Genre defining British death/doomers Paradise Lost are re-issuing their seminal 1992 album Shades Of God on 12” picture disc through Music for Nations on 22nd July.
Frontman Nick Holmes comments:
“We recorded Shades Of God in a remote farmhouse near Kettering. It was our first album with Music For Nations and producer Simon Efemy and probably the most memorable recording session we have ever done. For the first 3 weeks we had no TV to watch, the internet of course didn’t exist so we had to entertain ourselves with Ouija boards, ghost stories and playing tricks on each other for amusement. Musically I think it’s one our heaviest albums and very different to Gothic, heading in a more doomy direction, really riff orientated with a vocal style that would eventually lead to Icon.”
Shades Of God – the follow up to 1990’s pioneering Gothic – is seen as the moment where Paradise Lost moved towards a more doom-centric sound, whilst still encompassing a wide range of other musical genres, showing off the band’s creativity and inventiveness in forging their own distinct take on doom metal, a style that would be continued on 1993’s Icon.
Since their formation in 1988, Paradise Lost have consistently rewritten the doom metal rulebook. Maintaining a key lineup of founding members Nick Holmes (vocals), Greg Mackintosh (lead guitar, keyboards), Aaron Aedy (rhythm guitar) and Steve Edmonson (bass guitar), the band released their fourteenth and most recent album The Plague Within last year; an astonishing album that marked a return to their death/doom roots.
Catch ’em live: Paradise Lost are returning to the UK festival circuit this year with a mainstage appearance at Bloodstock festival on Saturday 13th August.