Even though some bands have tried out this experiment in the past, in the good old days of ‘normality’, in this case Paradise Lost fully adapt to the particularities of these… covidian times, and release a live album without any audience, that they recorded and streamed back on November 5th, 2020.
Playing three songs from their latest release, ‘Obsidian’, plus stuff from ten more of their records, starting chronologically from ‘Gothic’, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the setlist automatically feels like a retrospect for a career that never lacked variety. The sonic result accurately depicts Paradise Lost’s current form, with notoriously unpretentious singer Nick Holmes displaying the full range of his vocals once more in recent years, growls included. On the DVD on the other hand, it its true that ‘At the Mill’ looks a little cold/sterilized.
Personally, it is a pleasure to see two of my favorites from the 2000s Shadowkings discography included, ‘Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us’ and ‘The Enemy’, as well as ‘So Much is Lost’ from the underrated ‘Host’ album.