Iconic UK metallers, Paradise Lost, have signed a worldwide deal with German-based metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast! Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 and still boasting 4 of its 5 original members, the band are widely-credited with co-founding the gothic metal genre with their sophomore album, ‘Gothic’ (1991). Through the years, Paradise Lost have changed their style effectively and reinvented themselves again and again. They elbowed their way from their original melodic death metal sound on their debut, ‘Lost Paradise’ (1990) to the classic ‘Icon’ (1993) and more experimental ‘One Second’ (1997). Finally they went back to the roots with their current release, ‘The Plague Within’ (2015) achieving some of the best reviews of their career.
Vocalist Nick Holmes commented:
“Paradise Lost’s career has run alongside Nuclear Blast Records since the label began in the late 80’s. And as huge fans of original death metal, we still have the majority of the label’s first releases from those very early days. It’s pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years, both in Europe and America and now, nearly 30 years later, in a new chapter for the band, it’s exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!”
Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger adds:
“As a fan from day one I’ve been following Paradise Lost ever since their death metal era, but have also enjoyed watching them grow into something even bigger and so unique. They defined and later on re-defined the gothic genre and always delivered the most dark and memorable songs. It’s a great pleasure to finally welcome the band to the ever-growing Nuclear Blast family! Needless to say that we’re very much looking forward to this partnership!”
Paradise Lost will be playing at renowned Catton Park based metal festival; Bloodstock Festival, on August 13th where they will be playing the main stage alongside the likes of Gojira, Mastodon and Fear Factory. Tickets are available here.
Blastfest Announce 14 New Bands! Akercocke, BTAM, Angelcorpse & More…
It’s just over eight months until one of the highlights of the metal festival calendar is upon us once again… Blastfest!
Held in Norway’s Bergen, a city steeped in metal culture and famed for its natural beauty with its location between seven mountains and seven fjords. Blastfest takes place right in the heart of winter on 22nd – 25th February 2017 and now on the lead up to its fourth incarnation with acts such as Devin Townsend Project, Dying Fetus and Hell having already been announced. This latest wave of band announcements has been promised to be just as fittingly epic for a Blastfest appearance.
Reunited after a six year hiatus, American black/death cult act Angelcorpse are back and will be in Bergen for the first time ever. Akercocke, again, another band united after a hiatus are back to summon the Antichrist and are set to do just that at Blastfest 2017. Fronted by Karl Willetts and featuring other members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction, Bergen is about to witness the war machine of Memoriam in full force. Telling tales of their Roman ancestors, Ade, one of the fiercest death metal bands right now are set for an appearance at Blastfest as is genre-defying Americans Between The Buried & Me and black metal outfit Nordjevel, a band who’ve been making huge waves of late. Lucifer’s Child, Beneath, Hatesphere, Italian death metal quartet Hour Of Penance, Icelandic black/death act Zhrine, Swedish black metallers Avslut, atmospheric death metal trio The Monolith Deathcult and atmospheric black metallers Darkend complete the second wave of acts confirmed for Blastfest 2017.
Various Clubs (22nd) & USF Verftet (23rd – 25th)
Devin Townsend Project / Dying Fetus / Between The Buried & Me / Hell / Peste Noire / Memoriam / Batushka / Akercocke / Ajattara / Horna / Benighted / Hour Of Penance / Angelcorpse / The Monolith Deathcult / Hatesphere / Misþyrming / Zhrine / Trident / Emptiness / IXXI / Regarde Les Hommes Tomber / Lucifers Child / Deluge / Auðn / Nordjevel / Darkend / Beneath / Avslut / Doomas / Aspherium / Ade / Plus More TBA
Tickets on sale now: http://www.