Paradise Lost (1988-present): a Death Metal band from Halifax, UK.
ounded by Nick Holmes (vocals), Gregor MacIntosh (guitar), Aaron Aedy (guitar), Stephen Edmondson (bass) and Matt Archer (drums), Paradise Lost initially played death metal but drifted quickly into the UK and US influenced "Grindcore" Thrash styles with gothic elements thrown in for good measure. After mixing in doom laden backtracks they became known as "Doomdeath". Taking their name from a famous Milton poem, they signed to the 'Peaceville' label in 1990 with their Lost Paradise debut emerging in 2000. In keeping with their literary influencestheir lyrics centered on their take on the misery of life. The aptly titled follow-up album Gothic (1991) saw the band slowing things down, adding keyboards and female vocals and eliminating the death metal grunt; generally drifting away from their death metal roots. After signing to 'Music For Nations' they would release Shades Of God (1992) and Icon (1993), the later set getting them long overdue critical acclaim and crossover fan base.
Draconian Times (1995) finally saw them hit the charts with a UK 16 coming across as a Metallica and Sisters Of Mercy meet Depeche Mode. The atmospheric misery laden sounds were resumed on One Second (1997) getting them a 31 UK.
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But things went decidedly down hill after their Reflection (1998) compilation, for their sound drifted too far into the atmospherics coming across as more Depeche Mode than their true selves, leaving their Host (1999) and Believe In Nothing (2001) releases to not fare as well as their predecessors. Their 2002 release of Symbol Of Life saw them attempting to recover their mid-period sound. In March of 2004, however, Lee Morris would leave for personal and artistic differences. In mid 2004 JeffSinger (ex-Blaze/ex-Kill II This) took over the drum stool.Selected Discography:
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