Whether they are Doom Metal, Goth Metal or Heavy Metal we might never know, but what we do know is that Paradise Lost are a hard working band, with a fine back catalogue and a very loyal fanbase, albeit slightly less hair than when they started out.
Hailing from Halifax in Yorkshire, this was almost a local gig for them and band seemed to be enjoying themselves on the main stage, named after late legendary rocker Ronnie James Dio with a setlist spanning their discography with front-man Nick Holmes regularly jesting with the audience in between songs and keeping spirits as bright as the sunshine.
Opening with ‘The Enemy’ from 2007’s “In Requiem” album, they waste no time in plugging latest opus, “Tragic Idol” and roll out the track ‘Honesty in Death’. It is a testament to the band that the new tracks aired here at Bloodstock fit in so easily with the older material, that you would never know breakthrough album “Draconian Times” is 17 years old, although it is a shame they only play ‘Forever Failure’ from the album and so early in the set.
Playing as tight as you would expect a band with that sort of experience to play, Paradise Lost are a real pleasure to watch and more hands are clapping with each song. All too soon though, the band sign off with their 1997 hit ‘Say Just Words’ and bid us farewell, leaving many with a good impression and the desire to have them back soon.
I’ll see you down the front.
Photos taken by Sabrina Ramdoyal