Paradise Lost - Draconian Times


8.8 | 710 votes |
Release date: 1995
Style: Gothic metal, Death doom metal

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Disc I
01. Enchantment
02. Hallowed Land
03. The Last Time
04. Forever Failure
05. Once Solemn
06. Shadowkings
07. Elusive Cure
08. Yearn For Change
09. Shades Of God
10. Hands Of Reason
11. I See Your Face
12. Jaded
13. Walk Away [The Sisters Of Mercy cover] [bonus]
14. Laid to Waste [bonus]
15. Master of Misrule [bonus]
16. How Soon Is Now [2002 Re-release bonus]
17. Fear [2002 Re-release bonus]

Disc II Limited Edition Commemorative Tour Pack
01. Embers Fire [live]
02. Daylight Torn [live]
03. True Belief [live]
04. Pity The Sadness [live]
05. As I Die [live]
06. Weeping Words [demo]
07. The Last Time [demo]
08. Walk Away [The Sisters Of Mercy cover]
09. Laid To Waste
10. Master Of Misrule
11. Forever Failure [Video edit version]

Draconian Times (2011 Legacy Edition)
Disc I
01. Enchantment
02. Hallowed Land
03. The Last Time
04. Forever Failure
05. Once Solemn
06. Shadowkings
07. Elusive Cure
08. Yearn For Change
09. Shades Of God
10. Hands Of Reason
11. I See Your Face
12. Jaded
13. Enchantment [demo] [bonus]
14. Last Desire [demo] [bonus]
15. Forever Failure [bonus]
16. Shadowkings [bonus]
17. Once Solemn [bonus]
18. Hallowed Land [bonus]
19. The Last Time [bonus]

Disc II DVD
01. ''Draconian Times'' in 5.1 Mix
+ Forever Failure [video]
+ The Last Time [video]
+ Hallowed Land [video]
+ 16 pages booklet including liner notes from the band and exclusive new artwork [Regular jewel case version]
+ 36 pages booklet including liner notes from the band and exclusive new artwork [A5 digibook version]

Top 20 albums of 1995: 10
Top 200 albums of all time: 96

Line-up
Nick Holmes - vocals
Gregor Mackintosh - guitars
Aaron Aedy - guitars
Lee Morris - drums
Stephen Edmondson - bass

Session musicians
Andrew Holdsworth - keyboards

Additional info
Label: Music for Nations

Recorded at Great Linford Manor and Ridge Farm Studios.
Produced by Simon Efemey.
Engineered by Pete "Pee Wee" Coleman.
Assisted by Andy Griffin, Phil Wood and Phil Luff.
Mixed by Simon Efemey and Pete "Pee Wee" Coleman.
Mastered by Kevin Metealfe at Townhouse Studios, London.

Choir arrangements by the Guildford Dead Boys Choir.

Spoken dialogue on "Forever Failure" from "Charles Manson - The Man Who Killed The Sixties" produced by Box Productions for Channel Four Television Corporation.

2011 re-mastering and the 5.1 mix on the audio tracks by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden for Northern Music Co. Ltd.

Guest review by
Gorey
Rating:
10
For a few years, the "happy folks" of Paradise Lost were used to making excellent albums such as Shades Of God or Icon, but nothing could really prepare us to this nuclear bomb, Draconian Times. This album, released in 1995, is, more than a confirmation, a real coup d?etat in the metal world: every listening, every note is a perpetual rediscovery. Tracks like 'Hallowed Land', 'Elusive Cure' or 'Forever Failure' exhale such beauty that there are no exact words to describe the emotion they make us feel.

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published 02.09.2003 | Comments (17)

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24.05.2013 - 16:44
Rating: 8
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
This album, I think, was one of the albums that defined the gothic metal genre. It has plenty of nice songs but I still prefer to listen to "Gothic", "Shades of God" or "Icon".
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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26.06.2013 - 09:05
Rating: 10
theembryo
The only thing better than this release is when they play it live.
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26.06.2013 - 11:46
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by theembryo on 26.06.2013 at 09:05

The only thing better than this release is when they play it live.



when they played the entire album live it was terrible. The band made huge mistakes in every single song. I love tha album but the live rendition o it two years ago was just totally terrible.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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27.06.2013 - 04:58
Rating: 10
theembryo
Damn it - Seems I must give a better listen - I thought the 'offical release of the April gig in UK was quite great!
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27.06.2013 - 13:08
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by theembryo on 27.06.2013 at 04:58

Damn it - Seems I must give a better listen - I thought the 'offical release of the April gig in UK was quite great!


I know people who went to that gig and said it was terrible. They saw the dvd and it was immediately clear that the sound on that dvd had been doctored with. All the mistakes which were there at the Original gig were nowhere to be found and all of a sudden Nick also sounded great. So, clearly a case of overdubbing (which is actually done to almost ALL live dvd's tbh.)
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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29.06.2013 - 06:05
Rating: 10
theembryo
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.06.2013 at 13:08

I know people who went to that gig and said it was terrible. They saw the dvd and it was immediately clear that the sound on that dvd had been doctored with. All the mistakes which were there at the Original gig were nowhere to be found and all of a sudden Nick also sounded great. So, clearly a case of overdubbing (which is actually done to almost ALL live dvd's tbh.)


Ahh.... indeed then. Yes, listening to a production can be (usually is) quite different than the actual experience. Thanks for the comments Marcel!
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14.11.2013 - 21:48
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
Excellent, Im getting more stuff from this band as we speak, and this album is fucking great. Paradise Lost rules.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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21.12.2013 - 22:58
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Started off strong then mutated into this pop-like....I have no idea... I've always loved "Shades Of God" though.
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22.12.2013 - 14:37
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Gotta wonder the same thing... Don't hear a trace of pop at all. Simply (great) goth(ic) metal/rock with some psychedelic moments here and there. Great shit.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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22.12.2013 - 14:52
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
The pop popped up on the album after this one
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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03.01.2014 - 18:25
Rating: 7
Erik M.
Written by LeKiwi on 21.12.2013 at 22:58

Started off strong then mutated into this pop-like....I have no idea... I've always loved "Shades Of God" though.


Well, what do you know... I totally agree with you.

Shades of God is easily my favourite album by PL as well. Draconian Times and Icon are pretty poppy if you ask me. Extremely accessible stuff. Just when some of these songs start to get interesting they're already over.

The genre-tag here is hilarious... "death doom metal"?
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03.01.2014 - 18:47
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Oh... I guess you are the kind of guys who use the term "pop" for something accessible. Huh.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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03.01.2014 - 19:08
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.01.2014 at 18:47

Oh... I guess you are the kind of guys who use the term "pop" for something accessible. Huh.

Yeah, pop to me is something sugary sweet and overly melodic. This album may be easily listenable but it's far from pop. If this is pop then what's flower metal?
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03.01.2014 - 19:45
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Is this already one of the rules of being a Metal Stormer? If not it should be. Something like: "1. Anything you find accessible must be referred to as pop music because it makes your taste in music look more sophisticated than your peers."
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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15.01.2014 - 01:08
Rating: 10
HellriderRising
No words can describe this masterpiece. Total respect.
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22.01.2014 - 01:33
Rating: 9
Dead Eternity
Is this album really Doom Metal? Once Solemn sounds very positive to me (I'm not saying that it's bad).
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22.01.2014 - 02:06
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Dead Eternity on 22.01.2014 at 01:33

Is this album really Doom Metal? Once Solemn sounds very positive to me (I'm not saying that it's bad).


Not doom nor death, plain gothic metal. There are still hints of doom but I wouldn't tag this as such.
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10.07.2015 - 22:32
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.01.2014 at 19:45

Is this already one of the rules of being a Metal Stormer? If not it should be. Something like: "1. Anything you find accessible must be referred to as pop music because it makes your taste in music look more sophisticated than your peers."

Honestly, I love some pop music I just thought that that level of cheese has no place in a gothic death doom album.

- year and a half late comment
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11.07.2015 - 13:37
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by LeKiwi on 10.07.2015 at 22:32

Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.01.2014 at 19:45

Is this already one of the rules of being a Metal Stormer? If not it should be. Something like: "1. Anything you find accessible must be referred to as pop music because it makes your taste in music look more sophisticated than your peers."
Honestly, I love some pop music I just thought that that level of cheese has no place in a gothic death doom album.


Despite what it says above in the album profile... There's not an iota of death on this one. Hell I'd say the gothic elements are ever stronger than the doom ones. Also much more rock than metal going on here. That together with the melodies and psychedelic vibes makes the album sound the way I expected it to sound the first time I got it. I'm not trying to change your opinion. I'm just saying " no place in a gothic death doom album" is wrong.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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11.07.2015 - 13:47
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
What psychedelic vibes?

It certainly is metal, way more than rock and there are some slight hints of death in it.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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11.07.2015 - 14:41
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.07.2015 at 13:47

What psychedelic vibes?

It certainly is metal, way more than rock and there are some slight hints of death in it.


Well, I personally get some vibes during the soloings. I still see no death on this album though and neither pop for that matter.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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11.07.2015 - 14:43
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Mr. Doctor on 11.07.2015 at 14:41

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.07.2015 at 13:47

What psychedelic vibes?

It certainly is metal, way more than rock and there are some slight hints of death in it.


Well, I personally get some vibes during the soloings. I still see no death on this album though and neither pop for that matter.



certainly no pop whatsoever present.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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