Obsidian… dark, reflective and black. It’s a pretty decent description of the music that Paradise Lost have been making over the last 32 years, and it’s the title of their new album.
The gothic legends will release Obsidian on May 15 and have released a teaser for the opener, Darker Thoughts.
Singer Nick Holmes said the album is a mix of songs but is still underpinned by misery.
“One of the most eclectic albums we have done in some time, we have miserable songs, sad songs, slow songs and faster songs. Did I mention miserable?”
According to label Nuclear Blast, the 16th Paradise Lost studio album eschews its immediate predecessors’ gruesome, myopic approach in favour of a richer and more dynamic deluge of black shades.
NB said from the deceptive elegance and dual atmospheres of opener‚ Darker Thoughts, through to the crushing, baroque doom of war-torn closer, Ravenghast, Obsidian reveals a band in masterful control of a broad array of vital ideas.
Most noticeably, the record boasts several songs that draw heavily from the much-loved, Kohl-encrusted days of ‘80s gothic rock: in particular, newly-minted Paradise Lost anthem Ghosts is a guaranteed dancefloor filler at any discerning goth nightclub.
1. Darker Thoughts
2. Fall From Grace
4. The Devil Embraced
7. Ending Days
8. Hope Dies Young
Obsidian is out May 15 via Nuclear Blast.