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Paradise Lost - New Live DVD

Draconian Times MMXI, the brand-new upcoming live DVD featuring UK's gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost, is set to be released on November 11th through Century Media Records.

The two-disc DVD (Live CD incl.) features a live performance at The Forum in London, UK, which took place on April 1st, a full tour documentary, interviews with the band members and two promo videos.

Pre-sales are available until August 29th over at CMDistro.


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Posted: 01.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (4)

Ghost - To Support Paradise Lost On Tour

Swedish Psychedelic metal band Ghost has been confirmed to take the support slot on Paradise Lost's Draconian Times Tour - a short tour in celebration of the reissue of the band's seminal 1995 album Draconian Times.

Comments Paradise Lost: "We are pleased to announce the main support act for the Draconian Times Tour 2011 (mainland Europe only) will be Ghost! We are extremely excited to have them onboard and fans ourselves of their music. You can listen to them and read more about them on MySpace.

Unfortunately they can't play Greece but we will be announcing the support bands for Greece soon."

Draconian Times Live Shows:

March 18th - Fuzz - Athens, Greece (no Ghost)
March 19th - Fuzz - Athens, Greece (no Ghost)
March 20th - Principal - Thessaloniki, Greece (no Ghost)
March 29th - Tivoli - Utrecht, Holland
March 30th - Bataclan - Paris, France
March 31st - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
April 1st - The Forum - London, UK


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Event: Paradise Lost: Draconian Times Tour
Posted: 15.02.2011 by __SpOO__ | Comments (3)

Paradise Lost - Draconian Times Reissue, Tour Dates

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.

Due to the unique and exciting nature of these events we will be issuing a small, limited number of VIP packages at all seven concerts. These will include:

VIP laminate and lanyard
The opportunity to meet and greet the band
Have your photo taken with Paradise Lost
Access to a closed sound-check before the gig
Early access to the concert
VIP goody bag (PL draw-string bag containing an exclusive T-Shirt and other exciting memorabilia)

VIP tickets will be exclusively available from the band's website website and go on general sale on Friday 19th November 2010. Please remember there are a very limited number of these highly sought after tickets available so we urge you to buy early to avoid disappointment. Fans will get special pre-sale access to tickets on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th November via the official Paradise Lost website, so check back here then for this exclusive offer!

Frontman Nick Holmes had this to say: "It's going to be amazing to play the Draconian Times shows again, DT was a huge success for the band; it seemed to be exactly the right album to do at the right time and to a certain degree was definitely the end of a chapter for the band. We always considered the album to be a "better" version of its predecessor Icon and using Simon Effemy again for the third time, I think we were all on the same hymn sheet and knew exactly what we wanted and what the album should sound like.

We had done a pretty extensive touring schedule for the Icon album before it, and there was already a decent buzz around about the band, In the 1990s without the Internet you could only really gauge how things were going once you walked onto the stage and saw how the crowd responded to songs! But after the DT album was released the response was phenomenal. Knowing that DT is still considered by many as being among their favourite albums of all time fills me with great pride, and I'm very grateful to have been part of it all and now having the chance to be here again playing it in its entirety is phenomenal. We are all very excited and can't wait to do the shows live, I really hope we see you all there and you have as much fun as us!"


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Event: Paradise Lost: Draconian Times Tour
Posted: 16.11.2010 by Array | Comments (16)

Paradise Lost - Australian Mini-Tour Cancelled

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


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Event: Paradise Lost + Sirenia - Australian Tour 2010 [CANCELLED]
Posted: 17.03.2010 by JosipS | Comments (6)

Paradise Lost - New Video Online

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."


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Posted: 20.11.2009 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Paradise Lost - Guitarist To Sit Out Tour, Select Dates Cancelled

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.

The band commented: "We apologise in advance to those of you who will be joining us for the European dates and will no doubt be disappointed by Greg's absence. However, I am sure you will appreciate this unfortunate situation was unavoidable and everyone is doing everything they can to ensure the shows run as smoothly as possible."

Now the band has announced the following: "As some of you maybe aware, we have had to use a stand in guitarist (Milly Evans) to replace Greg Mackintosh for a few dates due to a serious illness within Greg's family. We did this with the sole purpose to prevent having to cancel any shows and to avoid disappointing fans that had already bought tickets and were looking forward to the concerts.

So it is with great regret that we have to unavoidably announce that some gigs must be postponed for now and rescheduled as soon as possible. This is due to prior commitments Milly Evans has with his own band. We are working round these to fly him back and forth wherever possible to minimise any disruption to the tour, but we ask you to bear with us in this difficult time. The list of gigs to be postponed are as follows:

03rd Dec - Romania
04th Dec - Bulgaria
05th Dec - Croatia
10th Dec - Switzerland
11th Dec - Germany
12th Dec - Switzerland

If there are any further up-dates we will bring them to you as soon as possible. Thanks again for your understanding."

Band profile: Paradise Lost
Event: Paradise Lost: European Tour
Posted: 14.11.2009 by Fastolphbolger | Comments (1)

Paradise Lost - Entire New Album Streaming

The new Paradise Lost album Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us that is set to be released on September the 28th 2009 is currently streaming in its entirety on the band's myspace page.

The band's myspace page can be found at this location:

Or follow this link for the myspace player directly:


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Posted: 18.09.2009 by Baz Anderson | Comments (15)

Paradise Lost - Third New Song And Video Online

Original news, posted on 28.08.2009

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."

Vocalist Nick Holmes adds: "This song has a more 'old School' PL feel, particularly in the arrangement, and is definitely one of the most aggressive and instant tracks on the album. I find that aggressive vocals only work if the music is equally as aggressive and this is a good example. It was nice to write a song that ventures off musically for a few minutes before tying in at the end. A style we haven't done for quite some time. Lyrically this song deals with pushing problems away, burying one's head in the sand, something we all do at times I guess, but when people do it perpetually, it's a problem."

Also the title track of the album and another song called "As Horizons End" are available for streaming on the band's MySpace.

UPDATE (thanks to 13767)

"Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us", the new video from UK metallers Paradise Lost, has been made available online. The brand new video clip was created by Nathan T Heys / Link Productions.

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


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Posted: 07.09.2009 by Gothickque | Comments (6)

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."


Band profile: Paradise Lost
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

Band profile: Paradise Lost
Event: Paradise Lost: European Tour
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."


Band profile: Paradise Lost
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).


Band profile: Paradise Lost
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."

Band profile: Paradise Lost
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.


Band profile: Paradise Lost
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.


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Posted: 13.08.2008 by abattoir | Comments (13)