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Paradise Lost - New Album Title And Cover Art Revealed, Title Track Online

Original news, posted on 19.06.2009

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."

"Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us", the highly anticipated follow-up to 2007's "In Requiem" will be released on Century Media Records in September 2009! Expect the band's darkest and heaviest effort to date!

In May 2009, Paradise Lost also released their demos "Paradise Lost" (1988) and "Frozen Illusion" (1989) accompanied by six live tracks from the "Plains Of Desolation" bootleg officially on CD for the very first time. Featuring extensive liner notes by vocalist Nick Holmes and a stunning vinyl replica packaging, the strictly limited "Drown In Darkness - The Early Demos" is a must-have for every Paradise Lost fan.

You can now watch a personal introduction into the earliest days of the band at the following link.

UPDATE (thanks to 15393)

A brand new Paradise Lost track, entitled "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us", has officially been launched at the band's MySpace page.

"Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" is the title track from the band's forthcoming album, which will be released on September 28 in Europe (October 6 in the US) via Century Media Records.

The cover artwork, which is based upon a Danse Macabre woodcut by Hans Holbein the Younger (first published in 1538), was created by Stefan Wibbeke at Medialogistics (Lacuna Coil, Poisonblack, etc.).

Nick Holmes (vocals) comments on the track as follows: "This song had a massive overhaul in the last few weeks before recording, and thankfully it worked out well. Unlike many bands, we try to know exactly what we are doing once we are in the studio. So re-writes near recording time are as scary as they can be can be rewarding. This song is swathed in melancholy and the closest thing on the album to a "ballad" perhaps. Lyrically the title says it all. I find faith an oddity in that some people may have such devout belief that the only common ground with another human is death itself."


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Posted: 30.07.2009 by Abattoir | Comments (17)

Paradise Lost - European Tour Dates

UK metallers Paradise Lost have scheduled the following European tour dates:

Oct. 30 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
Nov. 01 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Nov. 02 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Nov. 03 - London, UK - Academy
Nov. 04 - Sheffield, UK - Academy
Nov. 05 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Nov. 07 - Enschede, Netherlands - Atak
Nov. 08 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Nov. 10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - De Helling
Nov. 11 - Stuttgart, Germany - Die Roehre
Nov. 12 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
Nov. 13 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Nov. 14 - Mannheim, Germany - Alte Feuerwache
Nov. 15 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Nov. 16 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Garage
Nov. 18 - Bielefeld, Germany - Ringlokschuppen
Nov. 19 - Hannover, Germany - Capitol
Nov. 20 - Cottbus, Germany - Glad-House
Nov. 21 - Erlangen, Germany - E-Werk
Nov. 22 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Nov. 24 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
Nov. 25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
Nov. 26 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
Nov. 28 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Brew House
Nov. 29 - Malmo, Sweden - KB Halle
Dec. 01 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
Dec. 02 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
Dec. 04 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Hristo Botev Hall
Dec. 05 - Zagreb, Croatia - Boogaloo
Dec. 06 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Dec. 08 - Milan, Italy - Musicdrome
Dec. 09 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
Dec. 10 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
Dec. 11 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Phillipshalle
Dec. 12 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
Dec. 14 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
Dec. 15 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
Dec. 16 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken
Dec. 17 - Bilbao, Spain - Rockstar
Dec. 18 - Cognac, France - Les Abattoirs
Dec. 19 - Paris, France - Elysée Montmartre

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Posted: 20.07.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (7)

Paradise Lost - New Song Online

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."

Gregor Mackintosh adds: "The whole point to this song was to capture a feeling of foreboding. Like when a thunderstorm is approaching. All the chord progressions are supposed to give an ominous sense of dread. The mid section lulls you into thinking that you're safe only to discover there is much bigger storm on the horizon."


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Posted: 14.07.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Paradise Lost - New Drummer Announced

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)."

Adrian Erlandsson adds: "Paradise Lost has been one of my favourite bands since I first heard them in 1990. When my fellow Brujeria member Jeff Walker told me that PL were looking for a drummer I got in contact with Greg straight away. After a few chats and emails I was on my way to the audition. I had learnt 10 songs out of their last setlist, but after playing only 4 songs vocalist Nick Holmes said "The job is yours if you want it". Great success!! I look forward to growing even older with the lads and rocking hard with them live!"

Paradise Lost are currently recording the highly anticipated follow-up to 2007's "In Requiem" in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Amon Amarth).


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Posted: 16.03.2009 by Abattoir | Comments (12)

Paradise Lost - New Album On The Way

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.

There is no full time replacement for Jeff as yet, but as far as the album is concerned, the drum stool will be occupied by another Swede - Peter Damin. Sweden hails some of the best metal musicians in the world and Peter is no exception, we really look forward to working with him and his input on the album.

Our approach this time has leaned even more towards the heavier side of things, even more so than the last. It is vital not to loose touch with our musical trip over the last 20 years. Our music may have had different facelifts, but it has always been "dark" and the new album will be no exception. Musically and lyrically.

Writing a new album is always exciting, we never get bored of writing music, and for me, it is the best part of being in a band. Each album is like a challenge to better ourselves, or at the very least, do something that's different to everyone else. We strive to make the ultimate modern Gothic Metal album, and for me that has nothing to do with the common trend of "romance" & "roses". It should be music to be murdered by."

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Posted: 17.12.2008 by White Winter Sun | Comments (31)

Paradise Lost - "Gothic" Special Edition CD/DVD

Official press release:

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.

The "Gothic" album was recorded in late 1990/early 1991 at the renowned Academy Studios in Yorkshire; a studio responsible for classic recordings from bands such as My Dying Bride, Anathema, Cradle Of Filth and Bal-Sagoth among many others.

Along with the album, this special edition contains a very rare video performance from a 1991 Paradise Lost show (that evening supported by My Dying Bride & Pitch Shifter) and features classic tracks from their first 2 albums.

This release also coincides with the 20 year celebration of the band, in which Paradise Lost teamed up for a handful of very special shows in September with the other leaders of the early nineties doom metal revolution, namely My Dying Bride and Anathema.


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Posted: 20.10.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (11)

Paradise Lost - Drummer Quits, South American Tour Dates Cancelled

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.

I am sure you are aware that the record industry is struggling and I for one have become increasingly disillusioned with the music business as a whole. I feel incredibly lucky to have travelled so much in my career. I have so many fantastic memories and have had a ton of priceless experiences. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and I wouldn't change anything. However to have survived in this business for so long has meant great sacrifice and I have had to move the goalposts over the years to help make things happen and try and survive through some pretty hard times. More and more is being taken away and it is getting harder and harder to make excuses for why I do this.

We toured so hard this past year, we were basically away for five out of six months and are still out as we speak. In past years I wouldn't be bothered but as a 37 year old man with a family now for me it has just been too tough. My sons are 1 and 3 and being away from them has just been too painful. I asked myself if I could see myself leaving them again for a three month stretch and the answer was no; I couldn't. I realised there was no point in having a family if I wasn't there and that is how it has to be. Sad as it is, losing my brother two years ago showed me that there is no point in having regrets or feeling that you should have said more or done more. Carpe Diem and all that.

Coincidentally whilst I was thinking about my future I confided in my best friend who ended up offering me a job which will provide me with a good career and future which for a 37 year old man with nothing but drumming behind him was an offer too good to pass up.

I appreciate the timing of my departure is terrible but September 1st was the start date for the job and I must go through with that.


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Posted: 13.08.2008 by abattoir | Comments (13)

Paradise Lost - E-Card Online

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, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway and Rest Of Europe: May 26th.


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Posted: 22.05.2008 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Paradise Lost - Four Live Tracks Online

Paradise Lost have issued the following update on their official MySpace:

"As from today, you can preview four new tracks from the upcoming Paradise Lost DVD, "The Anatomy Of Melancholy" - which is due to be released next month.

The tracks were recorded at the Koko club in London on April 12th 2007. The audio was mixed by producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with artists such as Opeth, Soilwork and Katatonia."

The four tracks are as follows:

01. Sweetness
02. Pity The Sadness
03. No Celebration
04. Say Just Words


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Posted: 27.04.2008 by SlaytallicA | Comments (2)

Paradise Lost - New Video Online

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 by clicking here!


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Posted: 17.09.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Paradise Lost - Entire New Album Streaming Online

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.

Click for full Paradise Lost album stream here.


Source: Century Media Newsletter
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Posted: 13.05.2007 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Paradise Lost - Release E-Card With New Songs And Video

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:

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).

The video for 'The Enemy', directed by Edward 209, can already be watched at the Ecard's media section, so make sure you check out this fantastic clip!

Furthermore, you can find out more about the new album by reading a detailed "track by track" feature done by the band themselves, check their upcoming tour dates, win some exclusive Paradise Lost items, and much more.

You can view the e-card by clicking here.


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Posted: 19.04.2007 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Paradise Lost - Two New Songs Online

Paradise Lost have posted a medley of two new tracks, 'The Enemy' and 'Beneath Black Skies,' to their official MySpace page.

The tracks are taken from the band's forthcoming release "In Requiem", which is set for a June 5th US release.


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Posted: 28.03.2007 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Paradise Lost - Single Preview Online

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 masterly new Paradise Lost opus "In Requiem" will be released on May 21st, 2007 in Europe.


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Posted: 22.03.2007 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Paradise Lost - Join Nightwish On N. American Tour

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."

Here's the schedule:

10/15 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
10/16 Philadelphia, PA @ the Trocadero
10/18 New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
10/20 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/21 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/23 Toronto, ON @ The Docks
10/24 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
10/26 Detroit, MI @ Harpos Concert Theatre
10/27 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
10/28 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/31 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
11/1 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/2 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
11/4 Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
11/6 Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
11/7 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/8 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/10 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/11 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom
11/12 Houston, TX @ Meridian
11/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
11/15 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
11/17 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade


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Event: Nightwish + Paradise Lost: North American Tour
Posted: 14.03.2007 by Thryce | Comments (5)