Gothic metal masters PARADISE LOST have locked themselves up in Fascination Studios in snowy Örebro (Sweden) with producer Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Opeth) to record the highly anticipated successor to 2007's "In Requiem". Vocalist Nick Holmes and bassist Steve Edmondson have captured a few impressions from the band's trip to the studio and the first days of the recordings, check them out! More videos will follow soon! #1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBEFhQ4gWeI&feature=channel_page #2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWOG6wgDoLI&feature=channel_page Jens Bogren states: "It's going to be a great album, like the good old days, if I may say so! Intense, diverse riffing with wild drumming, and great songs." After PARADISE LOST celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2008 and released the stunning "The Anatomy Of Melancholy" live DVD/live album you can now look forward to the darkest and heaviest metal album of 2009 coming to you in September via Century Media Records! For further info on PARADISE LOST visit: http://www.paradiselost.co.uk http://myspace.com/paradiselostuk Also visit: http://www.centurymedia.com http://www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope http://www.youtube.com/centurymediaeurope
Gothic metal icons 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 lose 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.”
In 2008, PARADISE LOST celebrate their 20th anniversary and to properly commemorate this event performed several special anniversary shows with fellow British doom/goth pioneers My Dying Bride and Anathema. The band also released the stunning “The Anatomy Of Melancholy” live DVD/live album via Century Media Records this year.
For further info on PARADISE LOST visit: http://www.paradiselost.co.uk http://myspace.com/paradiselostuk
Also visit: http://www.centurymedia.com http://www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope http://www.youtube.com/centurymediaeurope
Paradise Lost from West Yorkshire, UK, formed in 1988 when vocalist Nick Holmes & 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 & 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, 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) & 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 & Anathema.
It's our 20th anniversary, and we want to give away some shirts as a thanks to our fans over the years. We have a special, limited edition 20th anniversary shirt that winners of this contest will get. Ed Stone Rockwear designed the shirts - you can't buy them anywhere!
The winner is chosen for originality and humour. Basically whoever is wearing a Paradise Lost shirt in the weirdest places or the funniest picture-based situations wins our 20 year anniversary shirt.
So if you haven't taken a picture in a weird place with your PL shirt on, get on the next plane to the Aztec ruins or the Egypt pyramids, or Mars... and you might just win another!
To enter, send an email with your picture, name and address to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Yeah! We'll be headed to South America this November for certain. We have found a drummer but we can't name him yet, keep your eyes adjusted to the page to find out who it is.
See you in South America!
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Jeff Singer’s departure
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.
I feel with In Requiem I have gone out on a high. It has been a fantastic two years recording and touring for the album and to tour America with Nightwish the way we did fulfilled a life long dream for me. Not a day goes by now without me thinking about that tour and it will always be with me until the day I die.
I thank everyone involved with Paradise Lost and I wish you heartfelt good luck for the future. I also thank all the great musicians I have played and toured with since 1986 and especially all the fans who have made it all worthwhile. I am sure everyone will understand and respect my decision.