Symbol of Life

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Though the relative merits of Paradise Lost's bizarre transformation from heavier-than-God doom/death metal originators to an alternative rock act delving into gothic electronica remain locked in a fierce debate, there's no sense ignoring two unmistakable facts. First, the band had clearly reached the end of its original direction's tether with 1995's Draconian Times, which, despite its success with fans and solid songs, was little more than a retread of the band's previous album, and arguably career-apex, Icon. Second, while their subsequent sonic experiments have often resembled nothing more than a slightly heavier version of Depeche Mode complete with singer Nick ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Though the relative merits of Paradise Lost's bizarre transformation from heavier-than-God doom/death metal originators to an alternative rock act delving into gothic electronica remain locked in a fierce debate, there's no sense ignoring two unmistakable facts. First, the band had clearly reached the end of its original direction's tether with 1995's Draconian Times, which, despite its success with fans and solid songs, was little more than a retread of the band's previous album, and arguably career-apex, Icon. Second, while their subsequent sonic experiments have often resembled nothing more than a slightly heavier version of Depeche Mode complete with singer Nick Holmes adopting a very David Gahan-esque, deadened baritone, the band has proved remarkably resilient in pursuing and defending their chosen career course, of which 2002's Symbol of Life is amazingly the fourth installment. And like the first, 1997's transitional One Second, Symbol of Life may prove the most palatable to the band's disapproving hardcore metal fan contingent. Album highlights such as "Erased," "Perfect Mask," and first single "Mistify" present very adventurous and mostly satisfying contrasts between the very heavy, minor-chord guitar riffs of old and the newfangled electronic elements of recent years. Conversely, songs treading the dreaded middle ground "Pray Nightfall," "Self-Obsessed" are as irritatingly average and revealing of the group's pop limitations as ever, the tribal drumming heard on the title track proving especially painful. Yet, for the aforementioned metal fan base, the final insult is saved for last, by way of a tepid cover of Bronski Beat's "Small Town Boy." Though the premise is far more offensive than the actual results, the truth is Paradise Lost's wholly unsurprising arrangement for the song contrived along similar lines of commercial desperation as that of hundreds of other metal bands who have covered new wave hits in recent years, as well their drab execution of it, just don't sound convincing. And sadly, forgiveness for any sort of commercialization is hard to come by within the metal world, so for those of you who feel that way about the modern Paradise Lost, Symbol of Life will not change your minds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 743219617828
  • Catalog Number: 75009
  • Sales rank: 132,464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Isolate (3:44)
  2. 2 Erased (3:32)
  3. 3 Two Worlds (3:29)
  4. 4 Pray Nightfall (4:11)
  5. 5 Primal (4:23)
  6. 6 Perfect Mask (3:46)
  7. 7 Mystify (3:49)
  8. 8 No Celebration (3:48)
  9. 9 Self-Obsessed (3:07)
  10. 10 Symbol of Life (3:56)
  11. 11 Channel for the Pain (3:53)
  12. 12 Xavier (6:07)
  13. 13 Small Town Boy (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paradise Lost Primary Artist
Rhys Fulber Keyboards
Gregor MacKintosh Keyboards
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Lee Dorian Vocals
Devin Townsend Vocals
Chris Elliott Piano
Joanna Stevens Vocals
Technical Credits
Rhys Fulber Programming, Producer
Gregor MacKintosh Programming
Chris Potter Digital Editing
Greg Reely Engineer
Carmen Rizzo Engineer
Dirk Rudolph Cover Design
Chris Elliott String Arrangements
Kai Blankenberg Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Paradise Lost, quality goth very highly produced, luvly!

    Not only was I shocked when I saw this album I was even more shocked to hear it. I have been listening to the band since draconian times and always felt that they were a fantastic band but were loosing track of what they seemed to be looking for, Host was a beautiful representation of a new direction for gothic music, but it lended it to the talent behind the music. The next album introduced another interesting look, what if you took Paradise Lost so far and do a paint by numbers album. And thats what you got, no real surprises. It left Paradise Lost dismayed that they couldn't truely please there fans, only themselves. This realisation I believe has given birth to this album. Paradise Lost have created a very in depth creation of some of the finest blend of goth with the fresh new sound of metal, created from the true masters of this genre today. However, there is the fact that some might find this album too fresh, or too goth, but if you can see the creation that has made this album and its songs stand out and enjoy hearing the band with extreme top notch production you will find this to be the Paradise Lost album.

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