Who has found the Britons of PARADISE LOST only with their last two, terrifying albums and loves them, should better circle "Gothic" wide, very wide, because this CD does not have anything to do with their new DEPECHE MODE-for-the-poor-sound.
Even though many won't believe me, but the genre-definition of Gothic Metal has been created by this, their second, album, on which they lead the Death Metal into a completely different direction, slow-paced, with a Gothic atmosphere, very well implemented female vocals of Sarah Marianne (far apart from the clichéd quota-girlies of many current acts) and tons of melancholic melodies that set new standards.
The opener "Gothic" showcases all of these elements, a lot more melodic than on their debut "Lost Paradise", but still a lot heavier than on their newer sonic tragedies (does it show through that I do not like their last two albums at all?), just as on the following tracks on which they so to say re-defined themselves and all in all created Gothic Metal.
The guitars already bear some of the characteristic minor-elegies in them, which PARADISE LOST would perfect on the following albums (including "Draconian Times"), Nick Holmes did not even try to sing, but is growling his way through the songs and double-bass-parts loosen up the melancholy.
In my opinion "Icon" still is the creative pinnacle of the Gentlemen Holmes, Mackintosh, Aedy and co., but still "Gothic" is one of the most influential albums of Metal, because it defined a complete sub-genre…