Host

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All Music Guide - Antti J. Ravelin
Heavy metal is a hard category when a band wants or needs to change. So it isn't a surprise that Paradise Lost lost many fans when the group's previous albums, Draconian Times and One Second, were released. Host isn't an exception -- vice versa, it goes even deeper into experimental rock. This time Paradise Lost even uses synths and programming, but mixing them with distorted guitar sounds better than you may expect. Host sounds, surprisingly, like Depeche Mode with distorted guitars. Of course, this isn't a bad thing. Host is a big step for Paradise Lost at both artistic and progressive levels. Death isn't such a contemporary topic for singer Nick Holmes anymore, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Antti J. Ravelin
Heavy metal is a hard category when a band wants or needs to change. So it isn't a surprise that Paradise Lost lost many fans when the group's previous albums, Draconian Times and One Second, were released. Host isn't an exception -- vice versa, it goes even deeper into experimental rock. This time Paradise Lost even uses synths and programming, but mixing them with distorted guitar sounds better than you may expect. Host sounds, surprisingly, like Depeche Mode with distorted guitars. Of course, this isn't a bad thing. Host is a big step for Paradise Lost at both artistic and progressive levels. Death isn't such a contemporary topic for singer Nick Holmes anymore, but depressive lyrics about failures in life define the mood of Host. When guitarist/keyboardist Gregor MacKintosh's intelligent keyboard usage is added to this mood, it is easy to align with the band. Songs like "So Much Is Lost," "In All Honesty," and "Permanent Solution" are the highlights, but there are no boring moments on Host. Paradise Lost promises a lot for the band's next album. Hopefully they can show even more progress, and move on from their Depeche Mode season.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 724349994720
  • Catalog Number: 669993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Much Is Lost - Nick Holmes (4:17)
  2. 2 Nothing Sacred - Nick Holmes (4:02)
  3. 3 In All Honesty - Nick Holmes (4:01)
  4. 4 Harbour - Nick Holmes (4:23)
  5. 5 Ordinary Days - Nick Holmes (3:30)
  6. 6 It's Too Late - Nick Holmes (4:47)
  7. 7 Permanent Solution - Nick Holmes (3:17)
  8. 8 Behind the Grey - Nick Holmes (3:13)
  9. 9 Wreck - Nick Holmes (4:41)
  10. 10 Made the Same - Nick Holmes (3:33)
  11. 11 Deep - Nick Holmes (4:00)
  12. 12 Year of Summer - Nick Holmes (4:17)
  13. 13 Host - Nick Holmes (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paradise Lost Primary Artist
Nick Holmes Vocals
Aaron Aedy Guitar
Gini Ball Violin
Dinah Beamish Cello
Susan Dench Viola
Stephen Edmondson Bass
Sally Herbert Violin
Gregor MacKintosh Guitar, Keyboards
Leo Payne Violin
Jocelyn Pook Violin
Audrey Riley Cello, Background Vocals
Anne Stephenson Violin
Lee Morris Drums
Julia Singleton Violin
Christopher Tombling Violin
Technical Credits
Steve Lyon Programming, Producer, Engineer
Sally Herbert String Arrangements
Gregor MacKintosh Programming, String Arrangements
Audrey Riley String Arrangements
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Stylorouge Art Direction
Andy Farrow Management
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