PARADISE LOST begin recording new album, Tragic Idol

After taking a trip back in time with the Draconian Times MMXI DVD/live album (the London legacy show of their classic album from 1995) and also Gregor Mackintosh’s return to his crusty doom/death metal roots with VALLENFYRE (alongside his mates from MY DYING BRIDE, DOOM, and AT THE GATES), it’s now time for PARADISE LOST’s 13th studio album! Gregor Mackintosh (lead guitar) comments, “We are currently holed up in The Chapel studios in Lincolnshire, England recording our new album which is entitled ‘Tragic Idol’. The album will again be produced by Jens Bogren and is influenced by classic doom metal and classic metal. I would say it is more melodic than the last record whilst retaining the heaviness. There are lots of guitar solos and melodies. The album will contain such track titles as ‘Honesty in Death’, ‘Theories from Another World’, ‘In this We Dwell’ and the title track ‘Tragic Idol’.”

Tragic Idol is scheduled for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on April 23rd, 2012 in Europe and April 24th, 2012 in North America. PARADISE LOST’s last studio album,Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us (2009), entered the charts in over 10 European countries– most notably #22 in Germany and Finland, #29 in Sweden, and #45 in France.

Tour dates will be announced soon, but a few summer festivals have already been confirmed:

3/16/12 — Hammerfest IV — Prestatyn, UK
6/22/12 — Graspop Metal Meeting — Dessel, Belgium
8/2/12 — Wacken Open Air — Wacken, Germany
8/4/12 — Metal Camp — Tolmin, Slovenia
8/10/12 — Brutal Assault — Josefov, Czech Republic
8/12/12 — Bloodstock Open Air — Catton Hall, UK

In the meantime, you can still enjoy the band’s new Draconian Times MMXI double DVD at home (available exclusively in North America at CM Distro ) until PARADISE LOST’s upcoming milestone of melancholic heaviness is released this spring. More details about Tragic Idol will be announced soon, so stay tuned!