United Kingdom | Doom/Death (old), Gothic Rock/Metal (new)
Paradise Lost formed in 1988 when vocalist Nick Holmes & guitarist Gregor Mackintosh got together with the idea of taking metal beyond the conventional styles of the time. They were influenced by acts such as Candlemass, Celtic Frost & Morbid Angel, and concocted a unique atmosphere of their own as a result. This was already apparent when their debut album 'Lost Paradise' appeared on Peaceville Records in 1990, and blended death metal with doom and some melodic elements, but it wasn't until their follow-up album that the metal world witnessed the birth of a new style of music. 'Gothic' was THE album responsible for a whole sub genre of metal, GOTHIC DOOM METAL, upon its release in 1991. Creating a more melancholy & atmospheric form of doom metal, with the introduction of the distinctive & unmistakable Paradise Lost lead guitar melodies, the band was quickly propelled to the forefront of pioneering extreme metal bands of the early nineties. The 'Gothic' album was recorded in late 1990/early 1991 at the renowned Academy Studios in Yorkshire; a studio responsible for classic recordings from bands such as My Dying Bride, Anathema, Cradle of Filth, Bal Sagoth, among many others.