The best Paradise Lost album in years. Simple as that. One that combines the intensity of Shades Of God with the untamed blare of Gothic and the suppleness of Draconian Times.
This is almost the ultimate representation of what the band have always done well, having gloominess and darkness plus an epic soundscape. Moreover, you can hear the tight-knit joy in their playing, especially from guitarists Aaron Aedy and Greg Mackintosh, while Nick Holmes’ vocals veer from gruff growls to mournful sighs.
You get the full force of the Paradise Lost vigour on the anthemic Punishment Through Time, the doominess of Beneath Broken Earth and the violently sophisticated Return To The Sun. These are high-grade compositions, well served by producer Gomez’s heavy hand.
The Plague Within serves as a reminder that not only did Paradise Lost create the blueprint for gothic metal, but they still do it brilliantly./o:p