Available for the first time on vinyl! This edition (wood-brown/black marbled) comes from the vinyl master Patrick W. Engel from the Temple Of Disharmony Studio and off the original (!) tapes. The disc is released with a thick 400g spin sleeve, 12-page LP booklet and A1 poster. Limited to 300 pieces.
The gossip is true: 'Metal Blade' have found the holy grail of heavy metal, an album that has officially not been available for many years and by one of the best bands of all times - 'Paradise Lost' by the mighty 'CIRITH UNGOL'! Metal Blade finally got the rights for the 1991 master piece, released by Restless Records. For fans of bands like 'Cloven Hoof', 'Manilla Road' and co.!
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..for making this available on vinyl finally!
This album kicks off with Join the Legion, a picture perfect example of heavy metal done properly. Riffs chop away with brilliant edge that rip through flesh. The chorus is a fist-pump-fest that´ll get you on your feet, shouting along, pathetically trying to emulate Baker´s tough, surprisingly raspy, deep lines. Tim sounds rougher and goes lower than earlier, and for those who had problems with his vocals on previous albums, may like his style better here.
With new members come new ideas, and one of them wrote the following song. The Troll is a bit choppy, yet certainly one of the gloomiest tracks on the album. Fire ups the pace a little, and if it wasn´t for Baker´s snarls and awesome, slower, crushing passages, this would wander off into forbidden 80´s rock territory. Heaven Help Us is a straight up heavy metal tune with dominating, melodic riffs, clearly audible bass, gallopping passages and awesome leads.
Although this cleaner sound is a bit boggling and come off as a bit of a downer at first, it will eventually grow on you. Plus, you have the lovely, dirty doom moments like Before the Lash, and the Phantom of the Opera-esque Chaos Rising, which starts out slow and churning before exploding into a flurry of absolutely fantastic riffs, completely dominating choruses, and a lead section that will shred you to pieces. In other words resembling songs like Of Frost and Fire and 100 mph complete with a doomy intro.
All in all, given the circumstances this is a pretty damn great album. Sure there are some downers like the flowery Go It Alone, and less deliberate The Troll, but this is still Cirith fucking Ungol and everything with their stamp on is worth getting. Oh and did I mention that the song Paradise Lost is terrific? Yeah it is, and there´s some awesome stuff here that fans of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Legend and Heavy Load should know and love even if it isn´t on par with their previous efforts.
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Twenty five years passed after American metal icon last record release, however it sounds very recognizable nowdays. It comes with Michael Wheelan poster (dull coated) booklet (again, dull) and well made sleeves. Vinyl plays vibrant. Good staff for collectors.
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