Paradise Lost is a well-sounding name when it comes to dark gothic metal. The band went through different phases. The quintet has excellent longplayers in their discography. The latest records as well as the ‘Icon’ and ‘Draconian Times’ are timeless releases that helped to define a whole genre.
There are two longplayers that paved the way for Paradise Lost. In 1990 the self-titled debut hit the shelves, followed by ‘Gothic’. Both have been released via Peaceville and it’s the 30th anniversary being a welcomed moment to put some extra spotlight on these albums.
‘The Lost and the Painless’ is a limited edition of a CD/DVD set that also includes a 92 pages book, written by music journalist Nick Ruskell. The package features the following CDs:
- CD1 – Demos
- CD2 – Lost Paradise (remastered)
- CD3 – Gothic (remastered)
- CD4 – Gothic EP (remastered)
- CD5 – Live Death and Liverpool Live
- CD6 – Live In Ludwigsburg
In addition, a four shows featuring DVD will be disc number seven of this set.
Nick Holmes comments “Looking at the artwork for ‘The Lost And The Painless’ and remembering those early albums and live shows, It’s amazing to think that ‘Gothic’ was released 30 years ago.
It serves as a very important chapter in the life of the band and conjures a lot of nostalgia from the early 90’s. We lived off crisps, slept in squats, on people’s floors and under vehicles. Cigarettes were £1.50 a packet, Stella Artois beer was still 5.2% proof, and travelling in a Ford Transit van with all the equipment and 10 people sitting on an old mattress was considered normal.
Distant memories aside, it was also a great time for Death Metal music in general, and ‘The Lost And The Painless’ serves as a timely reminder.”
Release date is November 26th.