Paradise Lost

Metalcamp - 2010

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

I suppose Paradise Lost, with their gloomy doomy metal, could easily be deemed the odd man out on a day dominated by happy-go-lucky power metal bands such as Sonata Arctica, Hammerfall and Sabaton, but if this worked to their advantage, or if it was a hindrance to them I cannot say.

Possibly it was too out there to put them together with the other bands of the day though, I thought as I saw how small a crowd this great band had managed to lure out of their tents or up from the river, but on the other hand, I do believe that the people who had arrived were dedicated as heck to make this show worthwhile for the band. Well, that’s what I think at least, but to be honest I was on one of the first lines, and was rocking so hard, I had little time to take notice of what was going on around and behind me…

The set kicked into gear with The Rise Of Denial from their latest album Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us, which by my standards is an outstanding album, and I was therefore glad to see how it worked out at a festival setting; quite well I must say.
After this the show continued with a well-made mix of both older and newer Paradise Lost tracks, with emphasis on the melodic yet heavy years, skipping the early days of death and the mid-career electronic stuff they had going on with Host.
I personally can never get enough of No Celebration or Enchantment, but what really hit home here, with me and all the rest of the audience, was without a doubt the classic opener from the Icon album; Embers Fire. This really got the crowd pumping their fists in the air and screaming along!

The band-members seemed very enthusiastic about playing here, and I was especially glad to see Gregor Mackintosh return to lead-guitar duty after his absence on the earlier tour for the album.
Even vocalist Nick Holmes was in an unconventionally good mood, and even tried out some jokes (of course said with his normal funeral-dirge sort of happy voice) for the crowds sake, like saying that As I Die was written somewhere back in 1748, and excusing if he forgot the words to Embers Fire, as it was such a long time since performing it.

All in all, there was simply put nothing bad to say about the bands performance. This was, for this reporter, the best concert at Metalcamp this year, and a clear contender for concert of the year as well. It is a shame more people weren’t there to watch it, and of course that the band had more time to play.

Setlist:

The Rise Of Denial
Pity The Sadness
Erased
I Remain
As I Die
The Enemy
Embers Fire
Enchantment
Frailty
One Second
No Celebration
Requiem
The Last Time
Say Just Words

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