ARTIST:

PARADISE LOST

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

ICON

(1993)
LABEL:

MUSIC FOR NATIONS

GENRE:

GOTHIC METAL

TAGS:
Low vocals, Melancholic, Opera-Rock
"Deep, sensitive and perfectly balanced mixing more accessible and darker tracks, "Icon" is the jewel of Paradise Lost"
NOISE (07.05.2012)  
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Following a regular rhythm, Paradise Lost proposes the continuation of its adventures one year after "Shades Of God". Little by little, the band has built up a good reputation in the underground metal world and even beyond. "Icon" was released in the fall of 1993 and complete the transformation of the band. On the previous record, one could already feel an evolution towards a more accessible music. Holmes had started to modulate his voice and the death metal aspects were gradually fading away in favor of a heavier style, even if the doom facet was still very marked. "Icon" is to be considered as the mutation of Paradise Lost. Holmes and Mackintosh leave aside the death metal in favor of a heavy gothic style with a Nick Holmes who now sings instead of growling. His dark and low tone, not far from James Hetfield, brings to the record a strong extra soul.

The tracks of "Icon" are all short with a catchy melody while keeping dark and oppressive aspects. Paradise Lost is lyrical, powerful, gothic and heavy. The great titles are legion with notably "Embers Fire" which opens the album in a majestic way with its symphonic introduction of great class and its perfect mixture of deep vocals and sumptuous riffs as well as "Remembrance", a little jewel of gothic metal or "True Belief", a perfect hit, accessible and heavy and carried by a huge chorus all in nuances. Finally, Paradise Lost concludes this amazing album with a final duet beautiful to cry. "Christendom" and the final instrumental "Deus Miseratu" give the record this extra soul that makes all its beauty. The first one is a monument of gothic doom metal, supported by dark and delicate female voices, while the final one is soaring and majestic. The mixture between the piano and a rather thick guitar riff is wonderfull.

Deep, sensitive and perfectly balanced mixing more accessible and darker tracks, "Icon" is the jewel of Paradise Lost which already reaches its peak while it has barely five years of existence. With such an album, the band changes galaxy by opening up to a large public while keeping intact its artistic integrity.


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





TRACK LISTING:
01. Embers Fire (04:44)
02. Remembrance (03:26)
03. Forging Sympathy (04:43)
04. Joys Of The Emptiness (03:29)
05. Dying Freedom (04:43)
06. Widow (03:03)
07. Colossal Rains (04:35)
08. Weeping Words (03:50)
09. Poison (03:00)
10. True Belief (04:30)
11. Shallow Seasons (04:55)
12. Christendom (04:30)
13. Deus Miseratur (01:57)

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