ARTIST:

PARADISE LOST

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

MEDUSA

(2017)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

GOTHIC METAL

TAGS:
Growl, Melancholic
""Medusa" is probably the darkest and most Doom opus of Paradise Lost."
CHILDERIC THOR (06.09.2017)  
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Paradise Lost, it's fifteen albums released since 1990 as milestones in a career in constant mutation. After the return to the gothic metal that made its fame with "Symbol Of Life" (2002), Paradise Lost started with "Tragic Idol" (2012) a descent into the depths of a coal mine, sliding into a sinister darkness. Visibly still marked by their respective parallel experiences (Vallenfyre for Greg Mackintosh and Bloodbath for Nick Holmes), the British suffer more than ever from a tenacious depression which dictates a music soaked in the most granitic spleen. Thus, the guitarist doesn't lie when he announces that this opus is the most Doom they've ever produced, even though the EP, "The Longest Day", could have led to believe in a return to pure gothic metal. 

The vocals and the ashen guitars participate in the erection of an emotional mound under the seal of contrition, as illustrated by the enormous 'Fearless Sky' which, with its almost nine minutes, pushes this new work into the depths of an endless abyss. Discreetly, the clear voice of the vocalist opens a narrow sigh in this cellar whose walls are built on these rough riffs.

However, "Medusa" does not go quite as far in the inexorable darkness as its predecessor, renewing in its own way, mineral and telluric, with a powerfully bewitching expression, which is confirmed by the eponymous title whose heady lines are cast in the most corrosive lead.

Funereal and icy, the result oscillates between shadow ('No Passage For The Dead', 'Until The Grave') and (pale) light ('The Longest Day') depending on whether Nick Holmes presses the switch or not with his vocal lines and the guitar splits the mist. Surprisingly, it's the bonuses that sound the most melodic ('Shrines', Symbolic Virtue'), with the exception of an ultra doom 'Frozen Illusion', which would have deserved, by their quality, not to be reduced to a digestive. 

"Medusa" is a new stone laid by the English whose signature, inscribed in cold marble, remains as recognizable as it is implacable in the construction of a building that is increasingly dark despite the fleeting clarity that pierces it.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Fearless Sky - 8:31
02. Gods Of Ancient - 5:50
03. From The Gallows - 3:42
04. The Longest Winter - 4:31
05. Medusa - 6:20
06. No Passage For The Dead - 4:16
07. Blood & Chaos - 3:51
08. Until The Grave - 5:41
09. Frozen Illusion - 5:45
10. Shrines - 3:59
11. Symbolic Virtue - 4:38

LINEUP:
Aaron Aedy: Guitares
Greg Mackintosh: Guitares / Claviers
Nick Holmes: Chant
Steve Edmondson: Basse
Waltteri Väyrynen: Batterie
   
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