Paradise Lost are sticking with May 15 as the release date for their 16th album ‘Obsidian’ and have released the first single, Fall From Grace.
Vocalist Nick Holmes said their label gave them the option to postpone the May release given the current state of world affairs, but the band decided to stay the course.
“As a global crisis, it goes without saying Covid 19 has affected everyone and everything, including every aspect of the music industry,” Holmes said.
“As a result, our record label Nuclear Blast offered us the chance to postpone the launch of our latest album ‘Obsidian’ to a less volatile time later in the year.
“Taking this into consideration, and the fact the live music circuit is currently in lockdown, we think it’s unnecessary to postpone the release as we think our fans wouldn’t want to wait.
“Music can be enjoyed in practically any environment, so therefore we are going ahead with the same release date 15.5.20, and we sincerely hope our new album helps to lift your spirits and is a beacon of light in the dark during these uncertain times!
“This is a song about struggling through difficult times, and a point blank refusal to accept that the end is within range.”
Guitarist Greg Mackintosh adds, “The first song written for ‘Obsidian’ so probably one of the closest in style to the previous album ‘Medusa’.
“It has quite a few different elements to it but is essentially a classic PL song.
“Doom laden, but hopefully heartfelt and subtle in places.”
According to the band, Obsidian eschews its immediate predecessors’ gruesome, myopic approach in favour of a richer and more dynamic deluge of black shades.
Most noticeably, the record boasts several songs that draw heavily from the much-loved, Kohl-encrusted days of 80s gothic rock.
Obsidian is out May 15 via Nuclear Blast (in Australia).