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REVIEW OF THE NEW ALBUM OF PARADISE LOST ‘THE PLAGUE WITHIN”

Paradise Lost - The Plague Within

Paradise Lost is one of the pioneers of the death/doom  and after gothic metal and now they return with their 14th album “The Plague Within”. In this album seems Paradise Lost   try to make their sound like the glorious past. Maybe the collaboration of the vocalist  Nick Holmes with Bloodbath and the involvement of the guitarist Gregor Mackintosh with Vallenfyre make them to decide for return in their originals roots.The vocals of Nick Holmes are stunning ,he use both growls and gloomy harsh vocals with the sorrowful mourn clean vocals.Some songs remind to us the diamond album “Draconian Times” and some others the album “Tragic Idol”. The band from Halifax is still alive after 27 active years and they are still the leaders in our genre. The tracks of the album are ten  and more than the half of them are highlights of the whole music production of Paradise Lost.Songs like “no Hope In Sight” , An Eternity Of Lies “, “Flesh from Bone ” ,”Punishment Through Time”, “Cry Out” are excellent pieces. Musicians like Nick Holmes and Gregor Mackintosh are already legends.

Let’s see track by track the songs of the album :

1. “No Hope in Sight”:

The track starts with growls which turn to clean vocals of Nick Holmes>Heavy guitar riffs and backing thumping drums. The lyrics are very much depressive and they are a view the quickly pass of the life.Very strong piece!

RUNNING TIME: 4.54

RATING : 9/10

2. “Terminal”:

Opens with thumping drums and doom – death vocals.Traditional doomy track with Greg’s riffing to follow the old original path of Paradise Lost.

RUNNING TIME: 4.28

RATING : 8.5/10

3. “An Eternity of Lies” :

Beginning with catchy melody , very atmospheric with some symphonic elements and the vocals  both clean and harsh guide the song with dramatic tone.A very good piece with great guitar solo and strong drums.

RUNNING TIME: 5.58

RATING : 10/10

4. “Punishment Through Time” :

Strong guitar riffs open the track , to enter the wild vocals.The song is recycling the old sound of Paradise Lost.

RUNNING TIME: 5.13

RATING : 8.5/10

5. “Beneath Broken Earth” :

Slow deadly and doom sound remind to us the first times of this great band. The  melody is full of sorrow and melancholy feeling.Listen carefully the screamy voice of Nick Holmes : “Hail to nothingness.You wish to die! ” the mournfully growls make you feel massive doom.

RUNNING TIME: 6.09

RATING : 10/10

6. “Sacrifice the Flame” :

Here the vocals switching from  dense clean to depressive growls. The song sounding like the period of the albums “Icon” and Draconian Times”.

RUNNING TIME: 4.42

RATING : 10/10

7. “Victim of the Past” :

One very dramatic song, behind the harsh vocals hide the pain  and behind the melodic clean voice hide the haunting morbid desperation. The orchestration here is very affectionate.

RUNNING TIME: 4.29

RATING : 10/10

8. “Flesh from Bone” :

One very dark track maybe the most death metal sounding piece.Original Paradise Lost sound with great riffs and thunder drums and here Nick Holmes bring back his old growls of the early band years.

RUNNING TIME: 4.19

RATING : 8.5/10

9. “Cry Out” :

This track has rocking  stoner metal sound with harsh vocals and some clean baritone vocals.Also here we have a lot of gothic metal elements.

RUNNING TIME: 4.31

RATING : 9/10

10. “Return to the Sun” :

The last song of the album starts with choir under effects of the sound of rain with thunders, to enter the harsh vocals.The best choice to end the album in the path of doom / goth metal , with perfect guitar riffs.

RUNNING TIME: 5.44

RATING : 10/10

Finally Paradise Lost come back with a great album. The and change a lot direction but in very good back up way.They continue their death/doom  path and really give us the taste what a more epic will be the next album.The album “The  Plague Within” highly recommended to all the fans old and new of this big band.Really I can’t wait for their upcoming live show in Greece the next month.

RATING : 9.35/10

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