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From the harrowing doom of their 1990 debut Lost Paradise, to 1991's genre-defining Gothic, to 1995's break-out masterpiece Draconian Times, to 1997's electronically-tinged One Second, to 2007's return to a heavier from In Requiem, to last year's opus Tragic Idol, PARADISE LOST has continued to evolve since their inception in 1988, inspiring countless artists throughout the years. To celebrate their influence on the scene, a special compilation will be released this fall to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary landmark.
Entitled Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), this album will be released on October 21st in Europe (digitally on October 29th in North America) and features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir, who has worked with artists such as ORPHANED LAND, MORBID ANGEL, WATAIN, and more than 150 others. All tracks found the compilation are previously released rarities - except the new track "Loneliness Remains" and newly recorded "Gothic 2013" and "Our Saviour 2013."
Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) track-listing:
1. Loneliness Remains
2. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version)
3. Ending Through Changes
4. The Last Fallen Saviour
5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)
6. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)
7. Cardinal Zero
8. Back On Disaster
9. Sons Of Perdition
11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL cover version)
12. Silent In Heart
13. Gothic 2013
14. Our Saviour 2013
PARADISE LOST's Aaron Aedy (guitar) comments:
"The years surrounding our formation in the 20th century would have earmarked this as a B-sides collection. These were songs that were left over from an album recording session you couldn't fit on to the sound quality restrictive, optimal length of both sides of a vinyl LP. You then usually used these for the flip side of your single as a nice extra for fans and also perhaps, as an incentive for the collectors to purchase to help any important charting or sales which could facilitate radio airplay, the best and most important way for your band to be heard at the time. Yes my friends, it's hard to imagine now, there was a time before the internet!
A time when even during the recording and writing of songs for our 'Lost Paradise' album, tape trading demos and live tracks on the underground scene via mail (the real physical post kind!) were essential to a band's chance of being known by the people would 'get it'. The magazines Metal Hammer, Metal Forces and Kerrang! Also had a couple of champions of the underground scene too, helping bands like ourselves be known on a wider scale, but the rarer still indeed back then were the audio and visual outlets - in the UK we had the legendary 'Friday Rock Show with Tommy Vance' who introduced myself and many other to a lot of the bands they went on to love for life. Later, TV shows The Powerhour, Raw Power and of course Headbangers Ball on MTV. All of course, pre-empted that smorgasbord of information, the internet, for the discerning and hungry-for-more Rock music fan to feast upon.
Twenty-five years has seen a lot of change, not just musically for the band - take 'Our Saviour' and 'Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us' for instance. The internet has broadened the choice of music we can readily hear enormously, and more importantly, hear and see for ourselves to form our own opinion - not just what the larger commercial companies and stations want us to hear!
Added to our extra tracks from the past, we've included the recent re-recordings of 'Gothic' and 'Our Saviour'. This is something as a musician you find a strange experience. We as a band have always been an album rather than a single band, and re-recording old songs is most often best left alone - but when we rehearsed 'Our Saviour', a song long lost from our live set for a good twenty years, we found it pretty exciting and fun! We decided before hitting the studio we would not record it as a perfect 21st century studio version, as I don't feel this song would benefit from it (in fact more so, lose it's original charm), but we decided to just do it quick and almost demo speed. Whilst recording to capture the most raw element, we drafted in our old friend and producer Simon Efemey, who worked on our 'Shades of God', 'Icon' and 'Draconian Times' recordings to capture this, which whilst working to make it sound raw, made it fun too! Don't think of the re-recordings as replacements for our originals, but just as five blokes having fun and re-visiting the past in the studio.
I hope this collection helps some of the people who like our music have more completed playlist of our most recent album sessions' songs. I personally am very pleased that 'The Last Fallen Saviour' is here, as I would love to have had that on the 'Tragic Idol' album. Also 'Cardinal Zero', which only just didn't make the cut for 'Faith Divides Us...' due to it have a very different vibe to the other album track. Both nonetheless, I feel are very strong songs and show a slightly different side to those writing periods.
CD and downloads not having a 'flip-side' or 'side B' had almost made that term redundant, but for a resurgent vinyl hardcore that has thankfully kept that one alive, I'm pleased to say. I often reminisce those teen years of travelling home excited on the bus with a new LP, reading all the lyrics, enjoying the large enough cover to make artwork intricately delightful and worthwhile. Great heart-warming memories for me indeed. Yet, the music new and old I'm discovering on the internet these days in the 21st century is an absolute joy! I'm pleased to have had both experiences during my years with PARADISE LOST and the future hold who knows what. I for one am very excited though to see where we go next!
Here's wishing everyone all the best from PARADISE LOST and most importantly, thank you very much from us all for your amazing support, which humbles us greatly.
Twenty-five years and counting!"
- Aaron Aedy (PARADISE LOST)
PARADISE LOST is also pleased to confirm that their 25th anniversary "Tragic Illusion" tour has been extended to now include a number of European dates! As with the UK shows, the band will be supported by both LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA (who will be playing the entire Viva Emptiness album at all shows). See below for all upcoming tour dates -
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 - Lille Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday 4th September 2013 - Kulturbolaget Malmö, Sweden
Thursday 5th September 2013 - Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, Sweden
Friday 6th September 2013 - John Dee Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway
Saturday 7th September 2013 - Nalen Stockholm, Sweden
Monday 9th September 2013 - Nosturi Helsinki, Finland
uesday 10th September 2013 - Lutakko Jyväskylä, Finland
Wednesday 11th September 2013 - Pakkahuone Tampere, Finland
Friday Sep 12th September 2013 - Volta Club Moscow, Russian Federation
Saturday 14th September 2013 - KZ Aurora Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Sunday 15th September 2013 - Premio Center Nizhniy Novgorod, Russian Federation
Monday 17th September 2013 - Re:public Minsk, Belarus
WITH LACUNA COIL & KATATONIA
Wednesday 30th October 2013 - Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Thursday 31st October 2013 - O2 ABC Glasgow, United Kingdom
Friday 1st November 2013 - The Ritz Manchester, United Kingdom
Sunday 3rd November 2013 - The Roundhouse London, United Kingdom
Monday 4th November 2013 - Essigfabrik Cologne, Germany
Tuesday 6th November 2013 - Club X Herford, Germany
Wednesday 7th November 2013 - Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
Thursday 8th November 2013 - Bibelot Dordrecht, Netherlands
Saturday 10th November 2013 - Tivoli Oudegracht Utrecht, Netherlands
Sunday 11th November 2013 - Hirsch Nuremberg, Germany
Monday 12th November 2013 - Arena Vienna, Austria
Tuesday 13th November 2013 - Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
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