Most people will know Medusa as the Gorgon from Greek mythology; she is the infamous beast with venomous snakes for hair who will turn anyone that dares to look into her eyes to stone.
It is this hideous creature who PARADISE LOST have chosen to be the figureheard for their 15th studio album, as, from a philosophical perspective, she is more than simply a monster.
Singer Nick Holmes started his research, intrigued to find greater meaning behind the symbol of Medusa and became particularly fascinated by the Gorgon's nihilistic connotations.
"Attempts to avoid looking into her eyes represent avoiding the ostensibly depressing reality that the universe is meaningless", is an idea that was adopted by American novelist Jack London, and a thought that could have easily emerged from PARADISE LOST's lyrics over the past 3 decades.
Medusa will be PARADISE LOST's heaviest full-length release of the past 15 years, melding crushing doom metal with Nick's harsh death growls and raw organic sounds, heralding a new era of pure Northern misery.
Recorded at Orgone Studios, in the misty countryside of Woburn, with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (GHOST, ULVER, CATHEDRAL), a truly brutal beast of an album has been born. It not only expands PARADISE LOST's musical boundaries, but also unveils the band's darkest thoughts.
The meaninglessness of our own existence is expressed through bitter yet laconic lyrics, typified by their eighth-minute opening track 'Fearless Sky':"I've always liked the expression 'the richest man in the graveyard', as it sums up so much about life, our purpose for existence, and what all material possessions actually mean once we have gone" states singer Nick Holmes.
Cat No: 6141190
Packaging: CD Regular
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