Metal Storm logo
Paradise Lost - Host review




Bandcamp music player
Reviewer:
8.0

363 users:
7.02
Band: Paradise Lost
Album: Host
Release date: May 1999


01. So Much Is Lost
02. Nothing Sacred
03. In All Honesty
04. Harbour
05. Ordinary Days
06. It's Too Late
07. Permanent Solution
08. Behind The Grey
09. Wreck
10. Made The Same
11. Deep
12. Year Of Summer
13. Host


"Host" is an obscure part in the course of Paradise Lost, concerning not the band and its sound but their fans. Many love to hate this album, some totally ignore its existence and consider it not a Paradise Lost release and there are many as well that love it for everything it has to offer.

The fact is that I really can't get why such a big part of the metal fan-base of Paradise Lost hate this album since it is Paradise Lost and this fact is quite obvious while listening to "Host", their most complex album when it comes to sound matters and ideas. Paradise Lost worked hard to bring this album to life, the use of electronics and FX is genius and it pays tribute to the synth-pop scene of the 80s and early 90s (a.k.a. Depeche Mode) incorporating as well elements from the dark sounding paths of the 80s infiltrating both influences through a Paradise Lost prism offering an in depth composed album.

The guitars this time have only an accompanying role, remaining often in the background, but they interpret their role in the most ideal way, lending to the fragile and gentle aesthetic of "Host". The fluid guitar sound and the FX/Echo-driven guitar passages lend their beauty to the affected atmosphere of the compositions with Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy keeping the Paradise Lost feeling in the guitar passages, no matter how "different" they may seem. The rhythm section is adorned with FX as well, especially the drumming which evokes either a beat-like sound or has a more artificial approach in terms of expression. What someone may notice is the use of orchestrations from time to time and whenever they enter the compositions they evoke a unique serene and emotional atmosphere, making the overall sound of the band more affected and beautiful.

Greg Mackintosh's musical mind paves the way with his ideas and melodies in the most appropriate way in the composing part and this is the moment Nick Holmes' voice enters to give life to his integral and emotional lyrics. His vocal lines have a sense of Morrissey (The Smiths) and Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), remaining always personal though. No more husky vocals, his voice is pure and clean and there's no need for a turning back at the moment. This time Paradise Lost have the best vocal interpretation they ever had as a matter of quality with Holmes showing his true vocal abilities, singing with such passion and emotion.

"Host" is an album that flows as one and the fact that Paradise Lost achieved, for one more time, a sound balance through its whole duration is for sure in the plus of the album, along with the wonderful production and the fabulous compositions and atmosphere. It is the most esoteric and fragile release of Paradise Lost with the band pouring themselves in the resonating blue of melancholy, taking a risky step without being afraid and the history has shown, despite the blinders and not thoughtful reactions of a big part of the metal fan-base of Paradise Lost, that "Host" is a very good Paradise Lost album, having a different approach but keeping the sense the band always had.





Written on 06.12.2005 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."


Comments page 2 / 2

Comments: 34   Visited by: 144 users
23.11.2021 - 12:46
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Horrible sound album and changes, all so called disco era albums are shit to me. I hated it then and hate now. It's like the gathering and Anathema changed sound and sounds like shit. This band came back to true metal sound its good. I wonder what was in the minds to mix it. Seems whit one second long gaited metal head days between youth in UK ended. I think many true fans hated it more then as now. I still hate it, seems those who likes soft rock, prog rock likes this album.
----
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
Loading...
23.11.2021 - 12:53
JoHn DoE

Written by Bad English on 23.11.2021 at 12:46

Horrible sound album and changes, all so called disco era albums are shit to me. I hated it then and hate now. It's like the gathering and Anathema changed sound and sounds like shit. This band came back to true metal sound its good. I wonder what was in the minds to mix it. Seems whit one second long gaited metal head days between youth in UK ended. I think many true fans hated it more then as now. I still hate it, seems those who likes soft rock, prog rock likes this album.


"all so called disco era" - no, you are the only person I've ever seen calling this era of Paradise Lost (I imagine you mean the albums from 1997 to 2002). There is nothing disco about this music, it's not even dance music, wtf are you talking about I do not know. It's also not soft rock, again, that's a totally different music genre.

"true fans"? as opposed to what "fake fans"? "false fans". wtf?!
----
I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
Loading...
23.11.2021 - 13:03
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
John doe even our editor in cheed that time called that period disco era.
----
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
Loading...
23.11.2021 - 13:07
JoHn DoE

Written by Bad English on 23.11.2021 at 13:03

John doe even our editor in cheed that time called that period disco era.


I don't know what a "cheed" is.

I don't think I have ever seen a more inaccurate description ever on MS - the music of Host being called disco music.
----
I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
Loading...

Hits total: 12196 | This month: 9