SYMBOL OF LIFE
ALBUM GUN/BMG RELEASE: OCTOBER
28, 2002 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 11, 2002
read raving reviews of this album, I was disappointed as hell the first
time I listened to it myself. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those
guys that say: "Paradise Lost haven't done anything worth the money
since 'Draconian Time'". No, I love all the old stuff, but still
hold "Host" as one of their better albums. It was "Believe
in Nothing" that led me to believe that these old geezers didn't
have it in them anymore. Thus my joy knew no boundaries when other reviewers
said that "Symbol of Life" was a return to the old, better and
Well, it isn't. Neither is it as bad as I first thought. During the fourth
listen, something happened in me, despite the fact that Nick Holmes atonal
singing still makes me cringe from time to time. The songs grew, the weeping
guitars of old at last blended in with the electronic rhythms of today.
I realised what I was hearing was what Paradise Lost should have been
doing after "One Second" - but before "Host" - casting
all pretensions aside, letting the whole world see their love for Sisters
of Mercy in all it's glory.
Not all songs are perfect, but listen to "No Celebration", and
you too will realise that Paradise Lost is the only band in Europe right
now who knows how depressing gothic rock of the early nineties should
sound like in the dawn of the new millennium. "Symbol of Life"
is indeed a true sign of life from these veterans.