One Second (Paradise Lost album)

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One Second
Paradise Lost One Second album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released14 July 1997
RecordedBattery Studios & Rockfield Studios - 1996-1997
GenreGothic rock, electronic rock[1]
LabelMusic for Nations
ProducerUlf "Sank" Sandqvist
Paradise Lost chronology
Draconian Times
One Second
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

One Second is the sixth album released by the British metal band Paradise Lost.

Following Draconian Times, the album marks the group's first complete departure from doom metal in favour of a more gothic and electronic direction. One Second is Paradise Lost's first album recorded in digital format. Two songs, "The Hour" and "Slave", were written for this album, but have not been included on the album nor its reissues. The two songs are included on the second version of the single "One Second". The song "Mercy" has been covered by Orphaned Land on multiple releases.

A 20th Anniversary Edition was released on 14 July 2017, which contained the original album remastered by Jamie Gomez Arellano and an additional disc with audio from a Paradise Lost's concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 26th January 1998.[3] The concert was part of the tour in support of the One Second album release.[4] The concert was previously released as part of the Evolve DVD, and is released on CD for the first time.[4]

Musical style[edit]

About the musical style of One Second, Nick Holmes told Decibel:

After we recorded Draconian Times and toured it non-stop, we just felt like doing something else—something a bit less up-tempo and darker, also Greg bought a keyboard! The result was One Second. It was greeted on the whole very positively, but quite a departure from Draconian Times and pissed off a few people naturally. However, it’s very much a part of the band’s journey—like every album has been—and we enjoyed making it.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Nick Holmes and Gregor Mackintosh except as indicated.

1."One Second"3:32
2."Say Just Words"4:02
5."Soul Courageous"3:01
6."Another Day"4:44
7."The Sufferer"4:29
8."This Cold Life"4:21
9."Blood of Another"4:01
12."Take Me Down"5:25
Total length:54:58
Metal Mind Productions & Music for Nations Reissue
The End Records Reissue
Pony Canyon Inc. & Jive Records Reissue
20th Anniversary Edition Reissue (Music for Nations) Second Disc Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London on 26th January 1998


  • Nick Holmes – vocals
  • Gregor Mackintosh – lead guitar, keyboards
  • Aaron Aedy – rhythm guitar
  • Steve Edmondson – bass guitar
  • Lee Morris – drums, backing vocals

Liner notes[edit]

  • Recorded at Battery Studios (London) and & Rockfield Studios (Monmouth, Wales).
  • Produced, engineered and mastered by Sank for Toytown Productions.
  • Mixed by Stefan Glaumann and Sank at MVG Studios.
  • Additional backing vocals by Greg & Sank.
  • Additional engineering by Richard Flack
  • Sampling, programming and keyboards by Sank and Gregor Mackintosh.
  • Violin/strings by Stephan Brisland-Ferner.
  • Arranged by Sank, Stefan and Gregor Mackintosh.
  • Cover photo concept idea by Ross Halfin.
  • Band photograph by David Tonge.
  • Other photography by Susan Andrews for Refocus.
  • Design and layout by Design Ministry.


Chart (1997) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 44
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 39
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[9] 21
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 8
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[11] 25
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 40
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 31

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 14 July 1997 Music for Nations CD CDMFN 222
United Kingdom 1997 Music for Nations LP record, Gatefold MFN 222
United Kingdom 1997 Music for Nations CD CDMFNX 222
United Kingdom & United States 1997 Music for Nations CD 01241-4616-2
Japan 18 July 1997 Pony Canyon Inc. CD PCCY-01142
Poland 1997 Metal Mind Productions Cassette MASS 0450
Europe 1997 Music for Nations CD 82876 829172
United States 1997 Jive Records ? ?
Russia 14 May 2007 Sony BMG CD 88697 10516 2
Poland 28 January 2008 Metal Mind Productions CD MASS CD DG 1098
United Kingdom 2011 Peaceville Records CD VILELP333
United States 28 August 2012 The End Records CD TE231-2
worldwide 14 July 2017[3] Music for Nations 2CD, 2LP, DD 88985411092


  1. ^ a b "Justify Your Shitty Taste: Paradise Lost's "One Second". Decibel Magazine.
  2. ^ Rivadavid, Eduardo. One Second review Retrieved on 2011-07-01.
  3. ^ a b "Paradise Lost One Second (20th Anniversary Edition)". Facebook. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Paradise Lost – One Second (20th Anniversary Edition) Review – Soundscape". Soundscape Magazine. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  5. ^ " – Paradise Lost – One Second" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  6. ^ " – Paradise Lost – One Second" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  7. ^ " – Paradise Lost – One Second" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "Paradise Lost: One Second" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  9. ^ " – Paradise Lost – One Second". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  10. ^ " – Paradise Lost – One Second". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  11. ^ " – Paradise Lost – One Second". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  12. ^ " – Paradise Lost – One Second". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  13. ^ " – Paradise Lost – One Second". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2014.

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