Last Updated on 05:24 PM by Giorgos Tsekas
In 1993 Paradise Lost released their gothic metal masterpiece ‘Icon’, an album that defined the genre and made them one of the best metal bands the UK has ever produced.
The band have revealed details of a very special vinyl reissue of ‘Icon’ to coincide with these dates.
Released on 1st December, the album has been totally re-recorded by the band and will also feature brand new artwork. Once again working with long time collaborator and producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, the band re-recorded the vocals and drums for ‘Icon’ at his new studio Arda Recorders in Porto, Portugal. The rest of the album was completed at Greg Mackintosh’s Black Planet Studios.
Nick Holmes explains: “Our specific record deal around the time we signed for the Icon album meant we would never actually own the rights to our music or artwork, so going forward, to reissue the album ourselves for the 30th anniversary, it was necessary to re-record and completely re-do the album cover.
Re-recording ICON has not only enabled us to release it as a series of collectors editions on vinyl but it was also great to revisit some songs from a lifetime ago. Nothing can replace those original recordings or ever will, they are a nostalgic part of all our lives but it has been a lot of fun revisiting those early MFN days once again, and I hope the end result displays that!”
Today the band shared the brand new artwork for ‘Icon 30’ which was created by Scott Robinson (braceforimpact.co.uk) who comments,
“It was important for the band to continue the theme from the original Icon and when they found this image of a monument to Jesus Christ from Lychakiv Cemetery, Lviv, it was clear it was the one for the cover. The statue takes on an extra resonance knowing that it was from Ukraine. I wanted to reference original Icon colors and decided that this gold and blood red were a powerful combination to make a bold cover with impact.”
‘Icon 30’ also includes new liner notes from Kerrang’s Nick Ruskell.
Nick Holmes previously explained why the album was re-recorded and features new artwork, “Our specific record deal around the time we signed for the Icon album meant we would never actually own the rights to our music or artwork, so going forward, to reissue the album ourselves for the 30th anniversary, it was necessary to re-record and completely re-do the album cover.”
‘Icon’ can be pre-ordered now. Exclusive vinyl, ticket and t-shirt bundles are also available – https://www.omerch.com/shop/paradiselost