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Monday, April 16, 2012

Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol review

Year : 2012
Genre : Doom Metal
Label : Century Media
Origin : United Kingdom
Rating : 9.2 / 10

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The new Paradise Lost LP brings ten sonic declarations of doom, orchestrated to morose guitars of gargantuan perspectives. The uttermost urge the disc is fueled by is its ever-present endeavor to coat you into lush wall of sound structures that seek both to entertain and to tamely interrogate the soul, primarily by top of the heat-, playful down tuned power chord melodic warfare. The album sounds particularly good and well defined, with multiple-, layered variants of the elements stored in each autonomous song-fabrics. Yet, the main factorial that casts an eminent light on this eloquent representative of the doom-flock, is the "mere" songcraft : simply put, the songs are pretty much flawless on this one, and provide the listener with an on-spot-I-get-it experience without making tasteless accessibility-compromises. The audio data on Tragic Idol is uncompromisingly doom, uncompromisingly exigent, and,  maybe you just guessed it : it uncompromisingly emerges to kick your ass to hell and back. Guys, let's talk about the music.

One thing that immediately strikes me when listening to this delivery, is the lead singer's vocal similarity to the timber of Metallica's James Hetfield. When things get intense herein in the vocal department, the singing is extremely reminiscent to the craft of the premiere popular thrasher. The disc has its fair-, well balanced shares of various tempers incorporated into the flow. A colorful, flamboyant mid-tempo is the primer aspiration to be resonated, which does not at all prevent the disc to send chills all over the body and soul with the up-tempo tracks : track number 5, "Theories From Another World" is a superb example of this. Meaty, evil, vile guitars, an extremely, I mean : extreeeeeeeemely sick chorus for a hook, and top of the heat musical deviations characterized by fine riffcraft. THIS is the kind of music I want to hear from Megadeth, as opposed of Mustaine songs like Moto Psycho, to be honest.

As noted, the song I have been mentioning to you, belongs to the minority in the sense that is an up-tempo composition amidst a wider selection of slower ones, but, there is sub-zero need to say that intensity is not tempo-reliant. (So much not, that said song has its own mid-tempo section, too.) What makes the disc work superbly is the anatomy of the songs, as the band never ceases to come up with 3-4-, maybe, even 5 main ideas to build a composition of, and the role-, the function of any given element never poses any hardships to relate to. I dare say that this is easily accessible, serious doom music full of vibrant dark elegance and dark glamour. But none of the goth dark fantasy fairy tale novelty a la Nightwish is on display, so it is an immediate recommendation if you are into the Argus kind of doom warfare. Sure, it is of different premiere characterology, yet I still claim they are reminiscent in the sense that both album seek to-,  and manages to be uncompromisingly honest, while subjecting the listener to crystal-clear musical ideas, that are of essential importance in the workings and mechanics of both eminent doom contributions.

With this album Tragic Idol, Paradise Lost brings to you a full musculature pleasantry that adores the charisma of down tuned power chord molestation with skills worth scientifically investigating. The delivery, I dare say, sometimes takes the liberty to border on sludge metal, - mid section of track number 7, "To The Darkness" is an example - "only to" shoot out of it as a quasi-power metal phoenix later on. Wow. Don't be afraid, you don't need to be an enthusiastic live fantasy aficionado to enjoy said part thoroughly and completely.

The album sometimes reminds me of Type O Negative, sometimes to a more rabid variant of the music you find on the last Woods of Ypres LP. Funnily enough, the titular track, "Tragic Idol" is the least powerful track in my opinion, - still good, yet kind of Final Countdown-ish amidst the other superb songs - but I don't want to wrap this review up on anything less than an eminently high note, - traaaalalalaaa. - so know that Paradise Lost's Tragic Idol is an eloquent and highly enjoyable doom delicacy and it is a privilege to hear.

Rating : 9.2 / 10

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