ARTIST:

PARADISE LOST

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

GOTHIC

(1991)
LABEL:

PEACEVILLE RECORDS

GENRE:

DEATH METAL

TAGS:
Growl, Melancholic
""Gothic" is highly recommended for fans of Doom and Gothic Metal and represents a milestone for Paradise Lost as it will never sound like this again."
NOISE (04.05.2012)  
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Paradise Lost had made a strong impression with their first album despite a rough sound and some rather messy doom aspects. The band is not going to rest on its laurels and will quickly release its second album at the beginning of 1991: "Gothic".

In accordance with the title of the album, Paradise Lost evolves its music by accentuating the doom and gloomy aspects and by putting the accent on the creation of dark and gloomy atmospheres. Nick Holmes also modifies his vocals, which remain largely guttural and death, but which also approach calmer and lower horizons. These small changes allow Paradise Lost to gain an extra soul and to bring a cold and bewitching beauty to its music.

All this is palpable from the eponymous track. Embellished with female voices, 'Gothic' is soft, the guitars are melodic and accessible, the rhythm slow and the orchestral passages typical of the genre. Then we sail in a universe where Death, Gothic and Doom merge. 'Dead Emotion', starting on Death Metal, surprises the listener in its second part with excellent soli and a dark and melancholic break, 'Shattered' offers gothic vocals, 'The Painless' offers female vocals and proposes a dark and disturbing climate with again very good melodic guitar passages that foreshadow the future evolution of the band and finally the instrumental 'Desolate' ends the album at the borders of Doom.

So of course, the whole is still quite rough and the sound in particular lacks power. The band is still young and lacks a bit of confidence on some of the guitar riffs as well as on some of the quieter and gothic passages. But we are allowed to witness little by little the birth of a genre that is growing rapidly. "Gothic" is therefore strongly recommended to fans of Doom and Gothic Metal. It represents a kind of quintessence of the genre and at the same time already, a certain achievement, since Paradise Lost will never sound like this again.


More informations on http://www.paradiselost.co.uk





TRACK LISTING:
01. Gothic (04:51)
02. Dead Emotion (04:38)
03. Shattered (04:01)
04. Rapture (05:09)
05. Eternal (03:55)
06. Falling Forever (03:35)
07. Angel Tears (02:40)
08. Silent (04:42)
09. The Painless (04:02)
10. Desolate (01:51)

LINEUP:
Aaron Aedy: Guitares
Greg Mackintosh: Guitares
Matthew Archer: Batterie
Nick Holmes: Chant
Steve Edmondson: Basse
   
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