Goth metal band Paradise Lost will perform in Israel for the 9th time

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English gothic metal band Paradise Lost, considered an ancestor of doom metal – with a slow tempo, thick sound and lyrics filled with despair and dread – will return to Israel for the ninth time, playing at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv on April 19.

The group is currently on tour, promoting their latest album, “Obsidian”.

The album was written entirely by vocalist Nick Holmes and guitarist Greg Mackintosh, and described as more of a mix of vocal styles than their usual sound, Holmes said.

“I like to do the gritty stuff, but sometimes it’s good to do the clean stuff as well,” Holmes said.

He finds that many people are uplifted by the somewhat depressing sound and lyrics of Paradise Lost.

“We’ve always found, if it’s miserable music for the average person, for us, we actually find it uplifting,” he said. “One man’s meat is another man’s poison, I suppose. If my mom found it depressing, the next person might find it uplifting. It’s every man for himself. I tend to find happy music depressing.

Nine performances in Israel is something of a record for most international bands, although Paradise Lost has always had a following in Israel and cherished the connection.

“Nine times, in the context of how long we’re going, that’s not really a lot,” Holmes said. “Every time we’re asked to do that, we say, ‘Yeah sure.’ “We have a lot of great memories and we have a lot of friends there that we’ve met over the years. It’s always good to play there.”

The band, made up of Holmes on vocals, Mackintosh on lead guitar, Aaron Aedy on rhythm guitar and Stephen Edmondson on bass, have been together for more than three decades, since the four first met at the school.

Tickets for Paradise Lost are available from Raven Metal.

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