For Paradise Lost 2013 is the 25th Anniversary of the band; with a career dating back to 1988, and their official recording debut in 1990 (Lost Paradise), the band has been riding and rollercoaster of highs and lows ever since.
Over their following career, Paradise Lost have not only created and defined genres and styles, but almost immediately transcended them. In 1991 the band released 'Gothic', not so much an album title as the definition for an entire genre, while the influence of 1995's huge-selling masterpiece 'Draconian Times' - the missing link between Metallica and the Sisters of Mercy) echoes loudly in today's scene; with the likes of Cradle of Filth, Nightwish and HIM owing a huge debt to their knack for injecting heavy rock with their trademark dark sheen.
"Hulking, beautiful and gloomy."
– Dannii Leivers, Louder Than War
From the crawling, harrowing doom of their 1990 debut 'Lost Paradise', to the electronic flourishes prevalent in 1997's 'One Second', 1999's 'Host' and 2007's comeback to the heavier side of metal "In Requiem". Their latest opus "Tragic Idol" released in 2012 shows their sound has continued to evolve vastly, but haunting melody and dark rock power has remained at the very core of their identity.
Starting off their anniversary celebrations Paradise Lost were honoured with the 'Inspiration' award at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. The band also performed at the ceremony, with appearances from Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) & Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil).
2013 saw Paradise Lost continue the celebrations for their 25th Anniversary with shows across the UK and Europe, joined by special guests Lacuna Coil and Katatonia; as well as dates with Outshine in Scandinavia. And in August 2014 they will be headlining the Metal Stage at Alt-Fest!