Paradise Lost “30th Anniversary Tour” / Solstafir / The Atlas Moth / Green Death
21 AND OVER
Most people will know Medusa as the Gorgon from Greek mythology; she is the infamous beast with venomous snakes for hair who will turn anyone that dares to look into her eyes to stone. It is this hideous creature who PARADISE LOST have chosen to be the figureheard for their 15th studio album, as, from a philosophical perspective, she is more than simply a monster. Singer Nick Holmes started his research, intrigued to find greater meaning behind the symbol of Medusa and became particularly fascinated by the Gorgonâ€™s nihilistic connotations. â€œAttempts to avoid looking into her eyes represent avoiding the ostensibly depressing reality that the universe is meaninglessâ€, is an idea that was adopted by American novelist Jack London, and a thought that could have easily emerged from PARADISE LOSTâ€™s lyrics over the past 3 decades.
Founded in 1988 in Halifax, West Yorkshire, the band are not only known as one of the most distinctive acts in metal â€“ their music defined the gothic subgenre and raised doom metal to a new level â€“ they are also considered pioneers of an entire musical generation. Never ones to hesitate to explore undiscovered paths, PARADISE LOST have encompassed many genres during their career â€“ from their death metal beginnings to the more mainstream electronic dark-pop album Â»HostÂ«, electronic influences on Â»Symbol Of LifeÂ« alongside majestic gothic moments. Vocalist Nick Holmes, guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy, along with bassist Steve Edmondson have never ceased to follow their own vision. The quartet has been an inseparable unit since its inception with only the drummerâ€™s position changing hands several times.
With their new drum prodigy, the 22-year-old Finn Waltteri VÃ¤yrynen, behind the kit the legends are now returning to their early beginnings. The band have already brought back the sound of their roots with their critically acclaimed last album Â»The Plague WithinÂ«, and now it has become clearer than ever that theyâ€™re continuing the theme: Â»MedusaÂ« will be PARADISE LOSTâ€™s heaviest full-length release of the past 15 years, melding crushing doom metal with Nickâ€™s harsh death growls and raw organic sounds, heralding a new era of pure Northern misery.