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Paradise Lost : Live Death

I never quite figured out whether or not the cult video label Jettisoundz put out a sort of bootleg video or not. This video of an ancient Paradise Lost gig has professional packaging, mentions Peaceville as the copyrights owner and it is of good recording quality. Yet you almost never see it mentioned anywhere, not by fans, nor on the Internet (their official website doesn't even mention it! Although of course there may be other reasons for this).

This Video shows us Paradise Lost in their very early beginning. The track list is basically the tracklist of their first album 'Lost Paradise' and the gig was recorded on Saturday the 4th of November 1989 at the Bradford Queens Hall (so before they released their debut album!). The band still looks very young on this video and have definitely still have the entire Death-metal vibe of the time.

Nick Holmes' performance absolutely steals the show. Everybody of those to whom I've shown this video, dropped from his or her chair laughing at his extreme overacting and death-metal attitude! I am guessing he was trying to look all brutal and evil, but unfortunately for him his "stage act" is more comical then anything else.

Absolute highlights are the fact that he never stops grunting EVER! Even when he's just talking to the audience… he grunts to them! Also when he pounces his fists towards the sky, as if he is trying to pick a fight with God, it is very hard to contain your laughter. Nick Holmes is so Death-metal that it's strange to realise how much he, and Paradise Lost, have changed over the years. His performance does make this tape nice to watch and not just another boring live gig put to video (gigs should be attended, soaking up the atmosphere and the energy in the club, not watched from a comfortable chair).

The sound quality and the overall recording quality of this video are good. Don't expect any daring camera work, it is what it is; a good quality recording of a gig somewhere in England. If you can find this and you enjoy early Paradise Lost I advice on picking it up, if only because these days it has become a bit rare.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Deadly Inner Sense
2. Frozen Illusion
3. Breeding Fear
4. Paradise Lost
5. Our Saviour
6. Rotting Misery
7. Internal Torment

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes

Visit the Paradise Lost bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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