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Paradise Lost - One Second album review

When the Lost went goth

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Without question Paradise Lost’s most controversial album, it’s hard to believe this is the same band who released Draconian Times or The Plague Within as they eschewed all sense of heaviness and went for a more electronic, gothic tone. As such, many diehards still find it tough to stomach. But listening to the album now, one has to say it’s breathtaking.

Everything here is convincing. The songwriting is of the highest value, while the performances offer depth and class, with Nick Holmes showing he’s a vocalist who can do a lot more than growl menacingly.

Opening with the title track and continuing into Say Just Words, these are songs that breathe with intelligence and a different type of darkness to what we’d become used to with this lot. Making such a musical swerve gave the band a freedom they’d perhaps lost through being stuck in the doom mould.

Each song is well crafted without ever giving the impression that it had been overcooked, and you know the band enjoyed the experience of getting away from any formula.

The addition of a live recording from 1998 adds more value, but in the end, One Second stands proudly on its own merits.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.