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.
UK's gothic metal forefathers Paradise Lost present you their stunning new video clip for "Praise Lamented Shade" taken from the band's latest, much lauded masterpiece "In Requiem", which was released via Century Media Records in May 2007.
The clip was filmed during their show in the beautiful Koko, London in April which will be released on DVD later on. However, it already gives you a glimpse of the things to come.
The video was directed by Dash Productions (who worked with people such as Steven Seagal, Gary Numan, Level 42, Paul Rodgers, Rick Astley, Heaven 17, The Damned, Marc Almond, Dexy's Midnight Runners and many more) and you can watch it at Youtube.com by clicking here!
Paradise Lost, the godfathers of Gothic metal, have returned with a stunning new offering "In Requiem", which marks a return to the band's trademark heavy sound. To get a full impression of this brilliant dark opus, fans can now stream the entire album on the band's official MySpace page. Note that the album can be streamed only for one week (starting from Friday, May 11), so check it out now!
The album, produced by Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly) and mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Slipknot), is set for a June 5th U.S. release.
Paradise Lost present their brand-new Ecard allowing further insights in the band's upcoming masterpiece "In Requiem", which will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, May 18, 2007.
UK / FRANCE / SPAIN / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, May 21, 2007.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, May 23, 2007.
USA: Tuesday, June 5, 2007.
On the Ecard you can listen to three tracks taken off "In Requiem", namely 'Never For The Damned', 'Ash & Debris' as well as 'The Enemy', which has just been released as a single (in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy only).
Paradise Lost have posted two songs from their upcoming single, "The Enemy" (due on April 13, cover art here), at the band's MySpace Page.
You can listen to a medley consisting of the single's title track, 'The Enemy', as well as 'Beneath Black Skies'.
Apart from these two tracks, Paradise Lost's new single also contains the exclusive non-album track 'Godless' plus a trailer for the band's upcoming documentary "Over The Madness", which was directed by Diran Noubar and is about to be premiered at the film festival in Cannes in May 2007.
The new single "The Enemy" will only be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
The following message was posted on the Paradise Lost website:
"In support of their forthcoming album release "In Requiem" on Century Media, the godfathers of Gothic Metal, Paradise Lost announce a special guest slot supporting Nightwish on their autumn tour. The tour will be only the band's third visit to the US, after previously supporting Morbid Angel and Opeth.
Paradise Lost's 11th album, "In Requiem", was produced by Rhys Fulber and mixed by Mike Frazer, and marks a return to their heavy trademark sound."
Nick Holmes comments: "We can't wait to get to the US on a great tour, and try and make an impact after years of focusing on Europe."
The British Goth metalers made the following announcement on their website:
"The UK release date for Paradise Lost's 11th studio album - 'In Requiem' has been confirmed and is set to be May 21st.
Release dates for other territories are expected in the near future, so stay tuned!"
As stated earlier this week, the artwork for the new album is to be done by "Seth Siro Anton", who was the artwork designer for the last album, "Paradise Lost". Producer of this album is Rhys Fulber and the mixing has been made by Mike Fraser - who is well known for his work with bands such as Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen etc...
Nick Holmes also stated the following about the release:
Gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost and Century Media Records are proud to announce the band's worldwide signing to the record label. In a career that has spanned over 17 years, Paradise Lost have sold a staggering two million albums worldwide.
European Label Manager Antje Lange commented on the signing, "We feel very honored to welcome Paradise Lost to The Century Family. Paradise Lost are an extremely influential band with the creative potential for a very bright future. As their new record label, we look forward to working to expand their global fan base."
After reviewing several offers, Paradise Lost chose to sign to Century Media worldwide. Vocalist Nick Holmes states, "It's great to be on a label with so many metal bands and such a heritage. This worldwide deal will give us a chance to have a crack at the U.S."