Now who would have thought? English PARADISE LOST return to their glorious “Draconian Times“ era with their latest epos “In Requiem“. While the last albums had already hinted at this, the new album is the legitimate “Draconian Times” successor. Erase everything in-between from your memory and just enjoy “In Requiem”. Of course it is not as easy as it may seem, but the band definitely has re-found its old, Metallic strength.
The heaviness of “Icon“ and the spirit of “Draconian Times“ are revived in new hits such as “The Enemy“, “Praise Lamented Shade”, “Requiem” or “Unreachable” and leave the listener satisfied. The guitars finally crunch again and the melancholy makes even a sunny day a dark happening. But I have to admit that the record dips a little towards the end, but it never gets boring, the already mentioned songs will take care of that. The opening double cracker “Never For The Damned“ and “Ash & Debris“ is a very good one as well, just like the production. The only thing that prohibits “In Requiem” from reaching the echelons of a “Draconian Times”: Nick Holmes’ vocals. They just don’t have that special something anymore that had made the first albums so special. Sure, he tries to sound darker again and partly manages as well, but then he falls back into the very clean vocals of the last few discs. As said, this is still only a small downpoint, as he still is very convincing behind the mic and the overall impression only is clouded a little. Song wise and in terms of atmosphere “In Requiem” finally is where older fans expect this band to be.
I have finally made my peace with the band, which had been seriously disturbed since “One Second“. PARADISE LOST finally play this melancholic Metal again and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Fans of the old albums have to get this or should at least have a listen. All others should also get the albums since “Gothic”. PARADISE LOST, you have done a great service for you and your fans, thank you!
Check-out tips: “Praise Lamented Shade”, “Requiem”, “Unreachable”…
(Online December 24, 2007)