ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Review of the Album "Draconian Times" by British Gothic Metal Band Paradise Lost

Updated on December 17, 2020
CELEBSFAN78 profile image

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

The Album Draconian Times Begins With the Song Enchantment

Draconian Times is the 5th studio album by the UK’s veteran Gothic metal band Paradise Lost and once again, lyrically, the band explores the struggle of man as we go through various emotions and feelings. The album begins with the piano driven and Gothic song called "Enchantment." In life, you are not the only person that cries sometimes. We all feel guilt at certain times in our lives. There is a sort of atmospheric feel that reminds me of Italy’s Lacuna Coil, a band that I would get into starting in 1999. Note: all I need is a simple reminder that life will not always be smooth sailing. Don’t we wish that life would always be full of joy? As great as that sounds to all of us, that’s not how life works out unfortunately.

Draconian Times...the Songs Part 1

"Hallowed Land" once again has a keyboard part that Amorphis would later use in their career. The Last Time is a good mid-tempo song about the end of a relationship. Forever Failure is a song that features some loud, passionate singing by Nick Holmes as the song is about someone that is frustrated because their mind has gone into being in temptation mode as the person has a lack of faith. The song ends with the quote of someone saying “I don’t really know what sorry means.” Is the person described in the song okay with failure? Failure at something does not mean that a person is always a failure. Do you feel that you lack a purpose in life? If so, you are not alone in this regard. It can feel like we are heading nowhere in life but if we really think about it every one of us has a purpose in this life.

"Forever Failure"

Analysis of the Songs Shadowkings & Elusive Cure

"Shadowkings" is a song that describes that humans really don’t know who they really are as these voices dominate that inner chatter in their minds and they expect these voices to set them free and show who they really are but our mind can sometimes be our biggest deceiver. "Elusive Cure" is a song that illustrates that some people sacrifice their morality for greed and that does not work out well in the end. Paradise Lost by this point in their career has really refined their guitar sound and that helps energize and excite their fan base.

Draconian Times...the Rest of the Album Review

"Yearn for Change" is a song that describes the kind of life that some people lead as pain seems to be the only thing that they go through. They pray for change hoping that their circumstances will get better. "Shades of God" is a song is a song that describes man’s search for faith. In our search for faith, sometimes we are led astray by certain forces. "Hands of Reason" describes a situation where some people indulge in things that they think are treasures but their insane thoughts cause them to fall into feeling like they lack what they are after. There is still a tomorrow as long as we are alive and in reality our thoughts can be changed by us and we have the ability to choose our thoughts. It is through sustained thought that I chose to write another Paradise Lost album review. In closing, some say that Draconian Times is Paradise Lost’s finest work and this claim is certainly a legitimate claim. This is a band that started as a very heavy death and doom metal band with Nick Holmes using mostly harsh growls and Paradise lost has matured into an excellent Gothic Rock band that is still strong today.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)