album review : Tragic Idol (2012) – Paradise Lost

album : Tragic Idol

artist : Paradise Lost

genre : Gothic Rock / Metal

year : 2012

They are amongst the first names from the early death/doom metal era, but Paradise Lost cannot be labelled only under that single genre anymore. They’ve contributed to the genesis, shaping and advancement of doom metal by taking themselves outside the perimeters of the genre much before bands started to think that changing their style is something that is actually possible. A career spanning over twenty years, thirteen full-length albums (including Tragic Idol) and fans across galaxies, they are one of those extraordinary bands from the underground scene to have kissed tremendous success and they keep applying their own laws of music as and when they feel the need. Paradise Lost‘s dabbling between metal and rock, their trysts with clean and harsh vocals, and the evergreen theme of despair on all their albums have proved fruitful to the fans and the band.

Coming to Tragic Idol (love the name), the vibe of the album is much like most of the earlier works of the band, and finding something new for your memories becomes a little hard. The album is true to the roots of Paradise Lost, battling every personal issue, opening every sphere of the mind to indulge into the problem and not drawing a line when it comes to talking out inner problems. Coming very close to the band’s music you realize that Paradise Lost does not want to break free of things, they only want to share so that the rest of us who are floating in the same river have a voice. The lyrics on Tragic Idol (and every other PD album) is not some mindless blabbering about beer or chicks, it is an in-depth journey into the deepest lanes of this complicated world that we call ‘mind’.

One really cannot argue with a band such as this one who have vowed to take ownership of the darkest corners in our head with their music, producing riveting tunes such as those on Solitary One, Crucify, Honesty In Death, . Then there are a few others occupying you with their atmospheric greatness such as Fear Of Impending Hell, In This We Dwell, title track Tragic Idol, or the straight-forward fast riff worship on Theories From Another World and To The Darkness. Face melting solos, designed to assist your thoughts to keep going lest they bite the dust, have been evenly distributed on the album.

Tragic Lost is very strong on emotions, less driven by variety, and has some fabulously crafted tracks that can definitely be played at funerals. This definitely isn’t an album for party lovers because this is exactly where the party should stop. Tragic Lost is poetry in motion, and as is sung on one of the songs on the album, “My honesty in death, honesty adorns the end, modesty’s intent“, it is only the end that matters to Paradise Lost as can be inferred from the band’s name that there never was a paradise, and if at all there was one it has already been lost. Now that’s what we should call a happy ending.

Rating : 3.5/5

About Itihas Shetty

Is a verbomaniac. And a human being. And that's where the problem begins. View all posts by Itihas Shetty

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