Paradise Lost - Obsidian
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #18 / 821
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2020 Ratings: #363
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Consequence of Sound
Paradise Lost have found an almost ideal balance between grit, atmosphere and songcraft.
96
Sputnikmusic

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.

80
The Arts Desk

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

80
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.
80
Kerrang!
A fitting late-career statement from one of heavy music’s most relentlessly brilliant bands.
80
Classic Rock

Obsidian finds the band playing to their strengths magnificently.

knewnie
50

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

jkpyg
65

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 🤷‍♂️

daFigz
60

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™

SassyTabasco
60

A little gothy here, a little doomy there. But nothing I haven't heard better and more dynamic from Opeth or Type O Negative. But this is the first and only of their 16 albums I've ever heard from them, and evidently they're basically responsible for the goth metal movement so. A discog dive is in order. Someday.

thekylewild
100

I literally have this album on repeat - that's how good it is... I love it when a band that's been around a long time can put something out that is refreshing but still has a classic grit to it that defines who they are - not afraid to break barriers and lose control even though the cruise control is set the entire time.... The opening track, Darker Thoughts, is the perfect opening song to the journey because it makes you keep listening.... you don't want it to end... This is my Metal album of ... read more

MaceBlade42
78

I definitely need more Gothic metal in my music catalog and this seems to be a decent album to add to that list. There's a lot of intensity meshed very well with the melancholy here. It just works really well for me.

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Track List

  1. Darker Thoughts
  2. Fall from Grace
  3. Ghosts
  4. The Devil Embraced
  5. Forsaken
  6. Serenity
  7. Ending Days
  8. Hope Dies Young
  9. Ravenghast
  10. Hear the Night
  11. Defiler

Year End Lists

#4/Sputnikmusic
#9/Decibel
#11/Gaffa (Sweden)
#23/Louder
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Added on: March 14, 2020