Paradise Lost
In Requiem


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
February 7th, 2008 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Paradise Lost finally make an actual return to past influences after promising it for the last two albums and only slightly delivering.

I like Paradise Lost, but I have no problem stating that there was a time when they had lost their way. Don’t get me wrong, I like their trilogy of Depeche Mode-inspired albums, but not at the expense of their original Doom-inspired material. It was that mindset that made me excited to hear that they were returning to their Metal roots on the album Symbol of Life and then again on their subsequent self-titled album. Both of those releases turned out to be good solid albums, and they were a slight return to their Metal roots, but something always seemed to be missing, and that something has finally returned with their third album since bringing back the Metal.

On the previous two albums they did bring back a more organic drum sound, distorted riffs, and slightly aggressive vocals, but it still seemed to be missing something that made their earlier material as good as it was. This album has brought back those missing elements which were heavy riffs, Nick Holmes’ deep-goth vocals as well as his James Hetfield-inspired growl, morose guitar melodies, and an overall darker atmosphere. The first song doesn’t waste any time showing off all of these things and more. It has the Doom melodies of Icon, the heavy riffing of Draconian Times, the dark atmosphere of Shades of God, and it wraps them all up in a modern approach that doesn’t make them sound dated or simply copies of their past.

The songs following the opener aren’t all as strong, but they do still retain the same basic elements, at least. Their first single, “The Enemy”, features female backing vocals, another excellent Doom-inspired lead guitar melody played over chunky riffs, and a chorus that will easily get stuck in your head. Even though “The Enemy” was chosen as their first single, the song that truly defines this album is, “Beneath Black Skies”. It starts with a piano melody and keyboard sounds, before getting into the main section of the song which, once again, features an excellent heavy guitar riff with another guitar melody played over it. It also includes all of Nick Holmes’ vocal styles to give this song a varied feel and another chorus that will stick in your head. Overall, this song and the album are finally the return to form that they’ve been promising.

With all of this talk about a return to their past, a paragraph has to be devoted to those that got into the band during their Depeche Mode era, because I’m sure they’d be wondering if Paradise Lost has, once again, completely changed and ignored their past outputs. Fortunately, for those people I can say that it isn’t totally the case. The increased use of keyboards and emphasis on memorable choruses is still apparent, but despite their catchiness they have definitely lost their Pop influence. Nick Holmes still also occasionally does his best Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) impression on this album, but it is mixed with his older vocal styles. Basically, if the album you really love by these guys is Host then you are warned to approach this with caution.

Most people know of Paradise Lost simply because they’re always mentioned when people speak of the front-runners of the original Doom scene, but despite their return to the past, this couldn’t be considered Doom by any means (although the song “Praise Lamented Shade” comes very close). The sound that modern day Paradise Lost present is one of a Metal band with a huge amount of influence coming from the Gothic Rock and Doom scenes, and they do it very well. For anyone who got turned off of this band when they released One Second, this may finally be the album to bring you back into their fold. For those that have never heard Paradise Lost, this could also be a good place to start, as long as they keep in mind that somewhere around Icon and Draconian Times lies their actual musical peak.



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Willie
Moderator
February 7th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If this review seems disjointed it is because I had written it completely and then accidentally deleted it with that damn White Lion review that turned out to already have another one anyway.... so this review was written with a slight bit of frustration which may or may not impact the quality.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

cometuesday
February 7th 2008


959 Comments


Admittedly I've never heard of these guys man but I know I'm really not too fond of Depeche Mode... I'll have to avoid those albums if I ever get into these guys.

Willie
Moderator
February 7th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I actually like Depeche Mode and Paradise Lost's 3 albums that are heavily influenced by them... it's just I like PL's Metal and Doom albums more...

BallsToTheWall
February 7th 2008


44785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, see this album often but never heard this band.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Willie
Moderator
February 7th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Next time you see it you should think about giving it a chance... there's two songs from the new album on their Myspace page too:
http://www.myspace.com/paradiselostuk

Altmer
February 7th 2008


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have yet to hear this but I really like Draconian Times. I hear this harks back to that album.

Willie
Moderator
February 7th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It really does... check out the two songs from this album that are on their Myspace page.

BallsToTheWall
February 7th 2008


44785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Songs are pretty impressive. Only reason why I never got aroud to it was becuase it was 18 bucks. Not payin that unless it's an import. Amazon away.

Willie
Moderator
February 7th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool... if you want to hear one of their best songs off of their best album (Icon), check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCxFEGXbF9k

Confessed2005
February 7th 2008


3314 Comments


I've been meaning to check this out for ages. Paradise Lost were awesome when I saw them support Opeth a while back.

Det_Nosnip
February 7th 2008


374 Comments


This is a great album...I agree, it is nice to hear PL return to form. The first 5 or so tracks are gold, although the album does sorta drag after that. I remember being totally surprised when I heard "Never For the Damned" and "Requiem," though...those are the heaviest tracks PL has done since like...Shades of God!

Willie
Moderator
February 7th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it's a shame that this album has been overlooked by most Metal fans (even previous Paradise Lost fans), but it's their own fault for making such a departure for so long...

Wizard
February 7th 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well described review for this album. I listened to this back in the fall and I was slightly disappointed. Probably because this is doom, which I can't get into. I try constantly and I haven't been able to.

Digging: Earth - Primitive and Deadly

Willie
Moderator
February 7th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, no one can say that you never gave the genre a chance... if it's not your thing, then it's not your thing. Did you ever try the Beyond Dawn songs on the review page?

Wizard
February 7th 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will keep trying. Their will be a Doom band that will click one day. I enjoy new Moonspell (if thats what you would consider Doom?)
I just replied to that. I checked them out a few nights ago. I like some of their more electronic stuff than their doom stuff hahahaha.

Amputee
February 29th 2008


207 Comments


I have been enjoying this album a lot as of late, I think they have created a new sound by mixing the old doom style with the their more synth oriented work, example : "unreachable"

BallsToTheWall
March 27th 2008


44785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album. The Enemy is one of the best singles i've heard in some time. What is their best work, the doomiest to date?

Willie
Moderator
March 27th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The best material that still has the doom element is Icon...

Kaleid
July 21st 2008


711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a great album. Nice review too, I particularly agree with the last line. Icon is cool

BallsToTheWall
September 26th 2008


44785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never For The Damned, Praise Lamented Shade, and Fallen Children are ace. Album is real, real good although I prefer it over Gothic. Perfect night driving album too.



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