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Paradise Lost reminisce with new retrospective release

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Legendary doom metal band Paradise Lost have had quite a career. From humble death/doom beginnings on Peaceville Records, to fame and fortune on Century Media Records, they have a varied catalogue that showcases an array of sounds and some serious skill at their chosen genres. To celebrate that storied career, the band are releasing a special compilation called Tragic Illusion 25, which will contain rare tracks from past releases, re-recordings of two older songs, and an entirely new song. Those re-recordings and the new song are available for streaming now.

The two older songs are “Gothic”, originally from the album Gothic, and “Our Saviour” from the band’s debut album, Lost Paradise. “Gothic” sounds really good, being melodic and heavy, with a deeply sad feeling. The growled vocals make me wonder why the band ever moved away from that sound in the first place. They are absolutely wonderful, and the female voice that comes in carries a haunting tune. “Our Saviour” is definitely a more raw and pummelling experience. I like it, but not as much as “Gothic 2013”.

The new song is called “Loneliness Remains” and it is marvellously heavy and slow. The riff just grooves, and the vocals are deep and resonating. It hits that sweet spot of dark rock, almost bluesy, doom that just settles into your mind, eating away at all your thoughts until it dominates your spirit. It is streamed with a lyric video, which shows depressing looking images in black and white.

The rest of the tracks are rarities taken from other albums, including the band’s Decibel flexi-disc contribution “The Last Fallen Saviour“.

Tracklisting for Tragic Illusion 25:

01. Loneliness Remains*
02. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version) –taken from the ltd edition album “Tragic Idol”
03. Ending Through Changes - taken from the ltd edition album “Tragic Idol”
04. The Last Fallen Saviour - Tragic Idol 2012 Decibel Exclusive
05. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix) - taken from the ltd edition album “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us”
06. Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix) - taken from the ltd edition album “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us”
07. Cardinal Zero – Faith Devides Us – Death Unites Us - taken from the ltd edition album “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us” (Japan Edition)
08. Back On Disaster – Faith Devides Us – Death Unites Us – taken from the album “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us (Japan Edition)” 
09. Sons Of Perdition –  taken from the album “In Requiem (Japan Edition)”
10. Godless – taken from the ltd 7″ vinyl box “In Requiem”
11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL cover version) - taken from the ltd edition “album In Requiem”
12. Silent In Heart - taken from the ltd edition album” In Requiem”
13. Gothic 2013*
14. Our Saviour 2013*

*=tracks that appear on the limited 10”

Paradise Lost are also extending their latest tour to include European dates. If you see them coming to a city near you, I advise you to check them out as they are a captivating experience live. Tragic Illusion 25 will be out October 29th.

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