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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."
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...
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):
AT THE GATES
BORN FROM PAIN
CULT OF LUNA
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
SICK OF IT ALL
THE OLD DEAD TREE
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
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.
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.
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)."
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.
Paradise Lost's complete tour itinerary can be viewed at this location.
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:
03. Cobalt of March
08. Sound Odyssey
09. Cantus Christi
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.
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...
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
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."
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:
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
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
Due to the "massive" success of the new PARADISE LOST album "In Requiem", the limited 4 x 7" box (2,000 copies) was sold out in the first week of release. To please all vinyl fans, Century Media Records and PARADISE LOST have decided to release the album as a vinyl LP as well. It will contain the regular album tracks and comes in heavy cardboard gatefold cover, including a newly designed poster.
It is available in Europe now:
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux: Friday, August 17, 2007.
UK / France / Denmark / Norway / Rest Of Europe: Monday, August 20, 2007.
Sweden / Finland / Hungary: Wednesday, August 22, 2007.
Italy: Friday, August 24, 2007.
Spain / Portugal: Tuesday, August 28, 2007.
PARADISE LOST achieved the following first-week chart positions with their 11th studio opus, "In Requiem":
Britain's Download Festival (Downloadfestival.co.uk) is set to take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. This year's festival will be webcast live the festival website here.
To view the complete festival lineup, go here.
British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST will embark on a European tour in September/October. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Sep. 12 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Sep. 13 - Paris, France - Elysee
Sep. 14 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
Sep. 15 - Toulouse, France - Havana
Sep. 16 - Barcelona, Spain - Razz
Sep. 17 - Madrid, Spain - Caracol
Sep. 20 - Bordeaux, France - Barbey
Sep. 22 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
Sep. 23 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Sep. 24 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
Sep. 25 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Sep. 27 - Muenchen, Germany - Backstage
Sep. 29 - Koeln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Sep. 30 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle Club
Oct. 01 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Little Vega
Oct. 02 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Oct. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
Oct. 05 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Oct. 06 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
Oct. 07 - Utrecht, Nertherlands - Tivoli
British founding fathers of Gothic Metal, PARADISE LOST, will release their highly anticipated new album “In Requiem” on May 21st, 2007. To get a full impression of this brilliant dark opus, you can stream the entire album from Friday, May 11th on at the band’s official MySpace page for a week.
You can also watch the band’s gloomy clip for “The Enemy,” filmed by acclaimed director Edward 209. In addition to that, PARADISE LOST will premier their completely redesigned website on May 11th - www.paradiselost.co.uk.
Diran Noubar's powerful new documentary "Over The Madness" about U.K. band PARADISE LOST provides unique insights on a rock band and the emergence of the "gothic metal" movement. The documentary referred by SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian as "THE film showing the inception and progression of PARADISE LOST" has already been nominated for some key film festivals this year, including Swansea Bay Film Festival (U.K.), Everglades Film Festival (South Africa) and the Wave Gotik Festival (Germany). The film's world premiere is set for the Cannes Film Festival's Market on Monday, May 21 (Palais D, 11:30 a.m.).
This year, PARADISE LOST are celebrating their 20th anniversary and the release of their 11th album. Along with country mates ANATHEMA and MY DYING BRIDE, the band — named after John Milton's epic 1667 poem — is credited for pioneering gothic metal. Throughout years of creative challenging and musical experimentation, PARADISE LOST have persisted in delivering a densely evocative and richly textured brand of metal. Creating a cult-following in many countries around the world, they have released commercially successful musical masterpieces, selling over two million records. Today, their influence still clearly transpires in the sound of most gothic and heavy metal bands. More...
British kings of gloom PARADISE LOST present you their brand-new e-card allowing further insights in the band’s upcoming release In Requiem, which will be released via Century Media Records, in the UK on Monday, May 21.
On the e-card you can listen to three tracks taken off In Requiem, namely “Never For The Damned”, “Ash & Debris” as well as “The Enemy”, which has just been released as a single (in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy only).
The video for “The Enemy”, directed by Edward 209, can already be watched at the e-card’s media section. You can view the e-card by clicking here.
In other news, PARADISE LOST have been confirmed as special guests to Type O Negative on their forthcoming UK tour.
PARADISE LOST, the godfathers of gothic metal, have posted a medley of two new tracks, “The Enemy” and “Beneath Black Skies,” to their official MySpace page. The tracks are taken from the group’s phenomenal forthcoming release, In Requiem, which is set for a June 5th U.S. release.
The album, produced by Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly) and mixed by Mike Fraser (Slipknot), marks a return to their heavy trademark sound. Their melancholic atmosphere is as oppressive as ever, but on this go round, the gloom is fused with an equal amount of dense, punishing riffs. Never ones to rest on their laurels, the group brings something new to the table with each successive album, and In Requiem is no exception.
Few bands can match PARADISE LOST’s storied career album for stellar album. Even fewer bands can say they helped found an entirely new genre of music, something these Brits achieved in 1991 with the release of Gothic. As wildly influential as the band has been to bands like HIM and The Rasmus, they remain as relevant as their modern followers through subtle reinvention and a continued dedication to quality songcraft. More...