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Paradise Lost

Obligatory photo of the band.

Paradise Lost are a five-piece metal band formed in 1988 in Halifax, England. Initially a death/doom band, Paradise Lost changed their direction with their albums Icon and Draconian Times, pioneering the Gothic Metal subgenre, vocalist Nick Holmes changing his vocal style from a death growl (used on the band's first three albums) to clean singing. The name "gothic metal" is also derived from the band's second album, Gothic, which featured many of the trademarks that were to become canonised in gothic metal.

In 1997, they changed their look and style, and they began to experiment with synthrock and electronica. This direction, started with the album One Second, continued with their next two albums, Host and Believe in Nothing, the latter having more rock elements. The band appeared to be shedding their metal roots for good until Symbol of Life was released, signifying Paradise Lost's return to metal, albeit with a different sound to Icon. This return to their roots was codified by their next album, which was self-titled and sounded closer to their "classic" era. They have been a gothic metal band ever since.

Current Lineup:

  • Nick Holmes - vocals
  • Greg Mackintosh - lead guitar
  • Aaron Aedy - rhythm guitar
  • Steve Edmondson - bass
  • Adrian Erlandsson - drums

Former members:

  • Matthew Archer - drums
  • Lee Morris - drums
  • Jeff Singer - drums


  • Lost Paradise - 1990
  • Gothic - 1991
  • Shades of God - 1992
  • Icon - 1993
  • Draconian Times - 1995
  • One Second - 1997
  • Host - 1999
  • Believe in Nothing - 2001
  • Symbol of Life - 2002
  • Paradise Lost - 2005
  • In Requiem - 2007
  • Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us - 2009

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