Avert Your Eyes To The Stoney Gaze of Paradise Lost
6th June 2017, 14:15
Posted by Tristan
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Shortly after having signed to Nuclear Blast, Paradise Lost have unveiled their follow up to 2015’s The Plague Within titled Medusa.

Returning with the absolutely brilliant The Plague Within two years ago now, Paradise Lost wrote one of their best records in a long time. Following the newly appointed position of head screamer over in Bloodbath, frontman Nick Holmes, who moonlighted in the Swedish band had brought this sense of ferocity back into the fray when it came to his more Yorkshire style roots in Paradise Lost.

Once more crafting a fantastic record the band set out to be on the road, performing all over the world. Announcing that the band would be striking up a deal with Nuclear Blast, we were hoping it wouldn’t be long before we would hear the announcement of a brand new album. Thankful that time has come as the band unveil their new work shall be titled Medusa and is set for a September 1st release via Nuclear Blast.

The band have also revealed the album’s artwork, which, contrasted with the fine attention to detail that was present in The Plague Within works on a more solid level. Having the focal colour of the record be this beautiful fuchsia with a suitably doom laden centrepiece amongst what looks like a wreath of snakes. No doubt closer to the time it will all make sense but thus far, Greg Mackintosh has said the following :

“Whilst we were writing »Medusa« and realising what the new songs were becoming, we had to find an artist to reflect this direction. After searching around for a while, I found Branca Studios. They have a keen eye for design and their modern take on retro artwork really fit the bill. What they have come up with is a blending of colourful yet retro styling, whilst maintaining the classic Paradise Lost feel.”
It will be interesting to see where the band go as they are at somewhat of a musical crossroads. Able to carry on in the vein of a more aggressive sound or instead forgo that for the inclusion of more doleful melodies that people might be slightly more accustomed to. Either way, it will be exciting to see what the Yorkshire boys will dish up come September.
Paradise Lost’s brand new album Medusa is set for a September 1st release via Nuclear Blast.