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Release date: 1991
Style: Gothic metal, Death doom metal


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Disc I
01. Gothic
02. Dead Emotion
03. Shattered
04. Rapture
05. Eternal
06. Falling Forever
07. Angel Tears
08. Silent
09. The Painless
10. Desolate
11. Rotting Misery (Doom Dub) [2008 re-release bonus]
12. Breeding Fear (Demolition Dub) [2008 re-release bonus]

Disc II ["The Lost Tapes" live DVD] [2008 Re-release]
01. Intro
02. Dead Emotion
03. Gothic
04. Paradise Lost
05. Breeding Fear
06. Eternal
07. Shattered
08. Frozen Illusion
09. Angel Tears
10. Silent
11. The Painless

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Label: Vile Music / Peaceville Records

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"Gothic"; well, if you ask for my opinion I will tell you that this is one of the purest and most influential releases of the 90s. Paradise Lost, touched by the hand of Goth, after a fabulous, primary though, doom/death metal debut album, "Lost Paradise", release during 1991 their second full-length album, "Gothic", the milestone of gothic metal (I'm talking about pure gothic metal, inner withering world, emotional decadence, intense dark/gloomy aesthetic, not nowadays' tendency of a band being considered as a gothic metal one if they use female vocals or they sound melancholic neither the bands talking about emotions of love etc deeply influenced by the dark wave and electro-gothic scene - dark wave and electro-gothic have nothing to do with gothic rock that planted the seeds of gothic metal through "Gothic" - of course gothic metal nowadays has progressed since then and moves in more "commercial" soundscapes). Some people will disagree with me by saying that "Gothic" is pure doom/death metal in a time (1990-1991) when doom/death was just an idea floating in the air; if you listen carefully to "Gothic" you'll see that although it steps on what began with "Lost Paradise" it is way different and more various, musically and emotionally, something new and deeply personal. The distortion of the guitars is softer, but still heavy, and The Sisters of Mercy influences on the guitar work are obvious, influences expressed through a heavier prism of course.

published 24.10.2004 | Comments (4)

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NocturnalStalker - 06.03.2012 at 16:45  
Rating: 9 My favourite Paradise Lost album and one of my favourite metal albums of all time.
Bad English - 28.08.2012 at 02:06  
Rating: 10 Just give a try ... I us eto liusten all 4 PL albums in same time since all are aprtox 40min so aprox 3 h total , but now I gave a try onme buy one, I cant judge it ....
God Buster 鬼 - 30.07.2015 at 10:24  
Rating: 3 Neither death nor doom metal, there is no death's trademark rhythmic hooks.
This is purely a Gothic metal album (with death vocals influenced) that irritates me a lot.

I reached my limit on the 5th track - Eternal, then eject !

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