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Paradise Lost - Icon 30



7.9 | 104 votes |
Release date: 1 December 2023
Style: Death doom metal, Gothic metal

Owners:

29 have it
17 want it


01. Embers Fire
02. Remembrance
03. Forging Sympathy
04. Joys Of The Emptiness
05. Dying Freedom
06. Widow
07. Colossal Rains
08. Weeping Words
09. Poison
10. True Belief
11. Shallow Seasons
12. Christendom
13. Deus Misereatur

Line-up
Nick Holmes - vocals
Aaron Aedy - guitars
Gregor Mackintosh - guitars
Guido Zima Montanarini - drums
Stephen "Steve" Edmondson - bass

Additional info
Released via Nuclear Blast Records

Re-recorded version of the 1993 classic album 'Icon'.

Vocals and drums recorded at Arda Recorders in Porto, Portugal.
Guitars and bass recorded at Black Planet Studios.

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20.07.2023 - 22:57
VileVick-Bryant

Cool news
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21.07.2023 - 21:42
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
I mean, I do really like this album, so a re-recorded version does kinda sound cool to me.
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29.07.2023 - 22:25
DarkWingedSoul

Fingers crossed
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25.09.2023 - 08:43
cynicoren

I really liked the original Icon. Don't see the point in re-recordings, unless there was something very different or bad with the original (like the sound on Suffocation's "Breeding the spawn"), or the sounds changes completely.
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30.11.2023 - 23:17
Rating: 9
Illusion's_Void

From listening the record, in simple words, it's not a in-depth remake, more like a celebration of the original. Still gold.
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30.11.2023 - 23:59
Rating: 6
mde017

Written by cynicoren on 25.09.2023 at 08:43

I really liked the original Icon. Don't see the point in re-recordings, unless there was something very different or bad with the original (like the sound on Suffocation's "Breeding the spawn"), or the sounds changes completely.


100% agree. I don't see a point in rerecording a classic which already have good sound. Cavalera did that to Morbid Visions, but it had more sense as their debut suffered from terrible sound. In Paradise Lost case rerecording a debut would have much more musical sense than Icon. Seems like a cash grab to be honest. Sorry to write this because I am a big Paradise Lost fan. I will not be buying this record.
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01.12.2023 - 09:18
nikarg

The band said this: "Our specific record deal around the time we signed for the Icon album meant we would never actually own the rights to our music or artwork, so going forward, to reissue the album ourselves for the 30th anniversary, it was necessary to re-record and completely re-do the album cover."

I guess it's understandable from their point of view, but I love the original Icon and own the original cd, and I am not interested in the slightest to listen to the re-recorded version.
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01.12.2023 - 10:13
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Tage Westerlund
Written by nikarg on 01.12.2023 at 09:18

The band said this: "Our specific record deal around the time we signed for the Icon album meant we would never actually own the rights to our music or artwork, so going forward, to reissue the album ourselves for the 30th anniversary, it was necessary to re-record and completely re-do the album cover."

I guess it's understandable from their point of view, but I love the original Icon and own the original cd, and I am not interested in the slightest to listen to the re-recorded version.


I own original to and I will listen this soon. Seems many bands has ownership problems . That band whos mastermind run as mad man in a building in some city over seas wanted do first 2 albums same way. Well Varg did some sythn pop in a prison, there can be some strings in US jail to
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01.12.2023 - 14:54
Rating: 6
mde017

I love original Icon and rated it 9. Part of the score is originality and while it was very original music back in 1995 worth a 9 it is 0 this time around which brings the score to down to 6. I will keep listening to the original version. I see what they mean and commercially maybe they even have a point, but musically this album does not make any sense.
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02.12.2023 - 02:53
sgtrobo

The whole 'Gothtallica" thing drove me nuts, it was very distracting for me on several of their albums, Icon being one of them; do the vocals sound like James Hetfield this time around?
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03.12.2023 - 08:14
Rating: 9
Given the ownership issue, I think this deserves a 9, just like I rated the original album. It still sounds original, yet there's some refinement I don't think add up much to the opus when compared to the first release, though it doesn't make it any worse. I admit I'm biased, for I'm a "loster" to the death lol
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03.12.2023 - 10:29
24emd
Theory Snob
Written by sgtrobo on 02.12.2023 at 02:53

The whole 'Gothtallica" thing drove me nuts, it was very distracting for me on several of their albums, Icon being one of them; do the vocals sound like James Hetfield this time around?

I've never listened to this band until this album (which isn't much of a starting point tbh) but I see the comparison and you're about right. I can't tell you in comparison to the original though.
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03.12.2023 - 11:23
Rating: 9
Nightmare^

I don't know, it's a "you win something, you lose something" situation. The original is one of my all time favourites, so material-wise nothing is changed. I feel that the original has this very unique Paradise Lost approach to British goth sound which is kinda gone with the new production. On the other hand, Nick has matured and he sounds more awesome here. Still can't rate this lower that the original, it's still great.
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03.12.2023 - 12:59
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Tage Westerlund
Why not re record first 5? would be bigger sense. Anyways listen to this atm.
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04.12.2023 - 01:11
yronnen

Written by cynicoren on 25.09.2023 at 08:43

I really liked the original Icon. Don't see the point in re-recordings, unless there was something very different or bad with the original (like the sound on Suffocation's "Breeding the spawn"), or the sounds changes completely.



They could not license the recordings from their label, so instead of re-releasing the 30th anniversary edition, they've decided to re-record it. Not a huge difference between the recordings (most of the re recordings sound slick, of course), but it's actually a pretty good release.
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05.12.2023 - 18:43
DarkWingedSoul

Well, i listened to this once, and dont think i will often revisit it, the original one was an album that is part of me, and always will be, for it sounds like a demo, or kinda version where something is missing, might be the years passed, the memories the feelings i have buried in this timeless classic...
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06.12.2023 - 08:34
Rating: 9
terroriser

I like it. I always considered Icon second best PL album and this rerecording won't change it. There are parts of this recording I like better than original one and some that are much better in the original.

Icon 30 played all weekend in my house and I did not hear a word of complaint from my wife and her dislike of metal music equals my dislike of hip hop.

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08.12.2023 - 08:02
BCI

Icon was my first and last Paradise Lost album. I could never get into any other of their albums. They are usually too much of a bummer, not that Icon is a happy album, but at least it was catchy.
I'm not even gonna bother with this one though. I'm nostalgic enough of my teens, I don't want to go looking for any more thanks...
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