Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us
28 September 2009
by Andy Parker
Pioneers of the Gothic Metal scene, experimentalists, Paradise Lost return with their second album in as many years and it has some seriously heavy fangs.
Yes, there are still some out there that consider Paradise Lost as that Goth band from the early nineties but a lot has changed since their entry to the world in 1988. Paradise Lost is a band that has continually evolved experimenting with many different styles and techniques, from the blueprint release Gothic, to the acclaimed Draconian Times and One Second. They’ve dabbled with electronica, industrial, darkwave, and now it would seem a bit of Black Metal is being thrown into the works.
The move to 7-string guitars is evident and brings an element to their dark art which many have been long waiting for. Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us provides a far more dynamic record. Tracks like ‘Living With Scars’ coming across as Textures-esque tech-metal wheras the title track along, ‘The Rise Of Denial’, and ‘Frailty’ provide a more black metal approach.
Opening track ‘As Horizons End’ swoops and crashes like a Pink Floyd classic, with plenty of reprisals and one of the deepest hooks this side of the barrier reef, very much sets the scene for the next 50 minutes.
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This is certainly the heaviest record by Paradise Lost and it’s a much welcomed manoeuvre. With bands such as Opeth and Katatonia pushing forward the epic delivery of gothic metal in recent years, Faith Divides Us could be the most well received release of Paradise Lost’s already impressive career.
Sounds Like: Katatonia, Opeth, Rammstein
Top Tracks: The Rise Of Denial, Living With Scars, Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us
Paradise Lost – Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us tracklisting
As Horizons End
Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us
The Rise Of Denial
Living With Scars