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Paradise Lost - Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)

Published October 23 2013

=Staff's pick

Loneliness Remains
Never Take Me Alive
Ending Through Changes
The Last Fallen Saviour*
Last Regret (Lost In Prague Orchestra Mix)
Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Lost In Prague Orchestra Mix)
Cardinal Zero
Back On Disaster*
Sons Of Perdition
Silent Heart*
Gothic 2013*
Our Saviour 2013

Genre Gothic Metal
Nick Holmes
Tracks 14
Greg Mackintosh
Running time 60 Min.
Aaron Aedy
Label Century Media
Steve Edmondson
Release 21 October 2013
Adrian Erlandsson
Country England
Producer Jens Bogren, Rhys Fulber, et al.
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To celebrate the band's 25th anniversary, Paradise Lost releases a compilation album, chiefly containing bonus material and tracks off the special CD editions of the three latest releases, In Requiem, Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us and Tragic Idol. A brand new song, the slow and also pretty boring Loneliness Remains, opens the album and a pair of re-recordings from the two first albums ends it. I really can't see where the album's subtitle, The Rarities, actually fits into its description, as I have a hard time finding much rare or hard to find stuff on this release.

It contains a few great tracks like The Last Fallen Saviour, Back On Disaster, Silent Heart and the remake of Gothic, but also some crappy material with the interlude Godless and the orchestra parts in two songs that basically were good, but now more or less sounds like poor soundtracks to Spaghetti Western movies. The songs' quality varies quite a lot during this one hour record, which is truly nothing unexpected when seeing the songs' origin though. This release should be taken for what it is, although I really can't see the point in the choice of songs, as they have a lot of older b-side material somewhere in their vaults that would have been better off to create a killer album.

It's definitely just meant as a celebration and not an album that satisfies the urge for new defining music. However, ever since they got back on track soon a decade ago with their self titled effort, I'm happy all times I get a chance to listen to Paradise Lost material I haven't heard before, which in this case equals to just over one third of the tracks. Most songs are rather typical for the band with the grooves, Greg's vintage guitar play, etc, just a little less good to totally rock. Which in fact isn't that notable, since the songs were originally cut when the jewel case editions were completed.

See also review of: Medusa , Symphony For The Lost , The Plague Within , Tragic Idol , In Requiem








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