@ KOKO, London
October 4th 2015
Review by Ellen Trap Norvang
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Gothic doom pioneers, Paradise Lost, landed in London on the first leg of the tour with their latest release, The Plague Within.
KOKO is a beautiful setting for tonight’s show as the theatrical setting only adds to the gothic factor. If tonight’s venue Koko deliberately was set to spread out an extreme scent of incense and petrolia, I do not know. It definitely not only felt gothic on this Sunday night, but sure smelled like it as well.
Swedish Tribualtion are touring with their third album release and they are the perfect opening act for Paradise Lost.
Their sound is powerful and their old school death metal fills up the room and for a band that hasn’t been around for that long they deliver a show that impresses and for they for sure made new fans this evening.
Not much is being said from stage; this is only the music and the cool performing doing all the communication.
The Northerners in Paradise Lost are one of the most infamous bands in the gothic metal scene. If you have ever searched for heavy, gloomy doom accompanied by lyrics so dark and depressing as it can ever get, then you have probably come across these guys before.
The band’s 14th studio album, The Plague Within, went back to the roots and it is a pleasure to see these songs come alive on stage.
One of the best tracks of The Plague Within, “No Hope in Sight”, kicks off the setlist. Only three songs into the set the band plays the epic classic “Gothic”. The audience is already warmed up and even slow doom can create a large mosh pit.
The band is on form, playing tight and professionally. Singer Nick Holmes is in good spirits tonight and his dark sense of humour never fails.
The band begins their encore with the brilliant “Return to the Sun” from their latest album and leaves the audience fulfilled and in a strange way warm and fuzzy inside from witnessing some of the most depressing bands ever to have entered the musical scene.
Paradise Lost set list:
1. No Hope in Sight
6. Praise Lamented Shade
7. Victim of the Past
9. Cry Out
10. Beneath Broken Earth
11. As I Die
13. Return to the Sun
14. Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us
15. An Eternity of Lies
16. Say Just Words