It's really weird to think that death metal has reached an age where it now has 'legacy bands'. Conservatively, the genre's now 30 years old. Thirty years is a long, long time for any band to be around, death metal or otherwise. And yet, it began as a bunch of noise bursting forth from restless 'n' unruly teenagers. Most of those teenagers who were the formative forces/face of death metal have disbanded, and certainly are no longer teenagers.
But a precious few have stuck through it, through thick and especially thin, and sometimes successfully/unsuccessfully finding their way back to the genre. Paradise Lost are one of those such bands, and definitely a Legacy Band of death metal at this stage. I distinctly remember hearing their Lost Paradise debut as a preteen, and being as perplexed by its slow 'n' low murk as its moniker-switcheroo title. Then came the Gothic follow-up to soundly blow our minds: if you don't have every second of this record committed to memory, I don't want to be your friend.
Then... well, admittedly, I had an on/off relationship with the band. I'd maybe check out every other album upon its release (or within a few months, or whatever - the internet was pretty bare for metal during the '90s). But the 1990s were an odd time, as grunge and alt-rock ruling the airwaves on both sides of the Atlantic during most of the decade, and that had a trickle-down effect to extreme(r) metal, be it in wholesale stylistic shifts or at least matters more sartorial. Paradise Lost, by their own admission, got swept up in this just like about every other semi-successful death metal band. They went through some odd times, lost a fanbase, gained another, tweak and refine, refine and tweak - and then the '90s were over. Death metal kinda was, too, at least for a little while.
Somehow, the Noughties started and there was Paradise Lost, in fit 'n' fighting shape. Sure, maybe not the scruffs you remember from that Grindcore VHS comp, but they'd managed to bridge their very different, very defined eras and take them into the new millennium, to develop a sound that's distinctly, eternally theirs. And holy shit, they're now on their 14th album, so we figured it was high time to get them on the cover. John Norby takes a very candid walk down memory land with the band; this is some eye-opening reading. Oh, and as always, lotsa other eye-opening content across this issue... get reading!
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COVER FEATUREParadise Lost
REGULAR FEATURESSaxon | Tribulation | Arcturus | Acid King | Sigh | Shining | Lightning Bolt | Drowning The Light | Nocternity | Fortid | Forgotten Tomb | Satanic Warmaster | Macabre Omen | Unleashed | Agnostic Front | Poison Idea | Minsk
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONDevouring star | Murg | Slaegt
DARK ENTRIES | DARK AMBIENTSabled Sun | Apocryphos | Ricardo Donoso
ANGER BURNING | RAW-PUNK - CRUST - D-BEATForward | Think Again | Raw Distractions
RAPID FIRESewercide | Secrets Of The Sky | Inculter | Horror Vacui | Chaos Echoes | Invincible Force | Violent Reaction | Bell Witch | Akhyls | House Of Atreus | Oblivionized
SENTENCINGAudio reviews including the ZT Soundcheck and Release Of The Issue Live reviews
- LABEL PROFILE | Brutal Panda
- ON THE RACK | Prong
- ARTIST PROFILE | ...And Justice For Art
- VIEW FROM THE BUNKER | Alan 'Nemtheanga' Averill's column