Paradise Lost – Medusa

by Lucas Di Mascio on September 26, 2017
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Paradise Lost is one of those bands where you never know what you are going to get with each release. Going from slow melodic death/doom metal with slight symphonic elements- thus creating the “Gothic Metal” genre, to the “Pink Floyd does Sabbath” style in their Draconian Times release early in their career set the bar for how diverse this band truly is. The middle of their career was lush with experimentation, playing around with lots of synths in Host and going in a grunge/alternative inspired bout with Believe In Nothing and Symbol of Life, the band formally returned to their metal roots with 2005’s self-titled album, the band has gotten progressively heavier- and progressively more raw with each subsequent release.

They’ve stripped away a lot of the production in favour of a more rough and raw sound that is reminiscent to the album that’s credited to sparking the Gothic Metal genre back in 1991. The album sounds like a progression of the band’s previous release, “The Plague Within”, but even more raw and more doomladen. The guitars, while clear sounding thanks to the terrific mixing job, still have a lot of grunge and rawness to them that could pass for an old school black metal recording. Nick Holmes’ vocals have never sounded so good- his return to the growling vocal style has really added a much needed extra flavour to Paradise Lost’s dynamics, and though his death metal vocals don’t sound as energetic as many modern bands’ do, the old and tired rasp of his voice fits perfectly with feel of the rest of the music.

The album is only 8 songs long (10 if you have the special edition), and it honestly leaves the listener waiting for more. There’s a few songs that seem to plod on for a bit too long in the first half of the album, and it’s odd that the most energetic track (and the single I might add) “Blood and Chaos” is the second last song on the album, but it’s refreshing to hear metal music in this day and age that’s so uniquely “dirty sounding”. A lot of metal these days is focused on being pristine and over the top with lots of production in the studio, this takes listeners back to a time when independent metal bands were forced to record with what paltry budget they had with whatever gear they could scrape up- and it’s performed by the masters of melancholy and grime, experts in shape shifting sound.

If you were a fan of Paradise Lost’s early work and enjoyed “The Plague Within”, then this is a must have album, but it can be off putting to the fans of their lighter sounding material. 

Line-up:
Nick Holmes | Vocals
Greg Mackintosh | Lead guitar
Aaron Aedy | Rhythm guitar
Steve Edmondson | Bass guitar
Waltteri Väyrynen | Drums

 

 

Tracklist:
1. Fearless Sky 8:30
2. Gods Of Ancient 5:50
3. From The Gallows 3:41
4. The Longest Winter 4:31
5. Medusa 6:20
6. No Passage For The Dead 4:16
7. Blood and Chaos 3:51
8. Until The Grave 5:41

– Bonus Tracks –
9. Shrines
10. Symbolic Virtue

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