Paradise Lost to release new studio album “Obsidian” on May 15th 2020

Paradise Lost Obsidian cover
Obsidian”… dark, reflective and black: it’s a pretty decent description of the music that Paradise Lost have been making over the last 32 years, even though this most resilient of British metal bands have stoically refused to be pinned down to one easily defined formula. Powered by a lust for creativity and a stout devotion to haunting heaviness, Paradise Lost have defied the odds by coming back stronger than ever over the past decade.

Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in 1988, Paradise Lost were unlikely candidates for metal glory when they slithered from the shadows and infiltrated the UK underground. But not content with spawning an entire subgenre with early death/doom masterpiece Gothic nor with conquering the metal mainstream with the balls-out power of 1995’s “Draconian Times”, they have subsequently traversed multiple genre boundaries with skill and grace, evolving through the pitch-black alt-rock mastery of ‘90s classics “One Second” and “Host” to the muscular but ornate grandeur of 2009’s “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us” and “Tragic Idol” (2012), with the nonchalant finesse of grand masters. The band’s last two albums – “The Plague Within” (2015) and “Medusa” (2017) – saw a much celebrated return to brutal, old school thinking, via two crushing

monoliths to slow-motion death and spiritual defeat. Consistently hailed as one of metal’s most charismatic live bands, Paradise Lost arrive in this new decade as veterans, legends and revered figureheads for several generations of gloomy metalheads. In keeping with their unerring refusal to deliver the expected, 2020 brings one of the band’s most diverse and devastating creations to date.

The sixteenth Paradise Lost studio album, “Obsidian” eschews its immediate predecessors’ gruesome, myopic approach in favour of a richer and more dynamic deluge of black shades. From the deceptive elegance and dual atmospheres of opener “Darker Thoughts” through to the crushing, baroque doom of war-torn closer “Ravenghast”, “Obsidian” reveals a band in masterful control of a broad array of vital ideas. Most noticeably, the record boasts several songs that draw heavily from the much-loved, Kohl-encrusted days of ‘80s gothic rock: in particular, newly-minted PL anthems “Ghosts” is a guaranteed dancefloor-filler at any discerning goth nightclub.

Produced by the band themselves, with the assistance of noted studio guru Jamie ‘Gomez’ Arellano, “Obsidian” is another compelling showcase for Paradise Lost’s ever-blazing passion for forging ahead. Fans of the last two albums’ back-to-basics ferocity will be well served by the menacing, scabrous likes of “The Devil Embraced” and “Serenity”, while those of a more gothic persuasion will be instantly mesmerised by “Ghosts”, icy anti-ballad “Forsaken and the gloriously morose “Ending Days”. In between those extremes, Paradise Lost continue to warp the edges of their long established musical identity, resulting in some of the boldest and most adventurous songs of their career to date. Nobly upholding his band’s mystique, Holmes remains reluctant to unpick the details of his lyrics, but “Obsidian” is clearly an album with a lot on its troubled mind.

Fans of Paradise Lost’s crushing doom phase have no reason to fear “Obsidian”’s diverse approach. Providing thrilling contrast with the snappy, pulsing grooves of “Ghosts” and its gothic counterparts, album closer “Ravenghast” plainly ranks as one of the darkest and heaviest things the band have ever recorded.

Blessed with some of his band’s strongest material yet, Nick Holmes has conjured an absorbing array of lyrical conceits and mysterious proclamations for “Obsidian”. As far as Greg Mackintosh is concerned, retaining that air of mystery is a fundamental part of Paradise Lost’s identity.

As they march through their fourth decade as a band, Paradise Lost have never sounded more potent or unified in their determination to bring the darkness to life. “Obsidian” is yet another glowering career peak, not just matching the imperious form of “The Plague Within” and “Medusa”, but artfully outstripping it with greater depth, colour and emotional power. While many bands of their vintage have embraced the nostalgia business, Paradise Lost remain a vibrant, vital and endlessly classy force for creative metallic good. 2020 will see the band hit the festival circuit with a vengeance, before touring “Obsidian” in earnest next year. Like the man said, this is a good time to be in Paradise Lost.

Watch the video for the new track “Fall From Grace” below.

Nick Holmes states: “This is a song about struggling through difficult times, and a point blank refusal to accept that the end is within range”.

Guitarist Greg Mackintosh adds: “The first song written for "Obsidian" so probably one of the closest in style to the previous album "Medusa". It has quite a few different elements to it but is essentially a classic PL song. Doom laden, but hopefully heartfelt and subtle in places”.

Pre-order “Obsidian” here.

Tracklist:
01. Darker Thoughts
02. Fall From Grace
03. Ghosts
04. The Devil Embraced
05. Forsaken
06. Serenity
07. Ending Days
08. Hope Dies Young
09. Ravenghast
10. Hear The Night (bonus track)
11. Defiler (bonus track)

Nick Holmes states: “As a global crisis, it goes without saying Covid-19 has affected everyone and everything, including every aspect of the music industry. As a result, our record label Nuclear Blast offered us the chance to postpone the launch of our latest album "Obsidian" to a less volatile time later in the year. Taking this into consideration, and the fact the live music circuit is currently in lockdown, we think it’s unnecessary to postpone the release as we think our fans wouldn’t want to wait. Music can be enjoyed in practically any environment, so therefore we are going ahead with the same release date 15.5.20, and we sincerely hope our new album helps to lift your spirits, and is a beacon of light in the dark during these uncertain times! Thanks for your continuous support through the years and see you on the road!”...

Line-up:
Nick Holmes - Vocals
Greg Mackintosh - Lead guitars
Aaron Aedy - Rhythm guitars
Steve Edmondson - Bass
Waltteri Väyrynen - Drums

Weblinks:
www.paradiselost.co.uk
www.facebook.com/paradiselostofficial