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Album Review #01

Posted by Cheshire Cat , Apr 16 2012 · 74 views

Album Pardise Lost Music Review Metal Gothic
Since I now have a blog, I thought I might as well start doing occasional short album reviews.
And since Tragic Idol - the thirteenth album from the founders of Gothic Metal, Paradise Lost - comes out in a week's time, I thought I'd review it's predecessor: 2009's Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us.

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This was Paradise Lost's twelfth album, and is my favourite by them. It actually also is one of my favourite albums of all time.
In comparison to their previous albums, it continues the darker and heavier side of Paradise Lost established by 2007's In Requiem, but steps it up a notch, while also taking bits from all of their previous eras of sound and using them as inspiration.
The opening track, As Horizons End, tells you exactly what you're in for: a melodic, melancholic and atmospheric, yet very heavy and guitar-driven Gothic Metal record. There are a few variations in pace throughout the album, with some slower songs like the title track or In Truth but the whole record flows very well and the mood is never broken.
Gregor Mackintosh is my favourite guitarist and this album is a great showcase as to why: his songwriting is fantastic. This album is full of great guitar playing with brilliant riffs and and solos, all of which serve to create a powerful melancholic atmosphere, which is something I've always loved Paradise Lost for doing. An epic atmosphere which is further strengthened by Nick Holmes' powerful vocals.
There is really nothing negative I can say about this album. It pushes all the right buttons for me and I am happy to be a die-hard fan of the band.
Also worth noting is that I bought the 2 CD limited edition of this album on its release day, which came with three bonus tracks - Cardinal Zero, which is a very strong track that could have easily been on the regular album, and different versions of the title track and Last Regret, with the music performed by the Lost In Prague orchestra. Let me tell you, the orchestra versions are very epic indeed, although I do prefer the originals.

Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us is the fathers of Gothic Metal showing everyone how it's done.

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Decent review. Coincidentally, I've been planning on picking this album up later in the week.
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Cheshire Cat
Apr 16 2012 05:23 PM
Yeah, I'm not great at reviews :P
But I definitely recommend this. Even if you prefer the early death/doom, this album does draw a bit from it.
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I prefer it, yeah, but I've liked nearly everything I've heard by them. The 90s synth-y era just doesn't do it for me, aside from One Second.

Review wasn't bad by any means, but you could use a bit more practice. It almost seems to have a little bit too much of a fan bias, but that's not too big a deal for a short review like this.
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Cheshire Cat
Apr 16 2012 05:48 PM
Yeah, I can see why you wouldn't like the synth era. It's my least favourite, but I still do like One Second and even Host. Believe In Nothing is the only one that isn't that great, but it's still decent. Though Mackintosh supposedly himself said that he prefers to forget that album exists because they didn't have much creative control over and it was under instructions from their label.
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