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Paradise Lost : Gothic

Most older fans of the death/doom genre see the 'Gothic' album as Paradise Lost's most influential album and it is definately a classic!. After releasing 'Lost Paradise' it was all too clear that the follow up album would be filled with even more misery and darkness. But that they could create such a sound as found on this album I believe few expected.

'Gothic' has less Death-metal influences than it's predecessor and there were allowed more room for experimentation, like sporadic female vocals and keyboards. This use of keyboards to create an even darker and more haunting sound, in addition to some orchestral arrangements and the sporadic use of female vocals, considerably add to the overal atmosphere. All this without losing much of the heaviness of their debut. Don't be fooled into thinking this album has anything to do with the mellow sounds of Gothic-metal just because of the keyboards and female vocals. This is raw Death/Doom to the max! N. Holmes also still grunts on this album but at times also experiments a bit with his vocals.

'Gothic' is one of the darkest and most unrelenting albums ever, more accessible than their debut due to the experimentation and the wonderfully depressive atmosphere. Once more, however, it is a shame theat the album lacks good production, although this, in a sense, also adds to the depressive feel of the album.

[note by reviewer: Rumour control - when this album was released nobody used the term Gothic-metal for it. This term did not get into use till years later for a DIFFERENT type of music. As such Doom-Metal.com does not share the believe this album, despite its name, "created" Gothic-metal.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Gothic
2. Dead Emotion
3. Shattered
4. Rapture
5. Eternal
6. Falling Forever
7. Angel Tears
8. Silent
9. The Painless
10. Desolate

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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