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Paradise Lost

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

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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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Metal Daze: The Metalcamp Diaries, Part II

... Continued from Part I...

TUESDAY 8/7

9… something… am. Or maybe it’s 10, or maybe I’m in Hell. All I know is that the sun has risen, transforming my tent into a “Bridge On The River Kwai” sweatbox and my sleeping bag into a dehydration cocoon. I’m marinating.

Cooking aromas. Eggs frying, a Mediterranean whiff of olive oil, the universal scent of black coffee. Subdued, slow-motion, hung-over camp chatter. An unfamiliar voice: “Mind if I drop in for a meet-and-greet?” Male, low and steady-pitched, Eastern European. Might as well get my ass moving and be social. Also, I’m starving again.

I peel away my constraints, fumbling, slippery, dazed. I unzip the door and gasp for breath. The open air feels cucumber-cool by comparison and prickles my skin.

With nature doing all the work around here, who needs an alarm clock? More...

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Paradise Lost Releases New Music Video

Currently on the road in North America for a first U.S. tour in five years, gothic/doom metallers Paradise Lost are now premiering their new video for "Fear Of Impending Hell" on Loudwire.com.

Taken from their recently released 13th studio album, "Tragic Idol" (reviewed here), "Fear Of Impending Hell" was directed and produced by the band's own Steve Edmondson (bass) and features clips of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage. Watch the video at Loudwire or in the player below.

Paradise Lost is currently on the road with the Devin Townsend Project and Katatonia for the "Epic Kings & Idols Tour." Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Soen Announces Shows With Paradise Lost

Soen, the band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (Ex-Opeth) and bassist Steve DiGiorgio, has issued the following update about heading out on tour with Paradise Lost:

"Friends! We are pleased to announce that we will join Paradise Lost for a European tour in October2012. This has been a long time coming and at last we are thrilled to finally have the chance to meet eye to eye and share our music with you. Hope you can make it to the shows!"

Wed 10/3: Paradise Garage - Lisbon, Portugal
Thu 10.4: Hard Club - Porto, Portugal
Fri 10/5: Penelope - Madrid, Spain
Sat 10/6: Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain
Mon 10/8: Alcatraz - Milano, Italy
Tue 10/9: Orion - Ciampino, Italy
Thu 10/11: PPC - Graz, Austria
Fri 10/12: Metal Invasion Festival - Straubing, Germany
Sat 10/13: Les Docks - Lausanne, Switzerland
Sun 10/14: Kino Siska - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mon 10/15: Boogaloo Club - Zagreb, Croatia
Wed 10/17: Collosseum Club - Kosice, Slovakia
Thu 10/18: Mega Club - Katowice, Poland
Fri 10/19: Proxima - Warsaw, Poland
Sat 10/20: Klub Fleda - Brno, Czech Republic More...

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Bloodstock Festival Live Feed Available

This weekend's Bloodstock Festival is streaming live over at this location and in the player below. At the time of this post, Behemoth's headlining performance is streaming live.

The festival is scheduled for two more days, featuring Chthonic, Testament, Machine Head, Sanctuary and Mayhem on Saturday and Nile, Evile, Black Dahlia Murder, Anvil, Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir and Alice Cooper on Sunday.

Check out the live stream here:


Bloodstock Festival 2012 by BloodstockFestival

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Bloodstock Open Air Trailer Posted Online

This year's edition of the U.K. Bloodstock Open Air Festival is set to take place from August 9th - 12th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of BOA 2012 have now posted a teaser trailer for the event, which can be viewed below.

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Dew-Scented Confirmed For Summer Breeze

This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:

"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!

"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."

The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands to appear at this year's festival:

"After last week’s headliner announcement - where we revealed the mighty Machine Head will be letting fans pick the songs at their first ever UK festival headline slot - Bloodstock and Machine Head are now ready to take requests.

"If you head to Facebook you can now submit your suggestions via a poll. Each fan can pick five songs from Machine Head’s incredible debut 'Burn My Eyes,' and the five most popular tracks will be performed at Catton Hall this summer.

"Bloodstock can also reveal a further three acts for the Sophie Stage and one for the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Headlining the Sophie Stage on Thursday night, raucous rockers Viking Skull bring their loud and proud metal to Bloodstock, alongside Belfast metalheads Sweet Savage. Hotly tipped newcomers Death Valley Knights show why in just a few short months their powerful metal has earned them a much coverted spot at Britain’s most metal festival, and finally Canada’s Kobra & The Lotus make their Bloodstock debut opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday." More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Playing Barge To Hell

The Barge to Hell will sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7th, 2012. The organizers of the floating festival have now issued the following announcement about confirming Corrosion of Conformity for the cruise:

"Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the Barge to Hell, The World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have Corrosion of Conformity! Barge to Hell, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days."

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Paradise Lost Drummer To Miss Shows

Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about drummer Adrian Erlandsson missing upcoming summer shows:

"Due to diary clashes we are sorry to say Adrian Erlandsson won’t be playing with the band when they appear at Costa De Fuego on the 20th July, and also Wacken on the 4th August. However we didn’t want to let anyone down, so we are pleased to welcome back the lovely Jeff Singer as special guest drummer for both these shows!"

Jeff had this to say: "Really looking forward to getting back in the driving seat with my PL pals for a couple of shows. I was really pleased to be asked and am currently removing the cobwebs before winding the shit out of Holmes for a couple of weeks. Bring on the inconvenient flights and expensive airport food. I can't wait. The 'Moanometer' is being charged. See you on the road!"

Paradise Lost is performing in support of new album "Tragic Idol" (reviewed here) and will also be touring alongside Katatonia and The Devin Townsend Project this coming September.

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Paradise Lost Offering Free Sampler

After gracing the June cover of Decibel Magazine and recently releasing 13th studio album, "Tragic Idol" (reviewed here), gothic/doom metallers Paradise Lost will be coming back to the United States this fall with the Devin Townsend Project and Katatonia for the "Epic Kings & Idols Tour."

In addition to new release, six classic Paradise Lost albums will be re-issued by The End Records on August 28th. To celebrate the occasion, Paradise Lost has released a free digital sampler (**limited to 4,400 downloads**) on Metal Sucks.net. Grab the release at this location.

Entitled "Lost In Time," this "greatest hits" sampler features artwork by Anthony Clarkson and is comprised of 1 track from each of Paradise Lost's 13 albums. The track listing is as follows:

"Our Saviour" [Lost Paradise, 1990]
"Eternal" [Gothic, 1991]
"As I Die" [Shades Of God, 1992]
"True Belief" [Icon, 1993]
"Hallowed Land" [Draconian Times, 1995]
"Say Just Words" [One Second, 1997]
"Nothing Sacred" [Host, 1999]
"Mouth" [Believe In Nothing, 2001]
"Erased" [Symbol Of Life, 2002]
"Forever After" [Paradise Lost, 2005]
"The Enemy" [In Requiem, 2007]
"Faith Divides Us" [Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us, 2009]
"Honesty In Death" [Tragic Idol, 2012] More...

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Machine Head To Headline Bloodstock

The 2012 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival will take place this coming August 9th - 12th, and the organizers of the festival have now issued the following statement about confirming Machine Head:

"It is with tremendous excitement that we can now reveal our final headliner to be Oakland metal titans Machine Head, who will make their first ever UK festival headlining appearance on Saturday, August 11th on the RONNIE JAMES DIO main stage.

"Machine Head first graced UK shores in the wake of their landmark debut album 'Burn My Eyes' in 1994 as main support to Slayer. Fan reaction to Machine Head’s signature brand of crushing metal was so intense that the band would return immediately afterward to headline their own sold-out shows at many of the same venues, launching a massive swell of passionate fan support that continues to this day.

"Seven albums, a Grammy nomination and countless tours later, UK fans continue to champion and support Machine Head as feverishly as they did at those first shows, and this year, at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, they will be given the unprecedented opportunity to influence Machine Head’s set list!

"Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Machine Head’s first-ever live performance at their roadie Mike Scum's getting-evicted-from-his-house party - for which they performed five songs – Bloodstocker ticket holders will be given the opportunity to vote for the five 'Burn My Eyes' songs they most want to hear Machine Head play during their headline set Saturday night, with the five that receive the most votes included in the set list (details to follow)!

"Anyone that’s ever witnessed Machine Head live will attest to the fact that the raw, unbridled energy of their performance is unlike anything else you’ll ever see. With countless legendary UK performances already on record, and a first-ever fan-influenced setlist, it goes without saying that Machine Head’s headline set at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 is going to go down in metal history as one of those festival performances that you’ll forever be glad you got to see. Keep an eye on the official Bloodstock Facebook page for your chance to vote on the songs YOU want to hear."

The current Bloodstock lineup is as follows: More...

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The Foreshadowing Added To Summer Breeze Lineup

The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:

"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!

"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"

The festival is set to take place from August 16th - 18th, will full details available at this location. The currently announced bill is as follows: More...

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Stolen Babies Comments On Tour With Katatonia

This September, California avant-garde metal band Stolen Babies will be touring the United States with co-headliners Devin Townsend Project and Katatonia, and special guests Paradise Lost as part of the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” (DTP and Katatonia will alternate in headlining each show). The tour kicks-off in Seattle, WA at Studio 7 on September 4th, 2012 and travels throughout the United States until September 24th when it comes to a close in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live.

“We're very excited about being on this tour with such a great line-up,” states Stolen Babies drummer Gil Sharone. “It's the perfect way to start the touring cycle for our new album that will be released later this year with No Comment Records.”

Stolen Babies will also perform select shows this summer before the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” begins, including a special show with Dredg at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA, the “Gothic Theatre Block Party” in Englewood, CO at Moe’s, and a special headline show at The Metro in Salt Lake City, UT. More...

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Devin Townsend And Katatonia Announce Tour Dates

Canadian extreme metal outfit, The Devin Townsend Project, has announced that the band will be embarking on a co-headlining run of North America this Autumn, along with Swedish metal veterans Katatonia, with whom they will rotate headlining slots. British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost are also on the bill as direct support, with Stolen Babies confirmed as the trek's openers.

Speaking on the tour, Townsend stated: "So after a break in which we've managed to finish the live DVDs from the London shows (‘By A Thread’) as well as our surprisingly epic new record, 'Epicloud'...We're about to start getting into touring mode again, and it pleases me to announce that we'll be with some wonderful bands this Fall. I think this package pretty much covers the gamut of emotional heavy music, and really...It'll be nice to share the stage with some passionate folks who live for their music as much as we do. Again, we can't thank you enough for supporting what we do and allowing us to play for you. It will be nice to catch up, and we hope to see you there!"

Katatonia's Anders Nystrom adds: "A better bill than this will be hard to find!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Municipal Waste Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Municipal Waste is the latest band to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise, following the announcement of Holy Moses earlier this week.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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Holy Moses Added To The Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge to Hell have issued the following announcement about confirming Holy Moses as the latest act to play the cruise:

"Who better to lead them on their journey to the undead than the mighty Holy Moses celebrating their 30th anniversary? Not once, because as you know, they do everything twice. You heard right, twice! Here is how it goes: On December 3rd, 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! For the entire trip it's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

"The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

"The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

"And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following bands have now been announced: More...

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Paradise Lost Enters The European Charts

British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost have entered the album charts in several European countries with their latest studio album, "Tragic Idol" (reviewed here), their first studio release since 2009's, "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us." Amongst the entries are a top ten position in Germany and a top 100 place in their native British charts.

Commenting on the success, vocalist Nick Holmes stated: "Thanks to all our fans for buying our new album. It means a lot that you are still paying for music and not just stealing it – our wives and kids also appreciate it. Looking forward to see all of you on the tour!"

"Tragic Idol" has attained the following chart positions:

UK - # 2 (Rock Charts)
Germany - # 6
Austria - # 15
Switzerland - # 23
Czech Republic - # 27
France - # 30
US - # 32 (Top New Artists/Heatseeker Charts)
Denmark - # 33
UK - # 73 (Album Charts)
Belgium - # 77 (Flemish Charts)
Belgium - # 78 (Wallonian Charts)
Netherlands - # 85

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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More Bands Announced For Barge To Hell

With time running out for booking with promo codes for those who pre-registered, the organizers of Barge To Hell have announced more bands for the extreme metal cruise lineup, ahead of general public ticket sales opening this Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12PM EST.

At The Gates, Belphegor, Kampfar, Soilwork and Solstafir have been added to the lineup, which takes the list of known bands to 21 out of the final 40.

Barge To Hell, from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, will set sail on December 3, 2012 from Miami, cruise to Nassau in the Bahamas, and return to Miami on December 7.

Metal Underground.com contributor Goatlady was on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, and reported on the action here:

70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 1 Report | Day 1 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 2 Report | Day 2 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 3 Report | Day 3 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 4 Report | Day 4 Photos

The full lineup so far is as follows: More...

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Paradise Lost Streaming Entire New Album

To celebrate the group's influential role in the gothic/doom scene and to welcome the upcoming 13th studio album, "Tragic Idol," Paradise Lost is being featured by Decibel Magazine for the June issue cover story as "metal's most underrated band."

"Tragic Idol" is set for release on April 24th in North America and April 23rd in Europe. In the meantime, Paradise Lostfans can listen to "Tragic Idol" in its entirety before the album's North American release tomorrow. Check out the full stream at this location.

For more insight into the album, check out our recent interview with Paradise Lost here. More...

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