Paradise Lost, founded in 1988 in Halifax, West Yorkshire and arguably one of the important and influential metal bands to ever emerge out of the UK, will celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. Never ones to shy away from their roots their most recent albums ‘Medusa’ and ‘The Plague Within’ saw a return to their crushing doom metal sound of pure Northern Misery.
On 26th March 1988 Paradise Lost had their first ever rehearsal at Studio X in Halifax and now all these years later they will take things straight back to the city where it all began with a special one-off intimate show at The Lantern in Halifax on Saturday 22nd September.
With a venue capacity of only 150 this will be the closest fans will get to seeing Paradise Lost as it was in the old days and is an event that is unlikely to ever be repeated. Vocalist Nick Holmes comments:
“Surprisingly, we have never ever played our home town of Halifax, so as it’s the bands 30th year, we thought it would be a good idea to do a one off special intimate show in the band’s birth place, and in a relevantly new venue, where we would probably play if we were starting out again today! We started out in West Yorkshire and so it makes sense to celebrate such an important milestone back here.’
Paradise Lost’s first ever show was at The Frog and Toad in Bradford and since this time their music has always been synonymous with Yorkshire and the North, whether as part of the Peaceville Records roster or from their intense shows at West Yorkshire’s prominent rock and metal club Bradford Rios. While bands have moved labels and venues have long since closed down Paradise Lost’s connection to this part of the UK has remained unbreakable.
Over their enduring career, Paradise Lost have not only created and defined genres and styles with their music, but almost immediately transcended them. From the crawling, harrowing doom of their 1990 debut ‘Lost Paradise’, to the electronic influenced 1997 album ‘One Second’, 1999’s recently re-issued ‘Host’ and 2007’s return to the heavier side of metal “In Requiem” their sound has continued to evolve vastly and now has come full circle with last year’s doom-filled ‘Medusa’.
The band will also be donating all profits from this show to Overgate Hospice in Halifax.