Paradise Lost - Obsidian
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #18 / 809
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2020 Ratings: #344
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Consequence of Sound
Paradise Lost have found an almost ideal balance between grit, atmosphere and songcraft.

Paradise Lost don’t lose an iota of focus or momentum in the making of this concise project – the scenario only serves to strengthen Obsidian’s case for being their most revered album for the years to come.

The Arts Desk

Obsidian is diverse yet faithful to the style of Paradise Lost and their legacy.

Metal Hammer
They may just have achieved the impossible and created a record that will appeal equally to fans of every different era of their storied discography.
A fitting late-career statement from one of heavy music’s most relentlessly brilliant bands.
Classic Rock

Obsidian finds the band playing to their strengths magnificently.

while relatively inexperienced and new to gothic metal as a genre, i feel like i'm already picking up on cliches and the conventions of the genre. i feel like i've already heard most of this before. many of the melodies, climaxes, structures, everything just bleeds into eachother leaving each song a pretty indistinct, unmemorable slow atmospheric dirge. not too big on that .

but while that's what makes up most of the record, there's still some great unique moments that cut through the ... read more
This is the first metal album I’ve ever liked in my life. 65 might not seem like a lot but the highest I gave a metal album previously was like 14. But this was actually good and enjoyable to listen to. Usually metal stresses me out 🤷‍♂️
What I hear on Obsidian is a Sisters Of Mercy sounding Gothic Metal band which is kind of weird, yet enjoyable. The cover art is very cool. The album title is appropriate. The music is almost guilty of being derivative. And the recording is rich in atmospherics and accomplished production. It's time to close out this lame ass review. Stay calm. A coup is in the making. - @daFigz™
Paradise Lost made a huge improvement from their last release on Obsidian by keeping their signature slow and steady pace but putting way more emphasis on contrasting dynamics. Some cheap production elements may prevent the sound from feeling grander but it's still a unique and interesting way to be heavy.
Paradise Lost land on a classic sound for them here with that goth tinged guitar tone on top form and some necessary variety added thanks to some well worked in Sisters of Mercy'isms.

Still, a slight feeling of deja vu and an inclination towards sameyness hobble any notion this will take the crown as their best album - that's still 'Draconian Times'.
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Added on: March 14, 2020