at The Riverside, Newcastle, U.K., February 12, 2022

PARADISE LOST (Live at The Riverside, Newcastle, U.K., February 12, 2022)
Photo: Mick Burgess

Halifax’s harbingers of Doom, Paradise Lost’s latest album, Obsidian, was released right at the start of the lockdown and it’s only now, two years later, that they are finally able to tour in it’s support. Just in time for them commencing work on its follow up.

After an immensely impressive hour-long slot by Portugal’s Moonspell which included “Night Eternal”, “Hermitage”, the title track from their latest release; “Alma Mater” from their 1995 debut album Wolfheart and a stunning “Full Moon Madness” the enthusiastic crowd were well up for an evening of doom and misery from Goth Metal innovators, Paradise Lost.

With no fewer than 16 studio albums to choose from Paradise Lost wasted no time delivering the classics with “Widow” from their Icon release opening the show before coming right up to date with “Fall From Grace” from their latest album.

Having four original members that first formed the band almost 35 years ago is something of a rarity these days and with drummer, Waltteri Vayrynen with them for 7 years they certainly form one tight unit as lead singer Nick Holmes cheekily introduced him as one Fin amongst four Yorkshire puddings!!

It’s dark, moody and melancholic as Nick Holmes veered from guttural growls to a rich, deep baritone while the granite heavy riffs from Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy gave plenty of crunch and bite.

One of the major strengths of Paradise Lost is that they drew in a multitude of influences and created their own style which has now been copied the world over and they have never stood still musically moving from the slow, hypnotic Doom of “Beneath Broken Earth” to the dark Depeche Mode-esq Electronica of “So Much Is Lost” and “One Second” keeping the set fresh and varied.

At times the music is achingly beautiful and in “Darker Thoughts” and “Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us” the smooth tones of Holmes and the soaring melodic melodies from Mackintosh are striking.

Of course, the big up-tempo numbers have the crowd bouncing with “The Last Time” making a welcome return to the set but it was is “Say Just Words” which really raised the temperature and quite how this didn’t give them a hit on par with The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” is an unfathomable mystery. It’s an absolute banger.

With an intense “Ghosts” closing a four-song encore, this was one night of misery that raised the spirits and banished the ghosts of Covid for good.

Review and Photos By Mick Burgess


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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