Rating:
9.0
Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
20 April 2012


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]


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.

This album is such a pleasure to listen to, the main thing that I love about Paradise Lost are their doomy riffs, Tragic Idol is in a lot of sense an album that goes back to their roots but in a matured fashion. Paradise Lost has become more and more melodic, this is shown through many of the songs but most in "Worth Fighting For".

The first glimpse I had for this album was the song "Crucify" that they released 2 months prior to the release of the album on the 23rd of April. "Crucify" is such a chunky song, there is so much balls behind this song, the guitars and vocals together just make you want to get out of your seat and bang your fucking head, especially at 2:34 with the vocals roar of "CRUCIFY" this slow tempo classic doom riff made the hairs stick up on my arms.

The next highlight on this album is the music video track of "Honesty in Death" this song is as easy to headbang to as "Crucify" but this song just chugs along with so much power..as I say of this kind of track, it is a great walking song. The melodic guitars on this song contrast perfectly with the chugging of the rhythm. The song "Worth Fighting for" as mentioned before is fantastic the melody is perfect, the song has a such a fantastic structure to it that makes for such a powerful, epic feel.

For lovers of old-school Paradise Lost, this album is for you as the rich melodies and fantastic vocal work makes for an album that comes close to the album of 2012. I recommend this album to anyone who likes Gothic, Doom, Melody or bands like Metallica (old-school) I guarantee you will love this album.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 10


Band profile: Paradise Lost
Album: Tragic Idol


 


written by Drummer149 | 11.09.2012


Guest review disclaimer:
This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

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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Sorrow - 11.09.2012 at 07:40  
Wow ...My best in this album is "In this we DWELLLLL"! \m/
Daniell - 11.09.2012 at 17:52  
As much as I like Paradise Lost, I can't understand how people can praise their new albums to high heavens.
Dark†SymphonY - 11.09.2012 at 19:54  
I agree with Daniell, i prefer their previous albums to this. I feel that there is a lack of atmosphere in many of the songs and much less memorable after a few listens. But still, Paradise Lost have made a worthy album.
Passenger - 12.09.2012 at 02:09  
This album is excellent, in my opinion. I don't think this is that far from Gothic for example, it's riff-based, mid-tempo, back to basics, catchy metal with great vocals and lyrics. I think what separated them from Anathema and My Dying Bride from the start is a sense of anger beneath the melancholy, they sound less despondent than the first and less miserabilist than the second, and I get that from this album.
D.a.n - 27.09.2012 at 11:06  
Written by Daniell on 11.09.2012 at 17:52

As much as I like Paradise Lost, I can't understand how people can praise their new albums to high heavens.


For some unknown reason, there seem to be two groups of people - those who like the album very much and those who find it dangerously boring.

After first listen I was like: Not bad, but only like 2 stand-out tracks. After many more listens, I actually started to like the album VERY much. Glad it works for me but I can understand those who find it boring...
Daniell - 27.09.2012 at 13:56  
Written by D.a.n on 27.09.2012 at 11:06

For some unknown reason, there seem to be two groups of people - those who like the album very much and those who find it dangerously boring.

After first listen I was like: Not bad, but only like 2 stand-out tracks. After many more listens, I actually started to like the album VERY much. Glad it works for me but I can understand those who find it boring...


Perhaps I should give the album a few more listens then

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