British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST have teamed up with Decibel magazine to give fans a gold-on-black flexi disc for the exclusive B-side “The Last Fallen Saviour”. This track will only be available in Decibel‘s June issue (out in May), and it comes from the recording sessions of “Tragic Idol”, the band’s forthcoming studio album which is set to be released through Century Media Records on April 23 in Europe and April 24 in North America. (Note: Decibel issues on newsstands, etc. will not have the flexi; this is an exclusive for subscribers only).
“Tragic Idol” was recorded in part at The Chapel studios in Lincolnshire, England and features cover art by by Parisian designer Valnoir, who has previously worked with MORBID ANGEL, LAIBACH, ULVER and WATAIN, among others.
A track from “Tragic Idol” entitled “Crucify” can be streamed below. Holmes stated about the song, “My father always used to say that typical life stresses were crucifying him. I always thought it was such a dramatic way of stating that. He was just uncomfortable with a situation that would soon be remedied. I also refer to an actual person as a literal crucifixion at the end. The words ‘for eternity you’re my sentence’ is my favorite line on the whole album.”
PARADISE LOST‘s new video, “Honesty In Death”, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in the United Kingdom with director Matt Green, who previously helmed the “Cathedrals Of Dread” video for Mackintosh‘s death metal side project VALLENFYRE.
Commented Mackintosh: “We are very excited about the premiere of our ‘Honesty In Death’ video. In my opinion, it is the best video we have ever done. Matt Green, who I had previously worked with on the VALLENFYRE ‘Cathedrals Of Dread’ video, directed it. He did such a great job with VALLENFYRE that we knew he would be able to do something really special for PARADISE LOST. The result is a very powerful, but very grim short film with brief cameos by the band, that is sure to resonate with people who see it.”
“Honesty In Death” video:
“Crucify” audio stream: