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Paradise Lost

Formed: 1987
From: Halifax, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Paradise Lost News

Below is our complete Paradise Lost news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Paradise Lost Premieres New Song & Music Video

Paradise Lost premieres a new song and music video entitled "Blood & Chaos", taken from the upcoming new album "Medusa", which will be released on September 01st.

Check out now "Blood & Chaos" below.

Explains video director Ash Pears: More...

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Paradise Lost Posts First "Medusa" Trailer Clip

The countdown to "Medusa" is on! The album from U.K. death/doom pioneer Paradise Lost drops on September 1st via Nuclear Blast. The band issued the first in a series of trailer clips leading up to the album's release.

In the first, the band showcases the recording process for "Medusa." The track listing for the album is:

1. Fearless Sky
2. Gods of Ancient
3. From the Gallows
4. The Longest Winter (lyric video available here)
5. Medusa
6. No Passage for the Dead
7. Blood & Chaos
8. Until the Grave
9. Frozen Illusion
10. Shrines
11. Symbolic Virtue

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Paradise Lost Fortells "The Longest Winter"

U.K.'s Paradise Lost issued a lyric video for the new song "The Longest Winter." The song is the first single from the upcoming new album "Medusa," which is set to drop on September 1st via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Medusa" is:

1. Fearless Sky
2. Gods of Ancient
3. From the Gallows
4. The Longest Winter
5. Medusa
6. No Passage for the Dead
7. Blood & Chaos
8. Until the Grave
9. Frozen Illusion
10. Shrines
11. Symbolic Virtue

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Vallenfyre Premieres New Music Video

Crusty death/doom metal outfit Vallenfyre premieres a new music video for "The Merciless Tide", taken from the band's brand new album "Fear Those Who Fear Him", out in stores now via Century Media. The video was directed by Ash Pears (Paradise Lost, Bloodbath).

Check out now "The Merciless Tide" below.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Gregor Mackintosh (also Paradise Lost): More...

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Paradise Lost Unveils "Medusa" Artwork & Date

Today, U.K.'s Paradise Lost proclaimed: "We can now announce that our new album »Medusa« will be released on 1st September via Nuclear Blast!"

The album artwork (shown below) was created by Branca Studio and shows the infamous Gorgone, Medusa, from Greek mythology, carrying venomous snakes as hair and turning everyone into stone who would dare to look into her eyes.

Greg Mackintosh comments: "Whilst we were writing 'Medusa' and realising what the new songs were becoming, we had to find an artist to reflect this direction. After searching around for a while, I found Branca Studios. They have a keen eye for design and their modern take on retro artwork really fit the bill. What they have come up with is a blending of colourful yet retro styling, whilst maintaining the classic Paradise Lost feel."

Nick Holmes added: "I was intrigued about a greater meaning and thinking more along the lines of what Medusa represents metaphorically. Medusa as a title works in many ways. From a nihilist perspective, when I read the description of 'medusa' on the wikipedia page: 'Attempts to avoid looking into Medusa's eyes represents avoiding the ostensibly depressing reality that the universe is meaningless' - the title was pretty much in the bag!"

There will be a special release show on 1st September in Stuttgart at LKA Longhorn where the album will be performed in its entirety.

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Vallenfyre Premieres New Song "An Apathetic Grave"

Crusty death / doom outfit Vallenfyre premieres a new song entitled "An Apathetic Grave", taken from the upcoming new album "Fear Those Who Fear Him", which will be out in stores June 02nd via Century Media.

Check out now "An Apathetic Grave" below.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Gregor Mackintosh (also Paradise Lost): More...

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Paradise Lost Records New Album

Iconic U.K. metal crew Paradise Lost is now putting the final touches on an upcoming album recorded at Orgone Studios in the misty countryside of Woburn, England. Together with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, Paradise Lost has now forged the follow-up to 2015 release "The Plague Within" (reviewed here).

This time, Paradise Lost will haunt fans with a heavy, doom-ridden monster, as lead guitarist and songwriter Greg Mackintosh reveals: “The new album will be slower, sludgier and more doom filled than ever before. Eight riff laden monster tracks of sheer Northern misery.”

This 15th studio album from Paradise Lost will see the light of day at the end of summer via Nuclear Blast and is entitled "Medusa."Watch out for new details about the album being revealed soon. More...

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Paradise Lost Cancels Tour Due To Brexit

This week, British Prime Minister Teresa May triggered the Article 50 clause in the European Union membership rules, triggering the departure of Great Britain from the EU. While the long term economic and social effects may not be seen for some time, one section of people already struggling are lesser known musical acts from Britain, with gothic metal band Paradise Lost, indie rockers Elbow and rapper Stormzy already having to cancel scheduled shows in the continent due to travel restrictions.

Membership of the European Union grants the right of free movement to the citizens of the included countries and as such, the ability to work in other member states. The uncertainty created by the decision of the referendum held last year in the United Kingdom has led to promoters being unable to assure artists that planned shows will go ahead and in many cases, scrapping scheduled dates altogether.

One band hit hardest and said to be most outraged by the events is Scottish "pirate metal" group Alestorm. As Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union, the band feel that they are being punished for something their nation didn't do and thus are being unfairly deprived of paying gigs.

More on this story as it develops.

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Fall Of Summer Reveals Final Band Additions

The Fall Of Summer team is proud to announce the last seven bands of the third edition's line up. The festival's organizers comment:

"So we will start with two bands from the 70s. For the first one, formed in 1972 if you don't recall their name, you will certainly remember their music, as the Italian progressive rock band Claudio Simonetti's Goblin is known for their soundtrack work for films like 'Suspiria,' 'Dawn of the Dead,' 'Profondo Rosso' and we know already that their performance on the Blackwater stage with it's natural amphitheater, the video screening and the lake behind will be one of the highlights of the festival.

"Another band you would be a fool to miss and we are glad to announce is Riot V. If you search for heavy speed ,etal at its best don't search further and just enjoy a pure metal moment with a band that hasn't played in France for so long that we had to do something.

"Let's move to the 80's with two great and solid bands who have always been a reference in their countries, with Heavy Metal french representatives ADX and polish death metal masters Vader. Two bands that don't need introduction and who will as always provide a kick ass gig.

"If we now look at the 90's, we are thrilled to remind you the birth of funeral doom in Finland and announce that, one of its pioneers, Skepticism will join us, or another crucial band that we needed to bring to Fall Of Summer and to France for the first time. More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Adrian Erlandsson Parts With Paradise Lost

Last year it was announced that Adrian Erlandsson would be missing upcoming tour dates with Paradise Lost, and now that temporary situation has become a permanent split. Adrian comments:

"For the ones that don't already know, I am no longer playing with Paradise Lost. When 'The Plague Within' was released last year I was in the middle of gigs with At The Gates and The Haunted.

"Since I couldn't make all the gigs for the new album, it made sense for PL to have someone that can be there the whole time, which I couldn't. I want to thank everyone in the band and management.

"It has been an amazing ride playing with one of my favourite bands and I feel very proud of the work we did together. This is the last video I did with the band." More...

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Paradise Lost Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Iconic UK metal act Paradise Lost has signed a worldwide deal with German-based metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast Records.

Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 and still boasting 4 of its 5 original members, the band are widely-credited with co-founding the gothic metal genre with the sophomore album, 'Gothic' (1991). Through the years, Paradise Lost changed styles effectively and reinvented the the sound again and again. The band elbowed its way from the original melodic death metal sound on 'Lost Paradise' (1990) to the classic 'Icon' (1993) and even more on the experimental 'One Second' (1997). Finally, the band went back to the roots with the current release, 'The Plague Within' (2015) achieving some of the best album reviews of its career.

Vocalist Nick Holmes commented: "Paradise Lost's career has run alongside Nuclear Blast Records since the label began in the late 80's. And as huge fans of original death metal, we still have the majority of the label's first releases from those very early days. It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years, both in Europe and America and now, nearly 30 years later, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"

Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger added: "As a fan from day one I've been following Paradise Lost ever since their death metal era, but have also enjoyed watching them grow into something even bigger and so unique. They defined and later on re-defined the gothic genre and always delivered the most dark and memorable songs. It's a great pleasure to finally welcome the band to the ever-growing Nuclear Blast family! Needless to say that we're very much looking forward to this partnership!"

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal, Day Two: "The Marathon Day"

I woke around 7am – excited for what was not only the first full day of the cruise…but what I hoped would be the most concerts I’ve ever attended in any single day of my life. It was all mapped out…but the question is – would the pool deck be ready?

I headed up to Deck 12 to assess the situation…and once I made it to the yellow police tape, I realized – here we go again. In 2015, the high winds at sea forced the crew to abandon building the pool deck stage (the largest at sea) until the morning. It took them until 6pm to get it ready for Soulfly’s set, forcing all other shows to be reworked indoors. This year, the plan going in seemed to be to rework the shows where available – likely at the end of the evening within the venues inside. I recalled my joke to Siegfried Sammer of Visions of Atlantis – “I’ll see you at 10am…IF – and that’s a big IF…the pool deck is ready.” Well, it appears the jinx was on because Visions of Atlantis would be bumped to Saturday. The guard told me that 11:30am was the target time for completion, which is still way better than 2015. More...

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Paradise Lost Posts "Terminal" Video

Just before heading out to sea as part of the 2016 installment of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, the British goth metal pioneers from Paradise Lost have released a brand new video for the track “Terminal.”

The "Terminal" track is taken from Paradise Lost's latest Century Media release, “The Plague Within” (reviewed here), which was named our best album of 2015.

The video was produced and directed by Oliver Barth for visions-in-fear.de and filmed at a special fan event at the Forum in Bielefeld, Germany on August 17th, 2015. More...

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
Arkona
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Novembers Doom, Nervosa Named For 70,000 Tons

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this Thursday, and promoters UMC have announced all but one act to complete the lineup with the latest additions: Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation.

The clue to the 60th band to be announced is "jewel" and begins with a "D."

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation join the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup Closer To Complete

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal is about to set sail next Thursday, and promoters UMC are inching closer to completing the lineup - the latest addition is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer)'s new act Dead Cross.

Other additions include: Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. Also, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Dead Cross, Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia join the following previously named acts (with 9 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Eluveitie Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 41 bands of the 60 revealed. Three more acts (Hint: from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden) will be added this week.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Eluveitie joins the following previously named acts (with 19 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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