Paradise Lost from West Yorkshire, UK, formed in 1988 when vocalist Nick Holmes & guitarist Gregor Mackintosh came together with the idea of taking metal beyond the conventional styles of the time. They were influenced by acts such as Candlemass, Celtic Frost & Morbid Angel, and concocted a unique atmosphere of their own as a result. This was already apparent when their debut album 'Lost Paradise' appeared on Peaceville Records in 1990, and blended death metal with doom and some melodic elements, but it wasn't until their follow-up album that the metal world witnessed the birth of a new style of music.
'Gothic' was THE album responsible for a whole sub genre of metal, GOTHIC DOOM METAL, upon its release in 1991. Creating a more melancholy & atmospheric form of doom metal, with the introduction of the distinctive & unmistakable Paradise Lost lead guitar melodies, the band was quickly propelled to the forefront of pioneering extreme metal bands of the early nineties.
The 'Gothic' album was recorded in late 1990/early 1991 at the renowned Academy Studios in Yorkshire; a studio responsible for classic recordings from bands such as My Dying Bride, Anathema, Cradle of Filth, Bal Sagoth, among many others.
Along with the album, this special edition contains a very rare video performance from a 1991 Paradise Lost show (that evening supported by My Dying Bride & Pitch Shifter) & features classic tracks from their first 2 albums.
This release also coincides with the 20 year celebration of the band, in which Paradise Lost teamed up for a handful of very special shows in September with the other leaders of the early nineties doom metal revolution, namely My Dying Bride & Anathema.