Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Dash’s Album Reviews PARADISE LOST “Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)”

Dash’s Album Reviews PARADISE LOST “Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)”


Dash’s Album Reviews

“Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)”

Release Date:  November 5, 2013

Reviewed by: Dash:  Broken Neck Radio

Dash here!  My pleasure once again to bring you the best in new metal releases!

Paradise Lost is far from new to the metal scene.  From the epic darkness of their 1990 debut Lost Paradise, 1991’s polarizing Gothic, 1995’s Draconian Times, 1997’s frenetic One Second, 2007’s return to metal In Requiem, to last year’s landmark Tragic Idol—PARADISE LOST has continued to evolve since their formation in 1988, and they’ve influenced many artists along the way. To celebrate their contributions to the scene, this special compilation was released to commemorate the band’s 25th anniversary of shredding.

All of the tracks on the album have been previously released, with the exception of Loneliness Remains,” and newly recorded “Gothic 2013” and “Our Savior 2013.”

Paradise Lost is certainly a most influential band.  Hailing from England, they are considered by some to be the pioneers of “Doom” and “Goth” metal.

In my years of metal headedness, I’ve never really listened to Paradise Lost, so I was, needless to say, quite excited when I got the assignment.  It’s great that this is a compilation album, so I was able to experience the magic all at once.

How would I describe Paradise Lost?  I’d say that they are quite eclectic.  From the opening riffs of the oh so dark and gloomy “Loneliness Remains”, this song is a deep dirge, certainly with some gothic overtones, and reminded me of early Type-O-Negative.

We then go to a ballad-y “Never Take Me Alive”, a Spear of Destiny cover song?  Very interesting.  They also cover “Missing” by Everything but the Girl.  If you remember that song, it’s a digital sounding pop-song.  I always find it fascinating when metal bands cover songs from other genres, but I wished that Paradise Lost had deconstructed this song further and done something really heavy and dark with it, instead, it’s just as electronic as the original, but with a few guitar riffs thrown in.

“Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra mix)” is a magnum opus of a song—all raspy vocals and epic violins.

Then we get to the two new tracks which are “Gothic 2013” and “Our Savior 2013”.  “Gothic 2013” has an amazing melody, the vocals are outstanding, to me, and the female voice in the chorus was a bit out of place.  Overall the song is creative and I quite enjoyed it.

The best song of this well-deserved compilation and recognition of Paradise Lost 25 year career in metal is hands down “Our Savior 2013”.  This is a straightforward, growling and brutal metal song.  Questioning the existence of God and doing a great job of convincing us with the hellfire guitar riffs and evil vocals.

Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) is quite a unique album that runs the gamut when it comes to styles and genres.  You go from metal, to opera, to electronica, and everything in between.  I can’t think of a better way to have charted this most respected and influential band.

Dash out and thank you very much as always for reading. \m/