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Old fans are quite happy that PD made an extreme sound shift their to old sounding classic records on their last two albums (which are pretty good), but to my ears, this record sound WAY more inspired than those records. Those two new records are good, but they lacked something. That something, which I don't know how to describe, I found here. The Tragic Idol is the album I was waiting from this guys.
To the record. Almost every song, if not all, are arranged beautifully and tastefully, and in some moments, range into the amazing. Since I pressed play, I was truly blown away by how tasteful, dark, heavy, atmospheric and melodic their new stuff sounded. The record production is immaculate! The composition is absolutely inspired and the vocals are amazing. But what really destroyed my senses was how beautiful the guitars fit into their old/new sound.Read more ›
From my perspective, this may be the best Paradise Lost album. Ignoring comparisons to past work (different folks hear different parallels), the key with Tragic Idol is that the songwriting is brilliant. Song after song, the riffs and melodic structures are fantastic. The vocal work complements the guitar work perfectly - heavy when it needs to be heavy, lighter when it needs to be. The result is one of the most well-crafted metal albums I have heard in recent years.
A bit of an update to my review. . .thinking about this album a bit more, I figured out why I like it so much. Much of the song writing is very reminiscent to the structures (though not necessarily the exact sound) of Gothic and Shades of God. Effectively, the rhythm guitar lays down a "crunch" with the lead playing a clean melody line over the top. This is basically the approach on classic songs like Shattered (Gothic), Rapture (Gothic), As I die (Shades of God), and also used for Vallenfrye (though with a much heavier sound there). But indeed, I have been weighing this against their back-catalogue and it really is one of if not the best - lots of great hooks with some of the catchiest work at the end of the album.
I'm not going to bother comparing this to their older albums: "Draconian Times," "Icon," (probably) "Gothic" are all considered classics for good reason. But...those albums clearly had their roots in death metal. This album is in the heavier vein they re-embraced on their self-titled album, and that continued through "In Requiem" and "Faith Divides Us..." - if you liked those albums, you'll probably like this album. Those albums, and "Tragic Idol," are not death metal in any way. This album, like the recent others, is heavy music with a goth/doom feel to it...which is perfectly fine by me.
I dig this album...a lot.
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I've been following the band since the Icon-era and damn that's one helluva ride. Paradise Lost like to change their style with every release. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kostas Kolias
PARADISE LOST HAS EVOLVED WITH EVERY RELEASE ,,THIS ALBUM TRAGIC IDOL IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THEIR EARLIER EFFORTS TO KEEP UP WITH THE METAL SCENE IN THE UK. Read morePublished 17 months ago by THOMAS LEARY SR.
This album is fan fricking tastic. Right on the money - Draconian/Icon. Great music and vocals. Longtime PL paradise.lostfans will love.Published on August 20, 2014 by TiVoMaster
Paradise Lost have been on a wide variety of paths in the last 25 years from doom metal (Gothic), traditional metal (Draconian Times), electronica-rock (One Second), straight up... Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by D. Comp
Actually, its more a 4 1/2 stars. Listened to a few of P Ls cd's since Draconian Times(both draconian times and icon were materpeices) to be honest i was extremely let down. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Christoph Oberjohann
Nice and aggresive album from Paradise Lost, i like a lot.. the booklet is so nice. Paradise lost Rules foreverPublished on March 26, 2013 by Ernesto
Here they are trying to go back to the Icon and Draconian Times kind of sound. However, they manage to sound heavier and tighter than those glorious days. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Mario Alberto Suarez Sanchez
One of the best Albums I've heard in a long time. It is defiantly a must listen for any metal lover.Published on January 18, 2013 by C. Drouganis
After "One Second", I think this is the album I enjoyed the most. Excellent job! I really love you guys!Published on January 12, 2013 by Ivie