Paradise Lost @ Scala, London

Sunday 29th April 2012, Review by Sabrina Dersel

Photography by Michelle Murphy

The pioneers of Gothic Metal ‘Paradise Lost’ are back in London tonight. The queue outside the Scala is huge; this is going to be a very busy night!

As I enter the venue, blue lights and smoke are filling everywhere as Vreid are onstage unleashing their black metal sound.

The Norwegian band released their fifth album entitled “V” last year.
The band is composed of Hvàll (Jarle Kvåle) – Bass , Steingrim (Jørn Holen) – Drums Sture (Sture Dingsøyr) – Vocals, guitar and Strom (Stian Bakketeig) – Guitar.

They formed in 2004 after the break up of Windir following the death of lead singer and founder Valfar.

Even though they played well, I am not that impressed by their set tonight.

Raped by Light
Then We Die
Pitch Black

Next onstage is Insomnium.
After covering their gig twice doing photos, I happily decided to only review the gig tonight and be able to finally enjoy their show to the fullest; What a good decision it was!
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The Finnish Melodic Death Metal band released their new album “One for Sorrow” in October last year. The opus is excellent.
Niilo Sevänen is singing and on bass, Ville Friman on backing vocals and guitar, Markus Hirvonen on drums and new member Markus Vanhala on guitar.

They start tonight’s set with the intro “Inertia” from “One For Sorrow”, then follows “Through The Shadow”. They are owning the stage and unleashing some powerful riffs, Niilo’s growl is strong but the crowd doesn’t seem to be very reactive, but once the song is finished there are lots of clapping and horns raised.
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“Good evening London, we’re from Finland”, comes before the riffs of “Down With The Sun”. Insomnium has a lot of energy, they keep headbanging through the whole song.

“We played in Manchester, it was pretty good! This next song is ‘The Killjoy’; lets see what London has!”
People are still getting to know the band but they are conquering more and more fans in the crowd.

Unfortunately I can’t help but noticing a not-so-good synchronisation between the drums and the guitars, making the song sound a bit off.
“London please buy our merch to support us guys on the road”, and it is exactly my plan as soon as they finish their set!

The next song is “Unsung”, which includes some beautiful guitar solo.
“Do you want some more? Are you sure?”, with the crowd energetic they went into their next track; “Mortal Share”, more people are getting into it and showing more enthusiasm now with many clapping and cheering with “One For Sorrow” closing tonight’s performance. It is quite a weird choice for a last song as it is quite a slow one and we are left with “Decoherence”, the instrumental song to close their set.

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Insomnium will be touring China in May and the band will be playing ‘Hellfest’ this summer in France; I can t wait to see them live again!

Through the Shadows
Only One Who Waits
Down With the Sun
Mortal Share
One for Sorrow

After quite a long wait, Paradise Lost arrives on stage!
The venue is totally packed out now and it’s extremely hot inside. As the band walks on you can’t help but focusing on the vocalist Nick Holmes‘hair; GONE are the long locks with there only being maybe, three to four centimetres of length left!
Paradise Lost are a heavy metal band that formed in 1988 in Halifax, England.
Their line-up has remained stable for such a long-standing heavy metal band, consisting of singer Nick Holmes, guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy, and bassist Steve Edmondson. Holmes and Mackintosh are the principal composers;
with almost all of the band’s songs credited to them.
During the years, the band has only changed drummers, now Adrian Erlandsson, since 2009.

The first song “Honestly In Death” starts the night. Throughout the whole gig they play tracks from nine of their albums. They have just released their thirteenth album!

Playing tracks such as “Erased”, “In This We Dwell”, “Tragic Idol”, “One Second” only to name a few.
They play neat and tight with the sound good and clear and the fans are obviously enjoying their set even though they are squeezed like sardines!

Playing some great tracks tonight; ”Say Just Words” closes tonight‘s festivities.

A fantastic end to a brilliant night, this was one Gig that was definitely worth seeing tonight in London.

Honesty in Death
Forever Failure
Soul Courageous
In This We Dwell
Praise Lamented Shade
Pity the Sadness
As I Die
Symbol of Life
Tragic Idol
The Enemy

One Second
Fear of Impending Hell
Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us
Say Just Words