Icon (Paradise Lost album)

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Paradise Lost - Icon.jpg
Studio album by Paradise Lost
Released 28 September 1993
Recorded Jacobs Studios, Surrey and Townhouse Studios in June-July 1993
Genre Doom metal, gothic metal
Length 50:32
Label Music for Nations
Producer Simon Efemey
Paradise Lost chronology
Shades of God
(1992)Shades of God1992
Draconian Times
(1995)Draconian Times1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Storm (9.8/10)[3]

Icon is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Paradise Lost in 1993. It marked a departure from the death-doom sound of their early work, and was the last album to feature Matthew Archer on drums.


In 2008, speaking to Kerrang! about the album's music, Nick Holmes remembered:

We were pretty much the first band to coin the phrase 'gothic metal' so I don't have a problem with that label. We've actually done gothier albums than Icon, but if people want to say that it sums up something up that's fine with me. At the time there was also black metal, thrash metal and everyone wanted to describe what type of something was so we went 'Okay, we've got The Sisters of Mercy elements in our music, let's call it goth metal'. We were getting better as musicians as well and I was hopefully getting better as a vocalist. When that happens you want to fine-tune what you're doing. It's also about not wanting to get stuck or pigeonholed into one particular musical place. We've kept the whole gothic thing going right throughout our career, but we did want to do something a little different. With the vocals, a lot of it was kind of shouting in key as opposed to just shouting, its okay singing like Beelzebub, but your voice can get into trouble if you have a big tour.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Nick Holmes and Greg Mackintosh.

No. Title Length
1. "Embers Fire" 04:44
2. "Remembrance" 03:26
3. "Forging Sympathy" 04:44
4. "Joys of the Emptiness" 03:29
5. "Dying Freedom" 03:44
6. "Widow" 03:04
7. "Colossal Rains" 04:36
8. "Weeping Words" 03:51
9. "Poison" 03:00
10. "True Belief" 04:30
11. "Shallow Seasons" 04:55
12. "Christendom" 04:31
13. "Deus Misereatur" 01:58
14. "Sweetness" (2007 re-release bonus track) 05:34
15. "Your Hand in Mine" (live, 2007 re-release bonus track) 06:40
Total length: 62:46


  • Nick Holmes - vocals
  • Matthew Archer - drums
  • Stephen Edmondson - bass
  • Aaron Aedy - guitars
  • Gregor Mackintosh - guitars

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Denise Bernard - female vocals
  • Andrew Holdsworth - keyboards


  • Matt Anker - photography
  • Geoff Pesche - mastering
  • Pete Coleman - mixing
  • Simon Efemey - producer mixing


Chart (1993) Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[5] 80
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 31


  1. ^ Anderson, Christopher. Icon review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  2. ^ --->Icon review Sputnikmusic. Retrieved on 2012-04-29.
  3. ^ Deadmeat --->Icon review. Metal Storm Retrieved on 2012-04-29.
  4. ^ Paul Travers, Kerrang! #1225, August 30, 2008. Treasure Chest. An Intimate Portrait of a Life in Rock. Nick Holmes. P. 54
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Paradise Lost – Icon" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Paradise Lost – Icon". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 26, 2014.