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Paradise Lost: Tragic Idol

After the fantastic Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us, which was my album of the year in 2009 , Paradise Lost have kept that tried and tested formula for latest opus Tragic Idol. I'm glad to report that everything remains gloomy in the PL camp and there is no better introduction than first track 'Solitary One' which kicks off with Nick Holmes screaming the words 'Love Fails Today' in his melancholy manor. Dark clouds loom as the guitars crash around the listener soaking us all in the gloomy cloak of depression and despair, just as we like it. The intense atmosphere that seeps through every single note on this album is quite remarkable; track after track holds meaning and yet still manages to offer the listener hope by the end. 'Crucify' just has Greg Mackintosh pounding out a crash course in riffing while Nick screams 'Crucify' as if trying to retrieve his lungs from the Dark Lord himself. With the strong powerful rhythm section keeping proceedings firmly on track it comes as no surprise that yet again it sounds crisp, tight and deeper than a Yorkshiremans pocket. Man, the consistency of the album beggars belief; it touches on so many levels which will leave you in deep contemplation about life, love, loss and the universe. No more is this obvious as it is on 'Honesty In Death', using the exact words of Nick Holmes his description is simple, "Death is the only true honesty. In death there can be no lie and no deceit." As you will agree there is truth and relevance in those words.

Yet again Paradise Lost has nailed it for album number 13 and Tragic Idol is quite simply a masterpiece, has lightening struck twice? It certainly has, complemented by every other force of nature that could possibly exist striking forth upon the listener. If I have to wait another 3 years for an album of this quality then I'll get my pipe and slippers and set up camp on the rocking chair, it'll be goddamn worth it to immerse myself in the deep, dark, brooding world of Paradise lost. A truly remarkable album of epic proportions.

Track Listing
1. Solitary One
2. Crucify
3. Fear Of Impending Hell
4. Honesty In Death
5. Theories From Another World
6. In This We Dwell
7. To The Darkness
8. Tragic Idol
9. Worth Fighting For
10. The Glorious End

Added: May 2nd 2012
Reviewer: Mark Davies
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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