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PARADISE LOST ‘SHADES OF GOD’

AFTER THE SUCCESS OF THEIR FIRST TWO ALBUMS, ‘SHADES OF GOD’ WAS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA FOR PARADISE LOST. FRONTMAN NICK HOLMES AND GUITARIST GREGOR MACKINTOSH RECALL ITS CREATION

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Overseeing the Yorkshire act’s first foray outside of death metal by incorporating doom into their sonic pallet, Nick Holmes and Gregor Mackintosh reminisce on becoming a full-time band and, erm, setting traps for their bandmates (more on that later). They rose to prominence with their mournful ‘Lost Paradise’ debut and classic sophomore effort ‘Gothic’ but it was third album ‘Shades Of God’ which saw the first of several bold stylistic shifts the Halifax quintet would make throughout their storied career. Incorporating doom influences from Trouble and of course Black Sabbath, it’s also the first time vocalist Nick Holmes has made the transition towards a cleaner singing style.

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I know I am not alone when I say I’m a sucker for being nostalgic. The thing about loving music is that because it plays such a massive part in my life, when I listen to things, it invokes so many memories. I always find myself taking myself back to when I first heard said record, who I was with, what I was doing and so on. Right now as I write this, I’m listening to Prong’s ‘Force Fed’ album, recounting all the shows I saw Tommy and co in at the now defunct Birmingham Edwards No.8 club during my teens. Those shows were immense, even if the number of punters wasn’t! I’ve seen them in more recent years and still enjoy their musical output, but those early days to me, personally, were special. What has this got to do with anything, I hear you say? Well really, it’s the same reason as why I wanted to put Mastodon on the cover of this month’s issue ahead of their headline performance at Bloodstock. You see, Mastodon are one of those seriously special bands, who have not only etched themselves in my own nostalgia bank (hey, anyone who witnessed their debut capital gig at London’s Underworld supporting High On Fire will always remember that show) but more importantly, into the wider scheme of metal’s rich history. Never once have they repeated themselves musically and consequently they have successfully created a stunning discography that continues to remain vital as the years go by. Mastodon were a game changer and their Bloodstock show allows us a chance to remind ourselves just why we love them so much. In their own words, our cover feature allows the quartet look back at their career to date and look forward to the future too. Crack open a bottle, stick any of their albums on the stereo, flip to the interview and enjoy some nostalgia yourselves! Darren Sadler, Editor
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