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GenreHeavy Metal
Media formatCD
Media PackagingDigipak
Available since 07.10.2016
Product code340504

This digi version of 'Paradise Lost' has been mastered by means of the original tapes by Bart Gabriel. It includes five bonus tracks (alternate mixes of album songs). Available on CD, or vinyl, with till now unreleased photos and comments by the musicians to every song.

Available for the first time on vinyl! This edition (wood-brown/black marbled) comes from the vinyl master Patrick W. Engel from the Temple Of Disharmony Studio and off the original (!) tapes. The disc is released with a thick 400g spin sleeve, 12-page LP booklet and A1 poster. Limited to 300 pieces.

The gossip is true: 'Metal Blade' have found the holy grail of heavy metal, an album that has officially not been available for many years and by one of the best bands of all times - 'Paradise Lost' by the mighty 'CIRITH UNGOL'! Metal Blade finally got the rights for the 1991 master piece, released by Restless Records. For fans of bands like 'Cloven Hoof', 'Manilla Road' and co.!

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Not a masterpiece, but its good

"Paradise Lost" is easily the most accessible title in the Cirith Ungol catalog. With heavy metal swelling to its highest popularity, Cirith Ungol released a CD that was far more standard and clichéd than any of their previous releases. Tim Baker's banshee vocals are brought down a notch, making him sound like a more serious Vince Neil. And the songs are written in a much more standard vein. Whereas earlier Cirith Ungol was unique in its loose songwriting style, the songs on "Paradise Lost" are even and - dare we say it? - smooth. Tracks such as "Go It Alone" almost sound like the popular anthems we were all hearing on the radio back in the late 80s and early 90s.

Still, perhaps not surprisingly, "Paradise Lost" is still better than the vast majority of the band's competitors at the time.

Although they sacrificed much of their originality with "Paradise Lost," Cirith Ungol also showed an impressive ability to adapt. Without selling out their sound, the band created a CD that would appeal to fans of what was hot at the moment, but also draw them into the unique Cirith Ungol world. In other words, those unfamiliar with Cirith Ungol might do better to start here before moving onto the band's more singular style on CDs like "King of the Dead," "One Foot in Hell" and "Frost And Fire."

Cirith Ungol continue to be cited as a band from which others drew inspiration and influence and their impressive, although far too minimal, catalog is proof of their place in heavy metal.

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