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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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Ex-Cradle Of FIlth Drummer Joins Paradise Lost

Adrian Erlandsson, the former drummer for Cradle Of Filth, The Haunted and At The Gates, has been confirmed as the new permanent drummer for British goth metal group Paradise Lost. Erlandsson states:

"Paradise Lost has been one of my favourite bands since I first heard them in 1990. When my fellow BRUJERIA member Jeff Walker told me that PL were looking for a drummer I got in contact with Greg straight away. After a few chats and emails I was on my way to the audition. I had learnt 10 songs out of their last setlist, but after playing only 4 songs Nick said, 'the job is yours if you want it'. Great success!! I look forward to growing even older with the lads and rocking hard with them live!!!!" More...

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Arch Enemy to Headline Uni Rock Festival

Arch Enemy has announced their first ever show in Turkey. The band will headline the UNI ROCK FESTIVAL, Istanbul, Turkey on July 17th, 2009. Tickets can be bought at www.biletix.com.

Other confirmed acts are: Amon Amarth, Paradise Lost, LA Guns and Rotting Christ.

Arch Enemy has confirmed the following live dates so far for 2009: More...

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Paradise Lost Posts Video Updates Online

British goth metal legends Paradise Lost are currently recording their brand new studio album and have posted some video updates online which you can check out below. Vocalist Nick Holmes says: “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' and '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." More...

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Anathema Announces European Headlining Tour Dates

Anathema has issued the following update:

"We are very happy to announce that this autumn we will be doing an extensive European tour!"

"'The Hindsight Tour' is a celebration of past and present. Featuring unheard classics from the past and unheard classics for the future..."

"We will be accompanied on the whole tour by the excellent new French band Demians. A band receiving rave reviews for their debut album 'Building an Empire.'"

"Full Details and tickets links are available on the TOUR DATES page. See you there!"

"More info on the tour and the new album will follow soon..."

Anathema tour dates are as follows: More...

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Paradise Lost Drummer Quits The Band

Paradise Lost drummer Jeff Singer has reportedly left the group, forcing the band to cancel their South American tour. The group have posted the following message online:

"It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our South American tour, sincere apologies to all the fans and promoters involved but this decision follows the announcement of the departure of our drummer Jeff Singer. We are committed to doing the 20th anniversary 'Unholy Trinity' dates in Europe with a stand in drummer but it will be impossible to find and appoint a new drummer in time for the shows in South America . We hope to reschedule a South American tour next year."

Jeff Singer himself has posted the following statement regarding his departure:

"Dear everyone,

"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. More...

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Paradise Lost Plans 20th Anniversary Show

Paradise Lost is scheduled to play the Kentish Town Forum in London on September 19. They'll be supported by Anathema and My Dying Bride at this 20th anniversary show.

As previously reported, Paradise Lost recently posted four new tracks from the upcoming PARADISE LOST DVD, "The Anatomy Of Melancholy" on MySpacethier MySpace page. The tracks were recorded at the Koko club in London on April 12, 2007. The audio was mixed by producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with artists such as OPETH, SOILWORK and KATATONIA.

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Paradise Lost Post Four Tracks From New DVD Online

PARADISE LOST have posted this message on their official website:

"As from today, you can preview four new tracks (on MySpace) from the upcoming PARADISE LOST DVD, 'The Anatomy Of Melancholy' - which is due to be released next month.

The tracks were recorded at the Koko club in London on April 12, 2007. The audio was mixed by producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with artists such as OPETH, SOILWORK and KATATONIA."

The four tracks are:

01. Sweetness
02. Pity The Sadness
03. No Celebration
04. Say Just Words

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Paradise Lost Cancel Greek Show

UK gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST have issued the following update:

"We are sorry to report that the show tonight in Thessaloniki, Greece has had to be cancelled, as Nick [Holmes, vocals] is seriously ill and unable to perform. Two doctors have examined him since his arrival in Greece yesterday, but have advised him that performing tonight would cause irreparable damage, and so the show had to be stopped. Nick and the band are all very annoyed at the situation and extremely sorry to all of you who have bought tickets to tonight's show. We will keep you updated, in the mean time we hope you will join us in wishing Nick a speedy recovery."

PARADISE LOST will support Finnish rockers HIM on their European tour in February/March 2008. The band will use this great opportunity, which coincides with the band's 20th anniversary in 2008, to further promote their acclaimed "In Requiem" album.

"Over The Madness – A Diran Noubar Film" — which offers the first-ever, extremely comprehensive and very personal documentary on PARADISE LOST and the gothic metal genre — was released via Century Media Records on November 26, 2007 as a double DVD set. The film's world premiere was held at the Cannes Film Festival's Market in May 2007 followed by a German premiere at the Wave Gotik Festival in Leipzig the same month. The documentary features first-hand accounts from all current and former band members and many other dramatically influential acts. Furthermore, Noubar accompanied the band from their native Halifax (UK) to tour stops in Mexico and Greece where PARADISE LOST are regarded rock "gods."

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Lacuna Coil Discuss Paradise Lost Documentary

LACUNA COIL singer Andrea Ferro has issued the following update:

"Century Media just released 'Over the Madness', a documentary about PARADISE LOST's 20th anniversary. This band has been really influential in the beginning of our career and we've been really glad to contribute to this movie. You will find me, Cristina [Scabbia, vocals] and Chris [guitarist Cristiano Migliore] talkin' about P.L. alongside with a lot of other people from metal bands and the bandmembers themselves. 'Over the Madness' is not only a due tribute to a piece of history of metal music, it is also a smart guide for young bands. Don't miss it!"

"Over The Madness – A Diran Noubar Film" — which offers the first-ever, extremely comprehensive and very personal documentary on PARADISE LOST and the gothic metal genre — was released via Century Media Records on November 26, 2007 as a double DVD set. The film's world premiere was held at the Cannes Film Festival's Market in May 2007 followed by a German premiere at the Wave Gotik Festival in Leipzig the same month.

The documentary features first-hand accounts from all current and former band members and many other dramatically influential acts. Furthermore, Noubar accompanied the band from their native Halifax (UK) to tour stops in Mexico and Greece where PARADISE LOST are regarded rock "gods." More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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Paradise Lost To Support H.I.M.

Legendary founding fathers of "gothic metal" PARADISE LOST have been confirmed to support of Finnish rockers HIM on their European tour in February/March 2008. The band will use this great opportunity, which coincides with the band's 20th anniversary in 2008, to further promote their acclaimed "In Requiem" album.

In other news, "Over The Madness – A Diran Noubar Film" — which offers the first-ever, extremely comprehensive and very personal documentary on PARADISE LOST and the genre gothic metal — will be released via Century Media Records on November 26, 2007 as a double DVD set. The film's world premiere was held at the Cannes Film Festival's Market in May 2007 followed by a German premiere at the Wave Gotik Festival in Leipzig the same month. The documentary features first-hand accounts from all current and former band members and many other dramatically influential acts. Furthermore, Noubar accompanied the band from their native Halifax (UK) to tour stops in Mexico and Greece where PARADISE LOST are regarded rock "gods." Watch the trailer for "Over The Madness – A Diran Noubar Film" below.

Upcoming PARADISE LOST shows:

Dec. 02 - Glasgow (UK) @ Garage
Dec. 03 - Manchester (UK) @ Hop and Grape
Dec. 04 - Wolverhampton (UK) @ Wulfrun Hall
Dec. 05 - London (UK) @ Islington Academy

PARADISE LOST supporting HIM:

Feb. 16 - Berlin (D) @ Tempodrom
Feb. 17 - Mannheim (D) @ Mozartsaal
Feb. 18 - München (D) @ Elserhalle
Feb. 20 - Leipzig (D) @ Haus Auensee
Feb. 23 - Dortmund (D) @ Westfalenhalle 2
Feb. 24 - Köln (D) @ Palladium
Feb. 26 - Hamburg (D) @ Docks
Feb. 27 - Hamburg (D) @ Docks
Feb. 28 - Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
Feb. 29 - Tilburg (NL) @ O13
Mar. 03 - Madrid (ES) @ La Riviera
Mar. 04 - Barcelona (ES) @ Espacio Movistar
Mar. 06 - Milan (I) @ Alcatrazz
Mar. 07 - Florence (I) @ Saschall
Mar. 08 - Modena (I) @ Vox
Mar. 10 - Zürich (CH) @ Xtra
Mar. 11 - Wien (AT) @ Gasometer
Mar. 12 - Prague (CZ) @ Lucerna

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Paradise Lost Added To Knock Out Festival

The 2008 edition of Germany's Knock Out Festival is scheduled for January 12th at the Europahalle in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The latest act confirmed for the festival is British metallers PARADISE LOST.

Also on the bill: PARADISE LOST, EPICA, WITHIN TEMPTATION, HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS.

The second edition of the Knock Out Festival will be taking place in one of the two Karlsruhe’s biggest indoor-concert venues and will be established as a German indoor winter festival.

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Mutiny To Unveil Vocalist At Paradise Lost Show

New Jersey melodic death metallers Mutiny will reveal their new vocalist at an upcoming show with Paradise Lost. The band has been hard at work searching for a quality vocalist since this past spring. AJ, who handles bass duties for the band, handled the vocal duties along with bass until this point. New songs/recordings with the vocalist will be posted on Mutiny's myspace in the near future.

Mutiny will be opening the show for Paradise Lost on Monday, November 19th at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $22. Mutiny have posted a link on their myspace page through which you can support the band and buy tickets. Doors open at 6PM, and the show kicks off at 8PM.

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Paradise Lost To Film "Unreachable" Video

UK metallers PARADISE LOST have issued the following update:

"Yesterday, Paradise Lost filmed the newest promotional video for the In Requiem album, for the song 'Unreachable'. The video was filmed at Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Glendale and Malibu, and was shot in High Definition.

The 'Unreachable' video was directed by Diran Noubar of Karmantra / Kayane Productions, who directed the soon to be released Over The Madness documentary about Paradise Lost, as well as Baby for Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN)."

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Paradise Lost Announce Support Acts For UK dates

PARADISE LOST have issued the following update:

"In addition to NOVEMBRE, Finnish metal band SWALLOW THE SUN have now been confirmed as additional support for the UK gigs this December.

Both of the support bands will have an equal length set of 35 minutes for these shows. You can check them out on their websites: Swallow The Sun, Novembre.

Paradise Lost's complete tour itinerary can be viewed at this location.

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Novembre To Support Paradise Lost In The U.K.

Italy's NOVEMBRE will support PARADISE LOST on four UK dates in December. The details are as follows:

Dec. 02 - Garage - Glasgow, UK
Dec. 03 - Academy 3 - Manchester, UK
Dec. 04 - Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
Dec. 05 - Islington Academy - London, UK

NOVEMBRE will release its new album, "The Blue", on November 5 via Peaceville Records. The CD was recorded at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS).

"The Blue" track listing:

01. Aenemia
02. Triesteitaliana
03. Cobalt of March
04. Bluecracy
05. Architheme
06. Nascence
07. Iridescence
08. Sound Odyssey
09. Cantus Christi
10. Zenith
11. Argentic
12. Deorbit

Check out audio samples at Amazon.com.

NOVEMBRE's latest album, "Materia", came out in 2006. It was the group's first release for the Peaceville label. The group's last CD for Century Media, "Dreams d'Azur", came out in 2002.

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Paradise Lost Issue European Tour Video Report

A four-minute European tour report from Nick Holmes and Greg MacIntosh of the UK-based doom/gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST can be viewed here.

PARADISE LOST recently released the video for the song "Praise Lamented Shade", taken from the band's latest CD, "In Requiem", which was issued via Century Media Records in May 2007. The clip was filmed during PARADISE LOST's April 2007 show at Koko in London (a concert which was filmed for an upcoming DVD) and was directed by Dash Productions (who worked with people such as STEVEN SEAGAL, GARY NUMAN, LEVEL 42, PAUL RODGERS, RICK ASTLEY, HEAVEN 17, THE DAMNED, MARC ALMOND, DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS and many more).

"In Requiem" is finally available on vinyl again. As the limited 4 x 7" box (2,000 copies) was sold out in the first week of release, Century Media Records and PARADISE LOST have decided to release the album as a vinyl LP, too. It contains the regular album tracks and comes in heavy cardboard gatefold cover, including a newly designed poster. More...

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Nightwish Announce North American Fall Tour Dates

Few artists achieve the success that Finnish orchestral metal pioneers Nightwish have acquired, and in their second inception, the band are poised for an international explosion. Nightwish have announced a fall North American tour with dark metal titans Paradise Lost, kicking off on October 15 in Springfield, Virginia and ending in Atlanta, Georgia on November 17. This tour marks the band's first time on US soil since August 2004, readily armed with new vocalist Anette Olzon. The band will be performing compositions from their new album Dark Passion Play as well as Nightwish classics. Distinctively a unique fusion of guitars, keyboards and rapid-fire percussion, topped off with breathtaking operatic style vocals, Nightwish deliver an unforgettable live show. The band is excited to bring the new era of their career to eager North American fans.

Nightwish released Dark Passion Play in the US on October 2nd, notably featuring new vocalist Anette Olzon. Already selling almost 70,000 copies in Finland since its' September 26th release, the album was certified double platinum. Marking their first studio album in three years, Dark Passion Play intertwines progressive structures with their signature symphonic melodies and haunting female vocals. Working with the St. Martens of the Field Orchestra, along with the Metro Voices Choir, Dark Passion Play delivers an exceptionally high level of musicianship. The band has also filmed a video for their first single, "Amaranth." The video can be viewed here.

Tour dates are as follows:

10/15 Springfield, VA Jaxx
10/16 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
10/18 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
10/20 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/21 Montreal, QUE Metropolis
10/23 Toronto, ONT Docks Nightclub
10/24 Cleveland, OH Peabody's Downunder
10/26 Detroit, MI Harpo's
10/27 Chicago, IL House of Blues
10/28 Loop Station, MN First Avenue
10/31 Seattle, WA Showbox
11/1 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
11/2 San Francisco, CA Slim's
11/4 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
11/6 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
11/7 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
11/8 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
11/10 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
11/11 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
11/12 Woodland, TX 19th Hole
11/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
11/15 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
11/17 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

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Paradise Lost Frontman Talks New Album And More

Justin Donnelly of Australia's The Metal Forge recently conducted an interview with PARADISE LOST frontman Nick Holmes. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On the band's new album, "In Requiem":

"A lot of the important decisions concerning this album came down to making sure that we retained the PARADISE LOST sound that we have now, the one we've developed over the last ten years, but making sure that 'In Requiem' had a far more metal sounding production. We wanted the guitars and drums to sound very loud in the mix, and I think we managed to do that this time around on 'In Requiem'. The mix on the new album is very different to the mix on the last few albums, and I think that's what gives 'In Requiem' more of an edge over the last few albums. I don't think a lot of people realize that the songwriting procedure within the band has remained the same as it has been for the last ten years. Once you understand that, it's fairly obvious that it's not so much the way we play the songs on 'In Requiem' that makes the difference, but more the way the album is produced and mixed that really makes it sound the way it does.”

On working with producer Rhys Fulber:

"We've done three albums with Fulber now. The first time we worked with him was on 'Symbol Of Life' in 2002, followed by our self-titled album in 2005. So with 'In Requiem', we've now worked with him three times, and it seems to be working for us. What we like about Fulber is that he kind of brings this whole new enthusiasm to the band each time. I think we only really started to believe in what we were doing a lot more when we started working with Fulber. On 'In Requiem', he really brought a new and different approach to things for us, and I think it's really worked in the best possible way. He's very into what he does. He's very enthusiastic about the recording process, and he gets involved in every aspect of the production work. He doesn't just turn up, press a button and leave. There are a lot of producers that do that. He's not just there for the paycheck and nothing else. He's really into the whole thing. I think that's really refreshing for the band."

On being at a loss in terms of direction and motivation around the late '90s:

"Initially, 'Host' got some really good press. EMI worked very hard on that album, but they really didn't know where to work it in regards to how to promote it, and just whom exactly they were supposed to promote it to. It was a tricky album to make, because it wasn't exactly a metal album as such. It was really a square peg in a round hole thing for both the label as well as us. And then there was 'Believe In Nothing'. We were never really happy with the production on that album. I think the songs on the album were good, but I definitely wouldn't rank the album overall in amongst out top five albums ever. We were all very confused by a lot of things going on around us at the time, hence the cover! (Laughs) I think they were pretty grim times, and I think that's reflected on the rather dour tone of the songs. Practically all of us were on prescribed drugs at that time! (Laughs) I was taking such strong anti-depressants at the time that I didn't really know what was going on at the time. The artwork for the album is a classic example where our brains were at the time. There were just bees in my head! (Laughs) I have no idea what that cover was supposed to represent. On a personal level, 'Believe In Nothing' represented a really dark time in my life. I don't think anything positive comes out of being depressed or down like that. My personal life was kind of in a bad way at that time, and I think that album is a direct result of that. I know a lot of people really love that album, and I think that's great. But for me, I think the most disappointing element is the production, which I think could have been punchier, and the feelings the album conjures up. From 'Host' through to 'Believe In Nothing', we didn't really kind of know where we were going. We were really in a dilemma. But I think 'Symbol Of Life' is a far stronger album that the ones that preceded it, and I think that's because of Fulber's involvement on it. I think he really brought some fresh ideas to the table on that album, which is something he's continued to do with each album since."

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Paradise Lost Drummer Issues Tour Blog

PARADISE LOST drummer Jeff Singer has issued the following Tour Blog:

"Well, here we are nearly one week into the tour. No one has been arrested, sent home or hospitalized but there is time! So, who is on this tour? Aside from the band there is Gary the driver, Little Rob our sound guy and tour manager who is a fellow Mancunian thus breaking the misery of our dour Yorkshire chums. Milly and Danny who are teching, Paul the Dutchman doing lights and Mel on merch. Paul has an uncanny look of our own Mr Holmes (vocals) and keeps getting stopped for autographs while his bizarre nasal laugh which resembles the sound of a train has earned him the monicker of The Flying Dutchman. Mel, bless her, is on her first tour but is holding up well.

Band wise we have German band EYES OF EDEN and Canada’s NEUROSONIC who have just come off the Family Values tour in America with KORN and EVANESSENCE. Both bands are sharing a bus which had to be changed last night after it emerged that a mouse had sneaked on board and was evading capture whilst eating everyones food and leaving droppings in everyones bunks...nice!

So far so good in terms of the tour. Everyone is quite chilled, crowds have been good and noticeably more vocal and we have nailed a set-list we feel happy with and have moulded it over the first few nights.

The Biebob in Vosselaar is familiar to us all and was a good place to start, Paris was fantastic and packed out. It was a top day. Great weather and nipped over to take some photos of the Sacre Couer. We then nipped down to Lyon and Toulouse where we did a signing session at FNAC and then headed on down to Barcelona.

We had a late load in so we all headed for the beach which is ten minutes from the gig to grab some coffee and lunch then got on to the beach. Some of us stayed in the bar whilst Milly and Aaron donned the Hasselhofs and went in the sea. Always great to do these things when the chance arises to stave off cabin fever.

And here we are, Monday in a small club in Madrid. Rob has already been climbing lampposts to get the bus plugged in risking death. I’m not suggesting he is small but him climbing a lamppost is like Aaron climbing the Eiffel Tower! He said he probably wouldn’t have done it if he’d been sober. We have another signing session at 5pm somewhere in Madrid. I wonder if Ruud Van Nistelrooy will be down here tonight?

Points to note. Paradise Lost’s dressing room is now known as Paradise Lost’s Internet Cafe due to the amount of laptops on the go...god bless wireless internet and Holmesey is on a surprisingly low 3.5 on the Moanometer....apparently I’m on a 4.5...BYE!!!"

Upcoming Paradise Lost, Neurosonic, Eyes Of Eden tour dates include:

September
18 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro Corroios
20 - Bordeaux, France - Barbey
22 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
23 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
24 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
25 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
27 - München, Germany - Backstage
28 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
29 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
30 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club

October
1 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Little Vega
2 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
3 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
5 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
6 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
7 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli

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