Alex Haber of Heavy New York carried out an interview with guitarist Aaron Aedy of British gothic doom pioneers PARADISE LOST previous to the band’s October three live performance at Gramercy Theatre in New York City. You can watch your entire chat beneath. Just a few excerpts comply with (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the file cycle for 2017’s “Medusa”:
Aaron: “It’s been actually good. We did fairly an in depth European tour behind it and some type of fly-in reveals. [The] competition season as nicely has been nice. It’s been actually well-received on the again of ‘The Plague Within’, the album earlier than, which additionally did fairly nicely. We really feel fairly fortunate after 15 albums to nonetheless be plodding round doing it.”
On whether or not “Medusa” was meant to be the logical follow-up to “The Plague Within”:
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Aaron: “We by no means actually plan something, even when the file’s been written midway by, there isn’t any actual large plan for something. It’s very a lot written in regards to the time. What we discovered typically through the years, a few of our album cycles are available two album pairings. But in equity, normally once we do one thing like ‘The Plague Within’ is how heavy that feels like, particularly ‘Beneath Broken Earth’, which is without doubt one of the most depressing doom songs we have ever written. I like taking part in it dwell — it is nice. That music particularly, I believe that led us into how the subsequent file was going to be sounding, much more type of slower-paced, extra depressing, if we are able to get extra depressing. Yeah, they appear to all the time are available pairs like ‘Icon’ and ‘Draconian Times’ and ‘One Second’ and ‘Host’. They all the time appear to return in pairs. It’s not a specific plan. We like how the albums sound dwell and that appears to be the wave that pushes on for the subsequent one.”
On whether or not PARADISE LOST has a formulation and template they work off of, or, every file is its personal expertise:
Aaron: “They’re all very a lot their very own expertise, however I believe after 30 years, PARADISE LOST is PARADISE LOST, if you understand what I imply. I believe we have finished fairly a little bit of experimenting previously, and I believe generally what you do is throw your self a curveball creatively. You can nearly re-center your self to what the core of what you’re, I believe. I believe lately we have been working again towards the place we see ourselves properly balanced, I believe. I imply, ‘The Plague Within’, the album earlier than, it had a wide range of tones, sound and pace and tempo and just a little little bit of all of our historical past scattered by it. I believe between that and ‘Medusa’, PARADISE LOST is PARADISE LOST. We’ve by no means tried to sound like anybody else anyway, however we’re very a lot comfy in our footwear is the best way you can put it. Then once more, you by no means know; generally we get itchy toes. The music’s obtained to be contemporary and thrilling to play. If you are going to be touring it for 2 years, you’ll be able to’t be taking part in one thing you are tired of shortly. We’ve all the time written albums for our personal pleasure, which is sort of fortunate that different individuals have appeared to have preferred it. It’s fairly humbling, that type of state of affairs. It’s been fairly cool.”
On what his definition of “doom steel” is:
Aaron: “You know what? It’s depressing music, I believe. We come from the north [of England]. I am positive it is very a lot the identical. We come from an space the place there’s plenty of rain and it appears to be good for making goth music and doom music. Doom is sort of a broad time period, as you simply mentioned with all of the number of bands you’ll be able to have beneath that umbrella. But we have been referred to as all type of stuff through the years: ‘gothic steel’, ‘gothic doom,’ ‘gothic doom classicists,’ however my favourite ever was from Malcolm Dome who used be with Kerrang! within the ’80s and ’90s and he as soon as referred to as us ‘gondoliers of gloom’. That’s fucking nice. I bear in mind studying it within the journal within the information agent and I used to be, like, ‘Man, that’s sensible.’ It’s nonetheless my favourite. I do not know; I believe pigeonholes are much less related lately as a result of there are such a lot of bands who’re pushing the boundaries of every pigeonhole. It’s fairly troublesome to tie them down.”
PARADISE LOST‘s North American headlining tour with Iceland’s psychedelic post-metal export SÓLSTAFIR, in addition to THE THE ATLAS MOTH, kicked off October 2 in Baltimore, Maryland and wraps October 21 in San Francisco, California.
“Medusa” was launched in September 2017 through Nuclear Blast.