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Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol

text: Helena Torstensson

band: Paradise Lost
album: Tragic Idol
genre: doom metal
release: 24 April 2012
label: Century Media

Paradise Lost is formed in 1988 in Halifax, England. Their self titled debut album was released in 1990. Since then they belong at the top of the doom metal scene. Called the ‘Big Three’ together with My Dying Bride and Anathema. ‘Tragic Idol‘ is their thirteenth album.

Solitary One” is the first song on the album.  This slow and demanding song pretty much keeps the same pace all through. The dark vocals are replaced with lighter ones in the chorus and I enjoy this mix. The music and Nick Holmes vocals fit very well together and are building up a dark atmosphere beautifully.

One song that made a lasting impression is “Fear of Impending Hell”, this powerful ballad begins softly yet it is clad in darkness. After two minutes an intense guitar melody sets in; dark and haunting you. Again the combination of light and dark vocal layers create something special. It fits so well with the changes in the music. It really is a pleasure to listen to such a well build up song.

Honestly in Death” is the first single from the album and I think this rough and demanding song, is a great choice. It’s one of my favorites and I simply adore the powerful vocals. The intense music and well produced melody takes it to a higher level. The video is directed by Matt Green.

You need to put the volume up on “In this we Dwell” ; this faster song brings a different energy. Nick Holmes phrase the words perfectly, and all the feelings he manage to transform. In a way the vocals rise up through the music but there is no risk of it drowning him cause as before it’s a perfect mix. The haunting melody and the growling guitars proves that Pardise Lost found a new sound and are ready for the future.


Paradise Lost has created a very interesting album that really demands your attention from the beginning till the end. The songs are varying and yet they all feel connected. Mostly I believe by the dark vocals and music: the energy that flows all through the songs are in such perfect harmony that it’s a pleasure to listen to them all. A well worked out album that fans blindly can buy and for doom metal fans as well.


1. Solitary One
2. Crucify
3. Fear Of Impending Hell
4. Honestly In Death
5. Theories From Another World
6. In This We Dwell
7. To The Darkness
8. Tragic Idol
9. Worth Fighting For
10. The Glorious End

Nick Holmes – Vocals
Greg Mackintosh – Lead Guitar
Aaron Aedy – Rhythm Guitar
Steve Edmondson – Bass Guitar
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums


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  1. 01/05/2012 at 06:11

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