Paradise Lost give their new gem Obsidian to the world
Under the circumstances of the last months, the new masterpiece of the band became something like a sign of hope for music fans all over the worlds, the previously released singles a soundtrack for these difficult, uncertain times. These days, the British legend from Halifax is the drug that numbs the pain , the lover that takes away the sorrows, the story that craves to be told. But of course, everyone spins his or her own story in the turbulences of life. But the most important: A new chapter begins. And that’s what gives us hope in difficult times like this.
To mark the occasion, the band released a video for “Darker Thoughts”, a mesmerizing and gloomy piece of music. The unique style of the video is also due to the restrictions of Covid-19. Whereas Nick’s performance parts were shot pre-lock-down, video producer Ash Pears from AshTV had to finish the video with random filmed bits.
Nick Holmes states: “Musically, this is a song of 2 halves and was originally written as an intro towards the end of the ‘Obsidian’ writing process. As a result, it’s one of the more spontaneous songs on the album. Lyrically, it’s a song about choosing the wrong path – failing to look before you leap, and dealing with the consequence of dubious decisions.”
The sixteenth Paradise Lost studio album, “Obsidian”, produced by Jaime Gomez (Orgone Studios) 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 Paradise Lost anthems “Ghosts” is a guaranteed dancefloor-filler at any discerning goth nightclub.
1. Darker Thoughts
2. Fall From Grace
4. The Devil Embraced
7. Ending Days
8. Hope Dies Young
Paradise Lost are:
Steve Edmondson – Bass (1988-present)
Greg Mackintosh – Guitars (lead), Keyboards (1988-present)
Aaron Aedy – Guitars (rhythm) (1988-present)
Nick Holmes – Vocals (1988-present)
Waltteri Väyrynen – Drums (2016-present)
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