Genre: Death/Doom Metal
Country: England
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year: 2020

There’s a large amount of bands out there, whose releases will always get you either excited or seriously not amused, every time they announce one. This happens because you pretty much know what to expect. At the same time, there are those bands who, no matter what they are up to, you can just never predict their next step. One of those forementioned, is Paradise Lost, that surprise us every time in a pleasant way. This is exactly what happened with “Obsidian” as well. The 90’s have left us irrevocably, while after “Symbol of Life”, those Englishmen are desperately trying to show of a more “Metal” side of the band. This circle ends in “Obsidian”, where they surprised us with elements from their entire discography. Sounding like a little brother of “Faith Divides us – Death Unites Us” and “Draconian Times”, as well as being reminiscent of “Tragic Idol” and “In Requiem”, “Obsidian” contains the best part of the band’s discography so far. “Ghosts”. What a track! Sister of Mercy-like, intense, oldschool and definitely a new fan favorite. “Obsidian” was a brilliant record in its entirety, without getting boring at all. From the very first to the last track, gives a goof understanding of its’ meaning and now, we can only hope and expect another brilliant Paradise Lost performance in Athens this December.

4/6