Paradise Lost release video for ‘Darker Thoughts’ / New album ‘Obsidian’ out now
PARADISE LOST RELEASE VIDEO FOR ‘DARKER THOUGHTS’
NEW ALBUM ‘OBSIDIAN’ OUT NOW (NUCLEAR BLAST)
The day has finally arrived: PARADISE LOST present their new gem “Obsidian” to the world today. Under the circumstances of the past few months this new masterpiece from the band became something of a sign of hope for music fans all over the world, the previously released singles a soundtrack for these difficult uncertain times.These days the British legends from Halifax are the drug that numbs the pain, the lover that takes away the sorrows the story that craves to be told. But of course everyone spins his or her own story in the turbulences of life. But most important: A new chapter begins. And that’s what gives us hope in difficult times like this.
To mark the occasion the band released a video for “Darker Thoughts” a mesmerizing and gloomy piece of music. The unique style of the video is also due to the restrictions of Covid-19. Whereas Nick’s performance parts were shot pre-lock-down video producer Ash Pears from AshTV had to finish the video with random filmed footage. Check it out here:
Nick Holmes states: “Musically, this is a song of 2 halves and was originally written as an intro towards the end of the ‘Obsidian’ writing process. As a result, it’s one of the more spontaneous songs on the album. Lyrically, it’s a song about choosing the wrong path – failing to look before you leap, and dealing with the consequence of dubious decisions.”
The sixteenth PARADISE LOST studio album, ‘Obsidian’ eschews its immediate predecessors’ gruesome, myopic approach in favour of a richer and more dynamic deluge of black shades. From the deceptive elegance and dual atmospheres of opener ‘Darker Thoughts’ through to the crushing, baroque doom of war-torn closer ‘Ravenghast‘, ‘Obsidian’ reveals a band in masterful control of a broad array of vital ideas. Most noticeably, the record boasts several songs that draw heavily from the much-loved, Kohl-encrusted days of ‘80s gothic rock: in particular, newly-minted PARADISE LOST anthems ‘Ghosts‘ is a guaranteed dancefloor-filler at any discerning goth nightclub.
Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in 1988, PARADISE LOST were unlikely candidates for metal glory when they slithered from the shadows and infiltrated the UK underground. But not content with spawning an entire subgenre with early death/doom masterpiece ‘Gothic’ nor with conquering the metal mainstream with the balls-out power of 1995’s ‘Draconian Times’, they have subsequently traversed multiple genre boundaries with skill and grace, evolving through the pitch-black alt-rock mastery of ‘90s classics ‘One Second’ and ‘Host’ to the muscular but ornate grandeur of 2009’s ‘Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us’ and „Tragic Idol“ (2012), with the nonchalant finesse of grand masters. The band’s last two albums – ‘The Plague Within’ (2015) and ‘Medusa’ (2017) – saw a much celebrated return to brutal, old school thinking, via two crushing monoliths to slow-motion death and spiritual defeat. Consistently hailed as one of metal’s most charismatic live bands, PARADISE LOST arrive in this new decade as veterans, legends and revered figureheads for several generations of gloomy metalheads. In keeping with their unerring refusal to deliver the expected, 2020 brings one of the band’s most diverse and devastating creations to date.