles "So Much Is Lost" and "Permanent Solution" both have music videos released. Due to an injury, Gregor Mackintosh often played keyboards instead of guitar while touring the album with his guitar technician playing his guitar parts.

The album saw the band moving further away from their previous metal sound to something more akin to a melancholy style of synthpop incorporating downtempo, leftfield, and trance electronic styles. Songs were constructed primarily of programmed drums and synthesizer melodies, with simple, rock-style guitar added for choruses. Vocalist Nick Holmes resolved to simple melodies with his clean singing style, often doubled and harmonized; the resultant material resembled crossover acts like Psykosonik. Holmes commented on this album in 2007, stating:

From Host through to Believe In Nothing, we didn't really kind of know where we were going. We were really in a dilemma.

— Nick Holmes

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "So Much Is Lost" 4:16
2. "Nothing Sacred" 4:02
3. "In All Honesty" 4:02
4. "Harbour" 4:23
5. "Ordinary Days" 3:29
6. "It's Too Late" 4:44
7. "Permanent Solution" 3:17
8. "Behind the Grey" 3:13
9. "Wreck" 4:41
10. "Made the Same" 3:34
11. "Deep" 4:00
12. "Year of Summer" 4:16
13. "Host" 5:12
Total length: 53:00

Personnel[edit]

Paradise Lost[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 33
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[5] 67
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 38
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 61

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antti J. Ravelin. "Host - Paradise Lost : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Malins, Steve. "Review: Paradise Lost - Host". Q. EMAP Metro Ltd (July 1999): 122. 
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Paradise Lost – Host" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Paradise Lost: Host" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Lescharts.com – Paradise Lost – Host". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Paradise Lost – Host". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Paradise Lost – Host". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Paradise Lost – Host". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 23, 2014.