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Paradise Lost - Icon

8.7 | 742 votes |
Release date: September 1993
Style: Gothic metal, Doom metal


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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

Top 20 albums of 1993: 9

Nick Holmes - vocals
Gregor Mackintosh - lead guitars
Aaron Aedy - rhythm and acoustic guitars
Stephen Edmondson - bass
Matthew Archer - drums

Session musicians
Andrew Holdsworth - keyboards
Denise Bernard - vocals

Additional info
Label: Music for Nations

Produced and engineered by Simon Efemey.
Mixed by Simon Efemey and Pete "Pee Wee" Coleman.
Mix engineer: Pete "Pee Wee" Coleman.
Assisted by: Andrew Holsworth.
Assistants: Paul Nixon, Sally Butler.

Recorded at Jacobs Studios, Surrey in June/July 1993.
Mastered by Geoff Pesche at Townhouse Studios.

Design and art direction by Stylorouge.
All photography by Matt Anker.

Guest review by
Paradise Lost are called the "Fathers of Gothic" and they deserve this title if you look in retrospect at the influence they had on Gothic Metal. Today's Gothic metal scene owes a lot to this band. The fourth album of Paradise Lost, "Icon", may be the best Gothic album a band has ever created. With influences from Death and Doom metal, which increases the pessimism and vanity of the songs, "Icon" is an artistic diamond!

published 30.04.2009 | Comments (15)

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28.06.2021 - 01:44
Rating: 9

This and Paradise Lost - gothic versions of Metallica's Black album. Decent enough albums, but nothing special about them. Obvious move toward popularity, but can't hold that against them
28.06.2021 - 17:24
JoHn DoE

^ nothing special?! I disagree, quite unique when it came out, got quite a few imitators, but none as good and definitely more interesting than Metallica's black album. Also quite beloved when it came out. I loved it, too (still do).
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01.01.2022 - 22:17
Rating: 10
Morbid Angel 13

The don't make them like this anymore... This album vividly reminds me of my childhood and I usually cannot bare listening to it. So many lost friends and relatives, so much wasted time, so many missed opportunities... Sigh...

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