Paradise Lost – A 2012-ben is elveszett paradicsom!

A *Paradise Lost  angol gothic metal együttes, amely 1988-ban alakult Halifaxban. A Paradise Lost – a My Dying Bride és azAnathema zenekarokkal közösen – a doom-death metal és a gothic metal stílusalapítói voltak az 1990-es évek elején. Az együttes nevét John Milton angol költő 1667-ben írt Elveszett Paradicsom című művéről kapta.
Title page of the first edition (1668)
A Nick Holmes énekes, Greg Mackintosh gitáros, Aaron Aedy gitáros, Stephen Edmondson gitáros és Matthew Archer alkotta csapat debütáló albuma 1990-ben jelent meg Lost Paradise címmel a Peaceville kiadónál. Következő lemezük, a stílusdefiniáló Gothic egy évvel később jelent meg. A korábbi death metal stílusjegyeket a doom metal vontatottabb tempójával ötvözték, Nick Holmes durva hörgő énektémáival kontrasztban pedig operás női éneket is alkalmaztak. A Music For Nations kiadóhoz szerződve a következő albumokon egyre inkább letisztult a Paradise Lost hangzása, a metal mellett folyamatosan egyre több teret kaptak a gothic rock hatásaik. Népszerűségük csúcsát az 1995-ben megjelent Draconian Times albumuk idején érték el. Ekkor már Lee Morris dobolt az együttesben.
Az 1997-es One Second lemezen új irányba fordult a Paradise Lost, amikor beemelték hangzásukba az elektronikus zenékre jellemző gépi effekteket, loopokat és hangmintákat, nagy csalódást okozva ezzel a korai éra rajongóinak, de egyben újakat is toborozva. Az EMI-nál megjelent következő albumon (Host, 1999) még tovább léptek ebbe az irányba és a gitárok szinte teljesen eltűntek a dalokból. Azóta lemezről lemezre fokozatosan hoznak vissza egyre többet régi énjükből. Legutóbbi, 2007-es In Requiem című albumukat (amely már a Century Medianál jelent meg) a kritikusok az 1993-as Icon c. klasszikus Paradise Lost lemezhez hasonlították. A Lee Morris helyére 2004-ben érkező Jeff Singer dobos 2008-ban lépett ki az együttesből. A Paradise Lost új dobosa Adrian Erlandsson (ex-At the Gates, ex-Cradle of Filth) lett. A zenekar jelenleg új albumának a “Tragic Idol“-nak  felvételén dolgozik a Lincolnshire-i The Chapel Studios-ban . Megjelenés tervezett dátuma 2012. április 23-a!


  • Nick Holmes – ének (1988-napjainkig)
  • Greg Mackintosh – szólógitár (1988-napjainkig)
  • Aaron Aedy – ritmusgitár (1988-napjainkig)
  • Steve Edmondson – basszusgitár (1988-napjainkig)
  • Adrian Erlandsson – dobok (2009-napjainkig)

Korábbi tagok 
  • Matthew Archer – dobok (1988-1994)
  • Lee Morris – dobok (1994-2004)
  • Jeff Singer – dobok (2004-2008)

Kisegítő zenészek 
  • Mark Heron – dobok (2008)
  • Peter Damin – dobok (2009)

Kislemezek, EP-k 
*Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, changed into twelve books (in the manner of the division ofVirgil‘s Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification.
The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from theGarden of Eden. Milton’s purpose, stated in Book I, is to “justify the ways of God to men.” Paradise Lost is often considered one of the greatest literary works in the English language.
Gustave DoréDepiction of Satan,
the antagonist of 
John Milton‘s Paradise Lostc. 1866
Paradise Lost  
band that formed in 1988 in Halifax, England.
Their first three full-length albums are examples of the death/doom style, although the latter two incorporated some melodic and gothic elements. However, with the release of the albums Icon (1993) and Draconian Times (1995), Paradise Lost also became known as pioneers of the gothic metal subgenre. In accordance with the change in musical approach, vocalist Nick Holmes changed his singing style. He used a death grunt on the band’s first three albums, but on Icon refined his voice to have a cleaner tone. Later (circa 1997), the band began experimenting with electronic styles but after four albums reverted again to gothic metal.
Their line-up has remained stable for such a long-standing heavy metal band, consisting of singer Nick Holmes, guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy, and bassist Steve Edmondson. Holmes and Mackintosh are the principal composers, with almost all of the band’s songs credited to them. During the years, the band has only changed drummers, with original member Matthew Archer replaced in 1994 by ex-Marshall Law drummer Lee Morris In March 2004, Morris left the band. Jeff Singer took Morris’ place and has played on all subsequent releases, though he was not listed as a permanent band member until the release of the single “The Enemy” in 2007. In a recent video interview, Mackintosh and Holmes revealed that Singer had already auditioned for the band when Archer left, but they chose Morris instead because “[Singer] had a pink drumkit”.
Early on, Paradise Lost were inspired by KreatorCeltic FrostCandlemassDeathMorbid Angel, and Repulsion. Up to 1989, the band recorded demo cassettes, then signed with Peaceville Records for their first album (recorded at The Academy), Lost Paradise. Their debut was well received by press and fans alike. In November 1990, Paradise Lost went back to The Academy to work on the second album. 1991’s Gothic (also on Peaceville) was the band’s stylistic breakthrough, eventually becoming an influential album within the extreme metal circles. The album was labeled a “classic” and was rated highly by both fans and critics. The album expanded beyond the original death/doom format by being more melodic and featuring symphonic orchestra and female vocals by Sarah Marrion. With this album the band pushed “gothic” into the metal scene and started a new genre – gothic metal. Paradise Lost was signed to the Music for Nations label, and in July 1992 released Shades Of God. The album contained the song “As I Die,” later released as a single/EP. In summer 1993, the band commenced work on their fourth full-length record, Icon which was released on September in the same year. The album hit the German charts at number 31, It solidified the band’s position in the mainstream metal scene. Draconian Times, one of the band’s most successful albums came in June 1995; a limited edition digipack offered a second disc, dubbed “Live Tracks, Demos & B-Sides,” with five live recordings as well as demos and outtakes. To promote the album, Paradise Lost went on a tour through Europe, South America, Australia, and Japan.
On the album One Second (1997), the band began to experiment with Depeche Mode-esque synth pop and electronica. The album turned out to be one of the band’s most important releases, cracking the German and Swedish top ten charts and giving the band a boost in popularity everywhere, it seemed — except the UK. The band later contracted EMI Electrola in Germany for its next album, Host, released in 1999, on which they continued to experiment with new sounds, appearing to shed their metal roots. On the next album, Believe in Nothing (2001), Paradise Lost continued the synth direction, but adding rock elements to the music. In May 2002, the band signed to GUN records, and on the album that followed,Symbol of Life, the metallic roots of the band began to resurface.
Paradise Lost released their 10th, eponymous album in 2005 on GUN records. The eleventh album, In Requiem, was released in Spring 2007 on Century Media; it was generally well-accepted and highly rated by both critics and fans, pleased to see the band returning to their heavier, gothic metal sound similar to that of earlier albums like Draconian Times. The full-length was preceded by a single, “The Enemy.”
In November 2007, Century Media released the DVD Over The Madness, which documents the impact Paradise Lost has had on gothic metal and provides insight into the mindset and workings of Paradise Lost. Disc 2 includes further interviews, rehearsal footage, plus backstage and memorabilia sections.
On 13 August 2008, drummer Jeff Singer announced his departure from the band on the Paradise Lost official website. He wanted to be with his family, had an upcoming job, and the then-upcoming South American tour would interfere with that. As a result, Paradise Lost had to cancel the South American tour dates that they had planned. Soon after, on 28 August 2008, the Paradise Lost official website announced that the cancelled South American tour has been reconfirmed and that Mark Heron from Oceansize would take over on drums.
At the beginning of 2009, Paradise Lost recorded an album with producer Jens Bogren in Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. At the time there was no full-time replacement for Jeff Singer and drums were played by Swedish drummer Peter Damin. On 16 March 2009, when the album was already finished with being recorded, the band recruited Adrian Erlandsson (ex-At the Gates, ex-Cradle of Filth) as a full-time drummer for the band.
On 18 June 2009, Paradise Lost officially announced Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us as the title of their album to be released on Century Media Records on 25 September 2009 in Germany, on 28 September 2009 in the rest of Europe and on 6 October 2009 in the US.
Paradise Lost headlined the Jägermeister Stage at Ozzfest 2010 on 18 September 2010.
In late 2011, Paradise Lost began recording its 13th studio album Tragic Idol in The Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire. The release date is 23 April 2012.

Current members
Former members
Session members
  • Mark Heron – touring drums (2008)
  • Peter Damin – studio drums (2009)
  • Milly Evans – touring guitar (2009–2010), touring keyboards and backing vocals (2011)

Studio albums
Live recordings
Link: Paradise Lost official site:


I don’t owe anything
I don’t owe anyone
Shoot pride for all it’s worth
I don’t belong
In a situation now
That I could not repair
I assert myself to sleep
Show others that I’ve cared
How cold is this poor life
Lay ashes at my grave
If it takes me away from you
A subtle gesture
I don’t know anyone (cherish my religion)
I don’t know anyone (faith is only fiction)
I don’t know anyone (cherish my religion)
I don’t know anyone (faith is only fiction)
This is erased I promise not a trace
This is erased I promise no delay not a trace
The End…No!