Many a band has in one way or another changed their sound from year to year, or album to album. Paradise Lost is no stranger to this. Some call it the natural progression of the band. The band is maturing. Or simply, the band is a sellout. However you put it, these various changes from band to band can be a good thing or a bad thing.
Paradise Lost had a bit of a slip with this over the years as some would say. From their humble death/doom beginnings to an era of a more melancholic, gothic electronica sound and back again. I have missed the past couple of Paradise Lost releases. But when the droning first track came out of the speakers, “Fearless Sky”, I had a feeling that this was going to be a full on Paradise Lost album. Full of sorrow and doom filled edginess that only a band like Paradise Lost can pull off.
Things do pick up a bit for “From the Gallows”. “The Longest Winter” is more reminiscent of a Type O Negative track. The next couple of tracks drudge along at a descent pace. “Blood & Chaos” seems to be the speediest track while “Until The Grave” takes the listener back down a gloomy road.
Overall, this album seems to be, and if memory serves me, a bit heavier than some previous Paradise Lost releases. Diehards need not worry with this one. And for those who maybe gave the band a chance at the ‘wrong time’, you really need to check this one out. Not that the band has ever put out anything bad in the past, but maybe just not up to par for some. MEDUSA get the job done!
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