A Review of the Album Lost Paradise by British Band Paradise Lost
What is the Musical Style of Lost Paradise?
In covering British band Paradise Lost, I started with their 1997 studio album One Second. Then there was the analysis of their 2002 album Symbol of Life. And then there is their very good 1991 album called Gothic. Paradise Lost’s 1990 debut album called Lost Paradise is in the same style as Gothic is.
What is the Vocal Style of Nick Holmes?
The vocals by Nick Holmes in this album seem to be a hybrid or a cross between Peter Tagtgren and to a certain degree Tomi Koivusaari.
What is the First Song on Lost Paradise?
The first track on Lost Paradise isn’t really a song in the literal sense but rather it is a track where you can hear incessant laughter in the background which has been drowned out by industrial sound effects.
This Album is Like an Experiment by Paradise Lost
With this album being the very first one by Paradise Lost, there are musical qualities that would get improved on as the band’s career progressed. The musical style of Lost Paradise is very much like early Amorphis (1990-1994) but the album isn’t lost in a chaotic sense.
Paradise Lost Would Eventually Influence Other Artists Such as Agalloch
The riffs are heavy with Nick Holmes using plenty of growling shouts. Portland Oregon’s doom and death metal band Agalloch would use this same doom/death metal style when they formed in the 1990’s however the vocal style of Agalloch is a lower, raspier growl instead of a more guttural growl like this.
A Photo of the Book of a Dramatized Re-Telling of the Famous Poem Paradise Lost by Sir John Milton
There is a Song Called Paradise Lost
There is actually a song on this album called Paradise Lost and this slow, heavy song is about someone who feels like they are running through the maze of life and he feels like the sun will disappear. When someone dies with their eyes open it looks like they are staring at someone and the transition to heaven begins with their soul separating from the physical body.
The Significance of the Song Our Saviour
The song Our Saviour lyrically questions the influence of the church and makes reference to the fact that wars are caused by the uproar of organized religion. Certainly, there have been wars caused over religion but that is not the only factor. Some people wonder as they sit and pray to the LORD whether their prayers have been answered or not. The song is saying where is GOD when someone is dying when they are alone? The song also says that people were raised in a culture of lies about a GOD that is there to help them out. Many Christians may question the lyrical validity of the song but I feel that there is a GOD that watches over us and those that believe in HIM are not a bunch of mindless fools but that’s a topic for another article.
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Final Thoughts About the Album Lost Paradise
The next song called Rotting Misery is a song that tries to paint the human existence as being miserable. While the album’s mood musically is somber, it should not make the listener depressed. Frozen Illusion is a song that describes a person being in the darkest room possible as he feels the walls closing in on his life. It is almost like he feels that he has no hope left and nothing to strive for. Lost Paradise’s biggest weaknesses musically are that the lyrics only focus on themes such as loss of life, anti-religion and other morbid topics and the riffs are not creative enough. Lost Paradise is just an average instrumental song as the album ends with the song called Internal Torment 2. What kind of score does Lost Paradise get? Nothing more than 70 out of 100 points making it the weakest album of Paradise Lost’s career.
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