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Paradise Lost: Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us

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Last Updated on 12:37 by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Doom/Death/Gothic
Country: U.K.
Label: The Circle Music/Century Media Records
Year: 2009/2024

 

‘Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us’ is the twelfth studio album by gothic/metal/doom masters Paradise Lost, originally released through Century Media in September 2009.

Even though the release of this important record feels like yesterday, marking the final exploring and pop days of the band, and while the progression for them never actually stopped up until now, it was the step back that started with ‘In Requiem’ the highly anticipated by their fans dive into their glorious past, the emphatic return to ‘Icon’ and Draconian formula. So, as the controversial years officially being history, Faith is now considered to be one of the most important releases coming from the Yorkshire based band.

Even from the first glance at its artwork cover, Faith has a (definitely top notch quality) look in the past, as the cover is based upon the Danse Macabre – “The Abbot” woodcut, first published in 1538.

Setting aside the fact that the gothic elements are still present, it’s the return to Holmes harsh vocals mixed with some clean and baritone lines that gives an extra boost to this marvelous work. The guitars are nothing close to virtuoso or extra ordinary in terms of technical skills, but Greg weaves a dark veil without showing off his skills; still the riffs are fucking heavy and totally doom oriented. The opener ‘’As Horizons End’’ has tremendous guitars, ”The Rise of Denial” is the little brother of ”Colossal rain” with its guitar chugged verse, while most songs here have this gloomy sorrow that Greg always delivered with his seven-string weapon.

“First Light” is very emotional and it’s where Holmes demonstrates his vocal range and ability. The title track is a kind of a ballad with strong lyrics and theme. Bravely enough, I feel that the band is giving another chance to their third era by mixing a One Second-like chorus to a Gothic -like song “I Remain”. “As Horizons End” is one of best songs Paradise Lost had written for years in the veins of “Embers Fire”, “Universal Dream” will bring “Pity the Sadness” in mind, ‘Living With Scars’ has a futuristic hint as the guitar tone is like coming from a prog/groove band and “Rise of Denial” has a great epic touch.

The bittersweet melancholy that their music aspirated in their entire career is obviously present as well and the feelings that Icon had created meet with ‘Draconian Times’ song writing patterns and the atmosphere makes this album listening a pessimist’s wet dream.

We have to make an honorable mention the drums on the album which were handled by session drummer Peter Damin, who delivers an excellent drumming performance. Surely enough, it took us as many years to listen to such percussions on a Paradise Lost album; probably since Lee Morris’ debut on Draconian Times. Unfortunately, Damin will not be part of the band, who picked ex Cradle Of Filth / At The Gates drummer Adrian Erlandsson. Last but not least,  Jens Bogren’s production is another highlight as it is strong and thick, with sharp and solid guitar tones and a crystal clear and clean sound in order to let Holmes and Mackintosh shine over their melodic darkness’ through the vocal oriented choruses and the heavy/punchy riffs in this 58 minutes long romantic sorrowful journey.

Release Date: 26.02.2024
Limited Luxurious Triple Gatefold Red Vinyl (500 copies)

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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