Joensuu Finland 15th–17th Jul 2016

Paradise Lost rides again

Paradise Lost rose on the stage and gave a smashing performance for a big audience.

Paradise Lost. Photo: Sampsa Geijer

Paradise Lost. Photo: Sampsa Geijer

Gig in Tähti Tent

Paradise Lost rose on the stage and gave a smashing performance for a big audience. The British doom metal pioneer played several old hits and also material from the new album, ”The Plague Within”. They have lots of popular songs from their almost 30-year career. As I Die made the audience react strongly, but The Last Time totally nailed it.

The voice of Nick Holmes was good as ever and the guitarist/keyboard player Greg Mcintosh showed his amazing skill with his instruments. Also the other musicians gave an admirable performance, and the sounds of the tent were good. The musicians themselves were in an excellent shape and the performance was very physical, which in turn made the audience participate in the show, and everybody was raising their fist and clapping. The show was a great success and definitely satisfied the audience.

Interview with drummer Waltteri Väyrynen

The gig went very well according to Waltteri and he liked the fact that audience started to respond to the performance after a slow start, despite the fact that the gig was on the last day of the festival and thus people were a bit tired. The last album of the band, ”The Plague Within”, has been very well received by the fans and had received only positive feedback.

Waltteri joined the band in 2015, after the original drummer was busy with his other projects. He was drumming for the side project of Greg Mcintosh as a session drummer, when he was asked to do a few gigs with Paradise Lost. And he is now officially a member of the band.

The band has produced lots of different kinds of music, ranging from doom/death metal to goth rock and synth pop. The newest album has returned to the original genre of the band. Waltteri thinks that this is a good thing, because it shows that Paradise Lost is willing to try different things but is not afraid to go back to old ways. Now the band has risen to the same level of popularity it had in the 90’s.

In the Fall the band goes on a tour in South America, and they have some more festival gigs coming this summer. After this they will go and record a new studio album. Waltteri wanted to thank everybody who came to the show and he was awed to be playing on this festival because earlier he has been here as a client.

Watch also our interview with Paradise Lost!

Text: Markus Jalkanen
Photo: Sampsa Geijer

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