Paradise Lost - Obsidian
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #14 / 615
User Score
Based on 96 ratings
2020 Ratings: #254
Liked by 7 people
May 15, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nuclear Blast / Label
Gothic Metal / Genres
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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.

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 🤷‍♂️
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'.
Overall, a really good album. For some reason I was never too interested in their previous two, but Obsidian offers an interesting variety of styles (between goth metal and death-doom) and singing techniques with more than solid instrumentation. The way Nick Holmes flows between his clean voice and his growls is truly compelling, and the solos are just the final touch.

Favourites: Fall From Grace, Ghosts, Forsaken, Ravenghast.
The new full length project called "Obsidian" from the fathers of goth metal is out. Grab it.

Before listening to the English band Paradise Lost, I must recognize my lack of knowledge about Goth or this more "doomish" approach to Power Metal. But nonetheless, some things and sounds always translate into a good message if they are worthy of our time.

The album begins with such an epic banger, really setting the bar really high for the rest of it. And "Fall from ... read more
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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
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Added on: March 14, 2020