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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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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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Paradise Lost To Issue "In Requiem" On Vinyl

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":

Germany: #12
Austria: #28
Switzerland: #41
France: #43
Sweden: #33
Finland: #19

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Britain's Download Festival To Be Webcast Live

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.

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Paradise Lost Announce European Tour Dates

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

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Hear Paradise Lost's "In Requiem" Album Online

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.

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Paradise Lost Announce Documentary Premiere

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...

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Paradise Lost Post Three Song E-card Online

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.

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Paradise Lost Post New Tracks Online

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...

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Paradise Lost Joins Nightwish For N.A. Tour

PARADISE LOST have been added as support to NIGHTWISH’s previously announced North American tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

October 15 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
October 18 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
October 20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 21 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
October 23 - Toronto, ON @ The Docks
October 24 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
October 26 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
October 27 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
October 31 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
November 1 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
November 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
November 4 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
November 6 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 7 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
November 8 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
November 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
November 11 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium
November 12 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
November 14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 15 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
November 17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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Paradise Lost To Record New Album

U.K. gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST will soon enter the studio with producer Rhys Fulber and mixer Mike Fraser to begin recording their as-yet-untitled eleventh album. The band will embark on a U.K. tour with OPETH in November. After the live dates, the group is planning to record their new album in Bradford, Lincolnshire and Canada in late November/December with a release tentatively scheduled for spring 2007. There are also rumors that a limited-edition version of this album will include four cover tracks as a bonus.

In other news, the documentary about PARADISE LOST's influence on gothic metal, entitled "Over the Madness" (filmed by Diran Noubar), is also due to be shown in 2007.

PARADISE LOST recently inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.

GUN/Sony/BMG in Europe and Abacus Recordings in the U.K. and the U.S released the band's last album, "Paradise Lost". Century Media Records will be re-releasing the album in the U.K. and U.S.

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Paradise Lost Signs To Century Media Records

Gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost and Century Media Records have announced the band's worldwide signing to the record label. In a career that has spanned over 17 years, Paradise Lost have sold a staggering two million albums worldwide.

European Label Manager Antje Lange commented on the signing, "We feel very honored to welcome Paradise Lost to The Century Family. Paradise Lost are an extremely influential band with the creative potential for a very bright future. As their new record label, we look forward to working to expand their global fan base."

After reviewing several offers, Paradise Lost chose to sign to Century Media worldwide. Vocalist Nick Holmes states, "It's great to be on a label with so many metal bands and such a heritage. This worldwide deal will give us a chance to have a crack at the U.S."

GUN/Sony/BMG in Europe and Abacus Recordings in the U.K. and the U.S released the band's last album "Paradise Lost." Century Media Records will be re-releasing the album in the U.K. and U.S.

Currently in pre-production with producer Rhys Fulber for their as of yet unnamed 11th album, the band will embark on a U.K. tour with Opeth in November. After the live dates, the band is planning to record their new album in Bradford, Lincolnshire and Canada in late November/December with a release tentatively scheduled for spring 2007.

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Paradise Lost Make Statement About UK Opeth Tour

British heavy rockers PARADISE LOST have issued the following statement regarding their upcoming U.K. tour with OPETH:

"There seems to be a lot of confusion on various forums about this forthcoming OPETH/PARADISE LOST tour. PARADISE LOST is NOT a support band for OPETH, they are special guests and therefore will be playing a full one-hour set. Not 30, or 40 minutes as some people assume."

PARADISE LOST will be the "special guests" at the following OPETH U.K. dates:

Nov. 05 - Portsmouth, UK @ Pyramid
Nov. 06 - Glasgow, UK @ ABC
Nov. 07 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Nov. 08 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Nov. 09 - London, UK @ Roadhouse
Nov. 10 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Nov. 11 - Exeter, UK @ Great Hall

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Paradise Lost To Support Opeth In U.K.

PARADISE LOST have been confirmed as the support band for OPETH on their upcoming U.K. tour. The dates are as follows:

Nov. 05 - Portsmouth, UK @ Pyramid
Nov. 06 - Glasgow, UK @ ABC
Nov. 07 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Nov. 08 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Nov. 09 - London, UK @ Roadhouse
Nov. 10 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Nov. 11 - Exeter, UK @ Great Hall

PARADISE LOST's latest album, entitled "Paradise Lost", was released in the U.S. last November via Abacus Recordings. The CD features the regular 12 tracks and two bonus tracks taken from the limited-edition "Forever After" EP.

"Paradise Lost" was recorded primarily at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England under the guidance of producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). The follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life" is the group's first CD to feature drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE).

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Paradise Lost Planning US Tour for 2006

Goth Metal pioneers PARADISE LOST's axeman, Gregor Mackintosh, recently spoke to Metal Temple magazine’s Chris Downie about various interesting issues. Among those issues were the band’s switching labels, the evolution of the band’s sound and comparisons between PARADISE LOST's older stuff and their latest releases, as well as some touring plans for next year. Here are a few excerpts from the interview: More...

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ex-Paradise Lost Drummer Lands In Ten

UK melodic rockers Ten have brought in ex-Paradise Lost drummer Lee Morris. He left Paradise Lost early last year, after nearly a decade with the band.

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Paradise Lost Sign Licensing Deal w/ Century Media

PARADISE LOST have signed a licensing deal with Century Media Records to release the group's new self-titled album in all territories except for continental Europe and Japan, where the CD is still licensed to G.U.N./Sony BMG.

The tentative U.K. release date is still set to be August. More information will be made available soon.

PARADISE LOST's new self-titled album — named in celebration of the group's 10th studio album since their full-length debut, "Lost Paradise", was released in 1990 — was recorded primarily at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England under the guidance of producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). The follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life" is the group's first CD to feature drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE).

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Paradise Lost Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Paradise Lost are the latest band to be confirmed for B-O-A, BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, taking place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire, UK. Their new self titled CD will be released during May in the UK.

The B-O-A lineup comprises:

CHILDREN OF BODOM
PARADISE LOST
SEBASTIAN BACH
MOSTLY AUTUMN
EDGUY
BREED77
MASTERPLAN
EVERGREY
GOTTHARD
PANIC CELL
FOURWAYKILL
HUMANITY

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Orphaned Land To Support Paradise Lost

Orphaned Land will be direct support to Paradise Lost on their forthcoming European tour.

Frontman Kobi Farhi comments:

Hello to all the Orphans out there, we just got back from two killer shows we did with Kreator and Tristania in Mexico! We are very happy to support the legendary Paradise Lost, it will be our debut European tour - be sure that we will flood your countries with our raging storm!!! See you all soon! Forever Orphaned.

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