Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol


8.2 | 523 votes |
Release date: 20 April 2012
Style: Gothic metal

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Disc I
01. Solitary One
02. Crucify
03. Fear Of Impending Hell
04. Honesty In Death
05. Theories From Another World
06. In This We Dwell
07. To The Darkness
08. Tragic Idol
09. Worth Fighting For
10. The Glorious End

Disc II [limited edition & vinyl bonus]
01. Ending Through Changes
02. Never Take Me Alive [Spear Of Destiny cover]

Line-up
Nick Holmes - vocals
Aaron Aedy - guitars
Gregor Mackintosh - guitars
Adrian Erlandsson - drums
Stephen Edmondson - bass

Additional info
Produced & mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.
Engineered by Johan Ornborg.
Recorded by Paradise Lost at Fascination Street Studios & Chapel Studios.
Mastered at Fascination Street Studios.

Layout & artwork by Valnoir.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Rating:
8.8
The defendant rose; his face a blank expression. His lawyer had a concerned look about him. The whole courtroom seemed to be frozen in time. The judge took no joy in delivering the verdict. A weak voice to match his scrawny body slowly spelling it out: "The defendant has been found guilty of musical oversight." You get the picture; I miss the boat on this release. I got so used to hear Paradise Lost experiment with their sound in the early nineties I almost forgot how awesome their song writing can be when applied to good old heavier Gothic Metal era Draconian Times. So my self-inflicted sentencing is to listen to their latest offering until I weep. The only problem is that I keep weeping of joy and I cannot stop listening to this album. Tragic Idol blew my mind from the first note to the last. Whatever was lost about this heavenly band has been fully recovered.

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published 02.06.2012 | Comments (12)

Guest review by
Drummer149
Rating:
9.0
Tragic Idol is Paradise Lost's 13th full-length release…yes you read right 13! This prolific band just keeps on getting better with every release. I had the pleasure of witnessing their live performance at this years Soundwave Festival, they were fantastic with ever song they had the power of an extremely young band but the musicianship of an extremely grown and mature band, they are one of the most under-rated bands in the metal scene, they deserve to be as big as Metallica. The reason why I believe they have stayed so consistently great, is due to the fact their line-up has basically never changed, apart from the drummer who has changed several times, this allows them to have such a musical connection that can progress in such a way that a band with many line-up changes just can not. However this is not to say that a band without line-up changes will stay consistently good, there are a lot of examples that I could mention however I will not in this review.

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published 11.09.2012 | Comments (7)

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11.10.2011 - 00:58
Skøllgrim
Northern
Should be enjoyable as usual, a good Christmas present in 2112. (Edit: original release date was near Christmas)
Wondering if Greg's work in Vallenfyre delays the release of the paradise lost album. Don't take me wrong, I prefer records that aren't rushed.
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22.10.2011 - 21:26
Rating: 9
un/heart/ed
The Sufferer
In my estimation, It will be released way before December 2012. Next summer is the most likely date, I believe.
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03.11.2011 - 07:07
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Guest on 10.10.2011 at 18:55
What is this?

According to the band's official forum they entered the studio in August to work on their next album. They're doing a big tour in 2012 so it will probably be released in the latter half of the year.

(Just responding to your delete_me edit in case my rejection didn't send you a PM.)
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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21.03.2012 - 20:09
Cuca Beludo
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The video for Honesty in Death is awesome. This one will be a great album.
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14.04.2012 - 14:42
Rating: 9
garmling
It is very good album with few twists here and there....every song has something of their own which is something I missed on their previous album...there are songs that stands on their own and are really really good! to name the few, "Fear of Impending Hell" (a sort of ballad, with great sad melodies), "Solitary One" (a opener with some haunting piano tones), "Theories From Another World" (a really heavy one, whit some DM riffs, Vallenfyre anyone) or beautifully crafted "Worth Fighting For"...overall a solid 9 for me, the only complaint goes that some songs ends abruptly when I hoped for some promising transition...
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14.04.2012 - 19:58
Kenos
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The album is very solid and deserves my 7/10, but it's simply not as good as the wonderful "Faith".
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15.04.2012 - 18:18
Rating: 9
jesusbl
This disc if the height of his great works of the 90's, the sound "Icon" is evident here, hardness, melancholy and atmospheres to create a record that will become a classic. The difference with this is that it has soul and songs that pass to the group's history. "Solitary One" "Fear of impending Hell" "Honesty in Death" "Tragic Idol" "Theories From Another World" or "To the Darkness" sound like the best times of Paradise Lost. 9 / 10
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15.04.2012 - 19:24
JohnDoe
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How come people have or listen to this, apparently is not out yet for another week?! or has it leaked already?
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15.04.2012 - 20:42
Rating: 9
jesusbl
It leaked on Friday except the songs of the limited edition
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19.04.2012 - 01:38
strade
I'm liking this release considerably.
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21.04.2012 - 18:01
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
And out of nowhere 'Theories From Another World', fantastic track. Album sounds good in general though, I haven't paid much attention to this band's last few albums, perhaps I should have.
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21.04.2012 - 18:02
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by R'Vannith on 21.04.2012 at 18:01

And out of nowhere 'Theories From Another World', fantastic track. Album sounds good in general though, I haven't paid much attention to this band's last few albums, perhaps I should have.


what do you mean out of nowehere? The album is already out. Saw it in the stores last Friday
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21.04.2012 - 18:05
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.04.2012 at 18:02

what do you mean out of nowehere? The album is already out. Saw it in the stores last Friday


I was using a figure of speech, like saying 'Wow that's a surprisingly good song!'
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21.04.2012 - 18:06
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by R'Vannith on 21.04.2012 at 18:05

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.04.2012 at 18:02

what do you mean out of nowehere? The album is already out. Saw it in the stores last Friday


I was using a figure of speech, like saying 'Wow that's a surprisingly good song!'


well they had a couple of great tracks on the previous album as well so for me it wouldn't be that surprising. Hence I thought you meant what I posted.
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21.04.2012 - 18:10
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.04.2012 at 18:06

well they had a couple of great tracks on the previous album as well so for me it wouldn't be that surprising. Hence I thought you meant what I posted.


I should probably give that one a closer listen too, I think I heard some tracks off it but not much more than that. Judging by this album it would probably be well worth it.
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22.04.2012 - 00:29
JohnDoe
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A good album, the previous album was much better though; I gotta give this more listens, see how it goes.
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22.04.2012 - 16:04
Kenos
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Ah, damn. It's getting worse and too predictable with every listen. "Faith" was brillant and varied, this one is becoming flat, the refrains sound so samey... 6,5/10.
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23.04.2012 - 18:02
Rating: 7
Risto
Wandering Midget
Still haven't heard this, thanks to them being on a retarded label.
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24.04.2012 - 14:39
Rating: 7
atrox
What an "original" album
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24.04.2012 - 19:12
Rating: 9
jesusbl
It is the best album of Paradise Lost in 1995, practically all the songs are great, Greg plays the guitar like never before, the voice of Holmes fabulous. The perfect union of "Icon" to "Draconian Times". Record of the Year

The song "Ending Through Changes" should appear among the best in "Tragic Idol" not as a mere "bonus track".
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24.04.2012 - 19:44
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
^ What did I just read?
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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24.04.2012 - 19:56
Unhealer
Eclecticist
^ Awesome
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24.04.2012 - 21:00
Rating: 8
PocketMetal
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.04.2012 at 19:44

^ What did I just read?


google translate .
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24.04.2012 - 22:38
Rating: 7
Slayer666
8.6 with 60 votes cast.... Maybe this isn't as boring as "Crucify" made it out to be. Checking it ASAP.
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25.04.2012 - 05:15
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by PocketMetal on 24.04.2012 at 21:00
google translate .

The comment has actually since been edited (massively) since my post and makes complete sense now. Weird. :/
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25.04.2012 - 12:35
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Very strong album, especially around the midsection.
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25.04.2012 - 21:51
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Masterchief
I have been listening new album, of corse its not old good dead/doom era PL, but for gothic doom its awesome, but still somehow it feels like album has been criated fast lyrics are same, seems like its one big song split in parts , not bad and somehow after PL return to metal sound from other albums I like this moust
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26.04.2012 - 06:39
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.04.2012 at 05:15

Written by PocketMetal on 24.04.2012 at 21:00
google translate .

The comment has actually since been edited (massively) since my post and makes complete sense now. Weird. :/


I read it before it was edited too.
Good times.
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26.04.2012 - 09:55
johnniepop
Do I here some gothic style rock'n'roll here?
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27.04.2012 - 09:57
Rating: 8
The Melting Snow
Perfect gothic metal. the riffs and solos really keep me hooked to the album. good job with the vocals too. but i expected more on the lyrics.
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