By Octopi Mills

Paradise Lost holds a long history that is of the legendary kind; a long running band that has kept a stable horse stable for many years and many albums. I lost Paradise lost after some of their different attempts though never was a consistent listener and now that I have touched upon some of their earlier classic works, I feel merit to further examine the music .

“Medusa” plays before me now; "Fearless Sky" has a sound that would fit well to their earlier style, at least partially close in ideal enough for the merit- one that seems very much to have helped and inspired the old British doom sound to become a genre. The guitars of Gregor Mackintosh come to play and carry the weight and spirit of Paradise Lost as I see it, or so it appears to me. It is always interesting to hear how a band finds its own identity in merely a few scales, modes, or chords, and somehow impart the magnetism of their spirit into music- even if others play and touch upon the same notes, though I fail to weep. The next song runs toward the seven minute mark and then into "From the Gallows" and it is apparent that the typical way to record albums with a sameness in sound is how the game is usually played these days too, giving the album an typical studio environment; I complain that it is overdone and is enslavement 90 percent of the time.

 There is a monotonous emotion in the feeling of the music; a numbness that is cold and melancholy halls and stone, and dead fish eyes staring from a black hoodie. I nearly thought I heard Peter Steele in "The Longest Winter" but I knew it was in bad taste to think, let alone print as well as I know I cannot control the brain housed in my skull, nor the tongue of my modern quill . The title track mourns and strings tears that stream soft nowheres, in the plodding album it bears its name from, leaving behind nothingness. The formula remains the same throughout the album and offers no surprises or doesn't seek to do wild, bold things, but rather keeps itself true to the same base feeling the whole way through. As it goes on it is just Paradise Lost,..something their old lifelong listeners will be pleased to hear and experience again in new ways, but in doing so will fail to capture the deep interest of other listeners looking for further experiences built on new grounds. But it probably doesn't mean much to them or their listeners.