Paradise Lost stick with their winning formula of gothic doom metal with their sixteenth album, Obsidian. It has a consistent tone of sadness throughout which is depicted by the lower tempo of a majority of the songs on the album, as well as the guitar and vocal melodies throughout.
Paradise Lost have always been a pretty consistent band, and putting out 16 albums in just over 30 years isn’t something just any band could do. They put out an album pretty much every other year, and their dedication to creating new music combined with their charismatic live shows has led to them being considered pioneers of their gothic death-doom genre.
The clear focuses of Obsidian are the guitars and vocals, and the melodies throughout the album definitely take center stage. The drums, bass and occasional keyboard work to add texture without taking the spotlight. The drums do, however, really add a lot of flavor to the sound, and it is absolutely needed with the band’s consistently slow tempo.
The lyrics on Obsidian are \ reflective, almost as if it is a person’s deep thoughts about the concepts of life. The song “Ghosts” listens like a contemplation of one’s religion. Other songs on the album, such as “Fall From Grace,” mention humanity’s own actions leading to early and unjust death through things like war.
Obsidian is an extremely well written album, especially in terms of lyrics, but because of how consistently slow and sad every song is, it’s kind of hard to listen to all the way through. I feel like there needs to be more standouts from their normal sound, such as “Ghost”. Overall, though, Paradise Lost are still making music that’s definitely worth checking out.
Obisidian is out now on Nuclear Blast Records. Buy it here!