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Paradise Lost : Icon

The change started on 'Shades of God' towards a more accessible sound continues on 'Icon'. The grunts have gone and most of the crushing heaviness has also been replaced by a much more open sound. The sad nature of the songs, the brilliant guitar play of G. Mackintosh and the intelligent lyrics, however, did remain.

The album is still clearly a metal album and highly enjoyable, especially for people who enjoy a more open sound or who do not like grunts. We also see a return of the use of some female vocals (only on one track however!). This album sounds highly pleasing to the ear, mainly because the loss of the ultra heavy sound. This gives rise to exploring more corners of depressive and melancholic music. The album however does seem to weaken a bit in the middle.

The weaker middle however does not stop this from being one of the best Paradise Lost albums. If one looks beyond a middle track like 'Colossal Rains', which in my opinion is too pretentious, there are so many great songs to be found here. Like 'Remembrance', 'True Belief', 'Joys Of The Emptiness' and so on. No it might not be Doom-metal in its most true shape, it might not be the most influential album, but it is definitely "earcandy" if you filter out the one or two weaker middle songs.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Embers Fire
2. Remembrance
3. Forging Sympathy
4. Joys Of The Emptiness
5. Dying Freedom
6. Widow
7. Colossal Rains
8. Weeping Words
9. Poison
10. True Belief
11. Shallow Seasons
12. Christendom
13. Deus Misereatur

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Aesthetic Death
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