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Paradise Lost

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

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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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Sunday Old School: Paradise Lost

Ask any fan of gothic metal to name a band which the genre couldn't have survived without, and chances are you will always hear the name, Paradise Lost. They weren't always associated with this style though, after forming in the town of Halifax in 1988, the band were known for their death metal rooted sound, having been inspired by such extreme metal heroes as Celtic Frost and Kreator. Following the recording of two demo casettes, the band signed to Peaceville Records for the release of their first album, "Lost Paradise" in 1990, which featured more of a doom flavoured death metal sound than their later material. Although the album received mixed reviews from critics, fans loved it and their next album, "Gothic," proved to be an even bigger success, now being cited as one of the most influential metal albums of the 90s. "Gothic" saw a change in direction somewhat for the band, utilising female vocals and strings and along with the shift in style, the band changed labels when they signed to Music For Nations, through which they released their next album, "Shades Of God."

Paradise Lost were then able to achieve massive critical success once again, following the release of their fourth album, "Icon." Like, "Gothic," the album was considered a classic and helped the band gain chart success when it entered the German album charts at number 31. Another staple followed shortly afterwards in the form of, "Draconian Times," which is also considered one of the best albums not only from Paradise Lost, but of the goth metal genre. This record also enabled the band to perform in places they were previously unable to, such as South America and Australia. Despite the acclaim they had achieved with these albums, the group then shifted direction once again, taking much inspiration from synth pop bands like New Order and Depeche Mode. The first album to feature this sound, "One Second" proved to be a massive success in Europe, entering the top ten in the German and Swedish album charts. The synth pop influence seemed to be overwhelming the band somewhat, as many fans felt that the band had almost completely shed their metal influences on the subsequent albums, "Host" and "Believe In Nothing."

Unhappy with the control their label had over them, the group signed a new deal with GUN Records and began bringing back the metallic sounds of the past, while still retaining their new wave influence. This would mark their last album to feature such a mesh though, as they shed the synth pop stylings for their self-titled tenth studio album in 2005, much to the delight of fans and critics alike. Since then, Paradise Lost have continued to utilise the goth metal sound on their subsequent albums, "In Requiem" and most recently, "Faith Divies Us - Death Unites Us." The band are expected to begin work on a new studio album in the new year, along with rumours of a new DVD release. It seems that now, the band are deservedly recognised as one of the true kings in their respective genre, and one that has earned respect by not being afraid to experiment with their music and take risks, with some paying off more than others. More...

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Paradise Lost To Re-Issue "Draconian Times"

Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about re-releasing the "Draconian Times" album and performing a series of upcoming live shows:

"British Doom/Goth Metal pioneers, Paradise Lost, are pleased to announce the re-release of their seminal 1995 album Draconian Times; 16 years since it first stormed the charts. Sony Music are re-releasing the colossal Draconian Times through their Grammy-award winning Legacy series; which will feature the entire digitally re-mastered album including a 5.1 Dolby Surround mix in a brand-new collector’s edition digi-pak box-set, so fans can hear the album like never before!

"Along with this release the band will be performing their monumental album Draconian Times live at a series of 7 exclusive gigs in the following select cities around Europe: Tilberg, Bochum, London, Paris, Athens, and Thessaloniki. Due to the unique and exciting nature of these events we will be issuing a small, limited number of VIP packages at all seven concerts. These will include: VIP laminate and lanyard, The opportunity to meet and greet the band, Have your photo taken with Paradise Lost, Access to a closed sound-check before the gig, Early access to the concert, and VIP goody bag (PL draw-string bag containing an exclusive T-Shirt and other exciting memorabilia). More...

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Orphaned Land To Film Tel Aviv Shows For DVD

Israeli metal veterans Orphaned Land has announced that they will be filming two shows at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel for a new DVD release. The shows will take place on December 9th and 10th and will feature a special guest on each night. The first night will see the group joined on stage by Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh and the second will feature a guest spot from Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker.

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Cirrha Niva To Appear In Metal Calendar

Cirrha Niva has issued the following announcement about appearing in the upcoming 2011 Mindview Magazine calendar.

"Hi People, we are one of the twelve bands that are selected for the new 2011 calendar of Mindview Magazine. Some of the other bands are Nevermore, Paradise Lost, Epica, Alestorm and Sabaton.

"This calendar will be for sale within a few weeks and it will be available at the website of the Belgium magazine Mindview and at Large Popmerchandising. All profits are donated to a Crohn's disease fund. Oh, we are the December band."

You can also check out Cirrha Niva's music via this location.

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Creation's Tears Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Belfast, Northern Ireland progressive goth rockers Creation's Tears has revealed the trackisting for it's forthcoming debut studio album "Methods To End It All." The album features geat appearances from Paradise Lost drummer Lee Morris and Serah Jezebel Deva. "Methods To End It All" is set for release on October 4, 2010 through Cure For Poison Records.

You can check out song samples from Creation's Tears at this location.

Here is the "Methods To End It All" tracklisting:
1. Another Collision
2. I Fail
3. Creation's Tears
4. Odyssey (Opus IX)
5. I'm Falling (You'll Never Know)
6. Parody Paradigm
7. The Last Tear Is Cried For Romance
8. No Saviour Here
9. Untimely Reminder

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Paradise Lost And More Added To Damnation Festival

British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost are one of the latest bands to be announced for this year's edition of Britain's Damnation Festival, which will take place on November 6th at Leeds University. Other new additions to the bill include The Ocean, October File and Maybeshewill.

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Paradise Lost Cancels Upcoming Tunisian Show

Paradise Lost has issued the following update about canceling their show in Tunisia this coming Saturday, May 1st:

"Unfortunately we have had Saturdays show canceled at the very last minute, the promoter sent us the following email to explain why: 'Hi, We're extremely sorry to tell you that we're obliged to cancel the show of Tunisia with Paradise Lost, because of some financial troubles that we couldn't avoid. We do understand your disappointment, but we really have no choice. We count on your understanding for the situation and hope we can work together during the next shows in best conditions. Thank you so much for your trust and sorry again for this setback.' We are obviously incredibly upset and literally climbing the walls now wanting to play a gig! We hope that can be rectified and rescheduled soon."

The upcoming Paradise Lost tour dates are as follows:

6/4 2010 Base Festival Le Phare, Toulouse
6/5 2010 Denain Festival Lille
6/26 2010 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
7/4 2010 With Full Force Festival Airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz nr Leipzig
7/9 2010 Metalcamp Festival Tolmin
7/17 2010 Zwarte Cross Festival Lichtenvoorde
7/18 2010 Pro Rock Festival Kiev
8/13 2010 Sziget Festival Budapest

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Paradise Lost Postpones Malta Live Show

Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about postponing their previously scheduled Malta tour date due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland:

"It is with huge regret that we have to postpone the gig in Malta this weekend until a later date which will be announced soon. Due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, and subsequent ban on planes entering UK airspace we have no option but to wait until this is over and try again. Despite both the pope initially and now mother nature doing their best to prevent us playing we are determined to make this happen.

"Nick Holmes had this comment: To all PL fans in Malta, We regret to announce due to British Aerospace ban on flights our concert tomorrow will have to be postponed to a later date. We have had a string of bad luck with shows of late, this is the third cancellation through no fault of our own, but we hope this is only a temporary hiccup, we really want to make this happen! Please don’t burn effigies’ of us in the streets just yet, and keep an eye out for the re-scheduled date!"

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Paradise Lost Cancels Australian Tour Dates

Australian metal band Lycanthia has issued the following update:

"Unfortunately we have bad news. The Paradise Lost and Sirenia Australian Tour has been cancelled."

"Lycanthia will be playing @ The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, 10 April 2010 (free entry) @ Club Carnage, Kings X, 2 July 2010..."

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Four More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced that four more bands have now been added to the lineup. The biggest announcement is that Aerosmith will be headlining the event on the friday. Also joining them that day will be reunited California grungers Stone Temple Pilots. Industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be performing at the festival and so will Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon, who are still touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, "Crack The Skye."

The lineup (in no particular order) is now as follows: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced several more bands for this year's edition of the event. Among the latest acts are American thrash metal legends Slayer, British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost, heavy metal icons Saxon and death metal legends Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. Also confirmed are Steel Panther, U.D.O., A Day To Remember, 36 Crazyfists, Atreyu, Between The Buried And Me, Unearth, Anathema and Rise To Remain. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th - 27th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Paradise Lost Updates Tour Schedule

Gothic metallers Paradise Lost are continuing their "Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us" tour which kicks off today in Sofia / Bulgaria. The band’s Lead Guitarist Greg Mackintosh will join the band again after he was forced to cancel the previous European tour last winter. The upcoming Paradise Lost tour dates are as follows:

2/12 Hristo Botev Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
2/13 Boogaloo - Zagreb, Croatia
2/14 SKC - Belgrade, Serbia
2/15 Culture Hall - Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2/18 Salzhaus - Wintertur, Switzerland
2/19 Conrad Sohm - Dornbirn, Switzerland
2/20 Kofmehl - Solothurn, Switzerland
2/21 Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany
2/22 Live Music Hall - Cologne, Germany
4/24 Hi-Fi - Brisbane
4/26 Metro Theatre - Sydney
4/27 Billboard - Melbourne
7/9 Metalcamp Festival - Tolmin, Slovenia
7/18 Pro Rock Festival - Kiev, Ukraine
8/13 Sziget Festival - Budapest, Hungary

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Ne Obliviscaris Posts New Studio Footage

Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris are still in the studio working on their debut album, but to make the wait a little bit easier they’ve just uploaded a new recording video. Like their last one, it covers some of the bass guitar recording and gives you some hints as to what to expect on the album. You can view the latest video below.

The band has recently finished recording all of the guitars, with the vocals and violin still to come.

In other band news, Ne Obliviscaris scored the support slot for next years Paradise Lost tour and will be their first live show since July. You catch the band at the following shows:

5th Feb 2010
Paradise Lost @ Billboard, Melbourne
w/ Sirenia and Ne Obliviscaris
Tickets available from justsayrock.com.au.

8th Feb 2010
Paradise Lost @ The Hifi, Brisbane
w/ Sirenia and Ne Obliviscaris
Tickets from justsayrock.com.au.

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Paradise Lost Announces Australian Tour

U.K. gothic metallers Paradise Lost have announced a string of upcoming tour dates in Australia, with support coming from female fronted metal act Sirenia. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

2/05 - Melbourne, AUS - Billboard
2/06 - Sydney, AUS - Metro Theatre
2/08 - Brisbane, AUS - Hi-Fi

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Paradise Lost Video Interview Available

Loudfarmer recently conducted a video interview in Gothenbrug with vocalist Nick Holmes and bassist Steve Edmondson from Paradise Lost. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Paradise Lost Posts New Video Online

British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost has posted their new music video online for the song, "The Rise Of Denial." You can check it out below. The song is the second to be made into a video from their latest album, "Faith Divides Us... Death Unites Us," following the title track. More...

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Paradise Lost Cancels Six European Shows

Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about canceling six upcoming European tour dates:

“As some of you maybe aware, we have had to use a stand in guitarist (Milly Evans) to replace Greg Mackintosh for a few dates due to a serious illness within Greg's family. We did this with the sole purpose to prevent having to cancel any shows and to avoid disappointing fans that had already bought tickets and were looking forward to the concerts.

"So it is with great regret that we have to unavoidably announce that some gigs must be postponed for now and rescheduled as soon as possible. This is due to prior commitments Milly Evans has with his own band. We are working round these to fly him back and forth wherever possible to minimize any disruption to the tour, but we ask you to bear with us in this difficult time. The list of gigs to be postponed are as follows:

3rd Dec - Romania
4th Dec - Bulgaria
5th Dec - Croatia
10th Dec - Switzerland
11th Dec - Germany
12th Dec - Switzerland

The updated list of Paradise Lost European tour dates is as follows: More...

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Paradise Lost Guitarist To Miss European Tour

Paradise Lost has issued the following statement about lead guitarist Greg Mackintosh sitting out the remainder of their upcoming European tour dates:

"Tragically, Lead Guitarist Greg Mackintosh will be unable to continue with Paradise Lost’s ‘Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us’ tour of Europe due to a terminal illness within his family.

"Greg’s father was taken critically ill some weeks ago, yet Greg decided to commence the tour anyway in the hope that future news from home would be positive. This unfortunately was not the case, therefore (as of 6th November 2009), Greg will remain in England to support his relatives during this difficult time. Everyone involved with the band would like to offer Greg our support and to let him know all our thoughts are with him.

"The tour will not end here though. Milly Evans, (Paradise Lost’s long-standing Guitar Technician, and keyboardist from Terrorvision), will fill in for Greg with immediate effect. Having worked with the band for many years, Milly knows Paradise Lost’s repertoire far more than most, and will endeavour to provide a seamless transition between guitarists. Milly is highly regarded among Paradise Lost’s fan-base and is the best person to fill Greg’s role in the band for the rest of the European tour. More...

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Ghost Brigade To Play Extra Show w/Paradise Lost

Ghost Brigade has announced that they will be playing an extra show with Paradise Lost. The details are as follows:

10/5 Paradise Lost + GB, Nosturi, Helsinki

Ghost Brigade's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

10/5 Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland w/ Paradise Lost
10/22 Henrys Pub, Helsinki, Finland w/ The Enemy Pilot, Polemarch
11/4 Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, Finland w/ God Is An Astronaut
11/5 Klubi, Tampere, Finland w/ God Is An Astronaut
11/6 Lutakko, Jyväskylä, Finland w/ God Is An Astronaut
11/8 Biebob, Vosselaar (BEL) w/ Paradise Lost
11/10 Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht (NL) w/ Paradise Lost
11/11 Roehre, Stuttgart (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/12 Conne Island, Leipzig (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/13 Columbia Club, Berlin (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/14 Alte Fauerwache, Mannheim (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/15 Backstage, Munich (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/16 Garage, Saarbrücken (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/18 Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/19 Capitol, Hannover (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/20 Glad-house, Cottbus (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/21 E-Werk, Erlangen (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/22 Markthalle, Hamburg (GER) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/24 The Rock, Copenhagen (DEN) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
11/25 Debaser, Stockholm (SWE) w/ Paradise Lost & Samael
1/2 2010 Nuclear Nightclub, Oulu, Finland w/ Seith

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