2015 Paradise Lost interview
Fourteen albums into Paradise Lost‘s 20-plus year career, name dropping is pointless. The only band they can and should be held up against for comparison and consideration is Paradise Lost. With a career dating back to 1988, and their official recording debut in 1990 (Lost Paradise), the band has been riding and roller-coaster of highs and lows that began in earnest with their fourth album, Icon, in 1993. It presented Paradise Lost as a band that had more to offer beyond their established doom-death metal sound, driving the point home in 1995 with Draconian Times; an album that is considered to be a goth metal benchmark to this very day. It’s fair to say the band’s new outing, The Plague Within, (due out June 2) is the album fans of the past, the present and future era have been waiting on the edge of their seats for. The Plague Within as a whole is not merely Paradise Lost’s long-awaited return to form; it’s a soundtrack inspired by life, served up as a well-meant kick in the teeth.
Paradise Lost, unlike so many of their contemporaries, have managed to keep the core line-up of frontman Nick Holmes, bassist Steve Edmondson, and guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy together since the band’s inception. The only line-up changes throughout the years have come behind the kit, with new drummer Adrian Erlandsson of At The Gates and The Haunted fame signing on in 2009.
Gearing up for the release of the new album, Metaholic and Metal Nation Radio spoke with frontman Nick Holmes. He discusses all things Paradise Lost, The Plague Within, songwriting, musical direction, lyrics, Peaceville trio (Anathema, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost) Era, upcoming tours and much more.