British Doom/Goth Metal pioneers, Paradise Lost, are pleased to announce the re-release of their seminal 1995 album Draconian Times; 16 years since it first stormed the charts.
Sony Music are re-releasing the colossal Draconian Times through their Grammy-award winning Legacy series; which will feature the entire digitally re-mastered album including a 5.1 Dolby Surround mix in a brand-new collector's edition digi-pak box-set, so fans can hear the album like never before!
Along with this release the band will be performing their monumental album Draconian Times live at a series of 7 exclusive gigs in the following select cities around Europe: Utrecht, Bochum, London, Paris, Athens, and Thessaloniki.
Sad news for Australian fans of Paradise Lost: the Australian leg of their "Faith Divides Us- Death United Us Tour" has been cancelled. Paradise Lost were set to tour Down Under with symphonic metallers Sirenia in April. The following message appears on the bands official website:
"Unfortunately due to promotional problems the dates in Australia are being cancelled, we are all very upset and were looking forward to the shows. Anyone who has a ticket can get a refund from the place of purchase."
The cancelled dates on the tour are as follows:
24.04.2010 - Hi Fi, Brisbane
26.04.2010 - Metro Theater, Sydney
27.04.2010 - Billboard, Melbourne
Paradise Lost have just finished their UK tour in support of their current album Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us and now proudly present you their brand-new video clip for the song "The Rise Of Denial."
Already last week, lead guitarist Greg Mackintosh was unable to continue with Paradise Lost's "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" tour of Europe due to a terminal illness within his family. Greg's father was taken critically ill some weeks ago, yet Greg decided to commence the tour anyway in the hope that future news from home would be positive. This unfortunately was not the case, therefore (as of 6th November 2009), Greg will remain in England to support his relatives during this difficult time.
Milly Evans, (Paradise Lost's long-standing guitar technician, and keyboardist from Terrorvision), will fill in for Greg with immediate effect. Having worked with the band for many years, Milly knows Paradise Lost's repertoire far more than most, and will endeavour to provide a seamless transition between guitarists. Milly is highly regarded among Paradise Lost's fan-base and is the best person to fill Greg's role in the band for the rest of the European tour.
British gothic metal act Paradise Lost will release their highly anticipated new album "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" on Century Media Records on September 28, 2009 in Europe and October 6, 2009 in the US.
Now, "The Rise Of Denial", a brand new track from this landmark gothic metal opus has been posted at the band's redesigned MySpace site.
Guitarist Greg Mackintosh comments: "A classic PL song. This was the first song written for this album and the reason I decided to switch to 7 string guitars. It's almost like melodic, well structured grindcore. Dropping to 'A' really took this song in a different direction. It gives the song a kind of crushing, seething anger."
British gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost have named their upcoming new album "Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us". Vocalist Nick Holmes comments:
"The thoughts behind the title "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" are very much self explanatory, there is so much division in the world caused by obstructing religious belief. We are all made of the same flesh and bone, what makes one religions better than the other, and would any true god allow his creation to destroy itself? The vast number of different so called faiths around the globe, just helps to strengthen my complete denial of any god, and force the belief that religion is nothing more than a man made cash induced fabrication to exploit a human beings natural fear of death."
UK metallers Paradise Lost have posted online a new song, "As Horizons End", on their MySpace page.
"As Horizons End" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us", which will be released on September 28 in Europe (October 6 in the US) via Century Media Records.
Nick Holmes comments: "This song is about someone who's on a downward spiral. Working too hard and trying to claw back some positive spirit by participating in all the so called joyous occasions in life, socialising and networking but to no avail, the long days have crushed the soul till only disappointment and cynicism remains. This song was inspired by the thousands of dishevelled looking middle aged businessmen I see in airports each year. This track has had a dozen face lifts since its inception and in true fashion, it was never intended to be the first track. Once it was mixed though it was hard to imagine any other song opening the album."
Paradise Lost have confirmed that Adrian Erlandsson (Cradle Of Filth, The Haunted, At The Gates, Nifelheim, Code) will be their new full-time drummer.
Guitarist Greg Mackintosh comments: "Adrian has been a friend and acquaintance for some time. After calling me to see if the drumming position was still vacant, we quickly arranged for an audition right before entering the studio to record our new album. We knew immediately that he was the man for the job. Playing the songs with him felt very natural. He is the same age as us and from a similar musical background. Unfortunately it was too short notice to play on the new album but everything we do from now on will have Adrian involved. We look forward to rehearsing with him when we leave the studio and to doing our first show with him in Norway on April 10th (Inferno Festival)."
Gothic metallers Paradise Lost are currently preparing the recordings for their highly anticipated follow-up to 2007's extremely successful "In Requiem".
Vocalist Nick Holmes comments as follows:
"The album as yet untitled will feature around 10 tracks, among the titles are "First Light", "As Horizons End", "Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us", "Frailty" & "My Last Regret" - these are subject to change without notice!
We are very happy with Rhys Fulbers work on the last album "In Requiem", but after working on 3 albums together we decided it was time to go for a different approach. After hearing the work he did with our "Anatomy Of Melancholy" Live DVD we decided that Jens Bogren was the man for the job. In February we will venture to Sweden to begin recording the album in Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden.
Paradise Lost from West Yorkshire, UK, formed in 1988 when vocalist Nick Holmes and guitarist Gregor Mackintosh came together with the idea of taking metal beyond the conventional styles of the time. They were influenced by acts such as Candlemass, Celtic Frost and Morbid Angel, and concocted a unique atmosphere of their own as a result. This was already apparent when their debut album "Lost Paradise" appeared on Peaceville Records in 1990, and blended death metal with doom and some melodic elements, but it wasn't until their follow-up album that the metal world witnessed the birth of a new style of music.
"Gothic" was THE album responsible for a whole sub genre of metal, Gothic Doom Metal, upon its release in 1991. Creating a more melancholy & atmospheric form of doom metal, with the introduction of the distinctive & unmistakable Paradise Lost lead guitar melodies, the band was quickly propelled to the forefront of pioneering extreme metal bands of the early nineties.
Paradise Lost drummer Jeff Singer has posted the next statement on the bands official site:
"I guess no one would have seen this coming but as of the end of August I will no longer be drumming for Paradise Lost. I have decided to hang up my sticks altogether. It is an incredibly hard decision to have had to make as drumming has been my life for as long as I can remember and through good and bad has been my living for nearly 20 years. It is going to be very difficult I am sure and after four and a half years I will miss Nick, Aaron, Steve, Greg (and Milly) very much but in my heart I know that it is the correct thing for me to do.
So why am I leaving, well, to be honest it is a difficult thing to explain in a few paragraphs, but here goes.
An e-card for Paradise Lost's forthcoming DVD, entitled "The Anatomy Of Melancholy", can be accessed at this location.
The DVD was filmed and directed by Paul M Green and his Dash Productions team (Opeth, The Damned, Gary Numan). Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Symphony X) mixed the brilliantly captured live sound at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, and the dark enchanting cover artwork was done again by Greek artist Seth who already worked on the band's last two album covers.
"The Anatomy Of Melancholy" release dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Italy: May 23th.
Spain and Portugal: May 27th.
Sweden, Finland and Hungary: May 28th.