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Shades of God
Paradise Lost
Shades of God
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Metal
The British doom metal band's 1992 album features nine tracks. Music For Nations.


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All Artists: Paradise Lost
Title: Shades of God
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
Release Date: 9/30/2006
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Death Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 828768291429


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The British doom metal band's 1992 album features nine tracks. Music For Nations.

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Paradise NOT lost!
William A. Hooff Jr. | Alexandria, VA United States | 06/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't understand why I'm reading all of these bad reviews of "shades of god". I had bought this album when it came out, then someone decided they had to have it so they stole mine! So here it is exactly 10 years later, I've bought it again and I must say this album is HEAVY! "NO FORGIVENESS" is a classic ballad of despair that will go down in history. Who would dare disagree with "As I die"?, a haunting, doom filled masterpiece! If you don't own this--buy it today! I know when I first heard this album that I had to have it--it gave me "chills", that's how you know it's a good album. Put this in the CD player and crank up the first track "Mortals watch the day", and know you have done the right thing."
The most overrated Paradise Lost album...but still good.
Roger FitzAlan | Ithaca, NY | 05/18/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Many Paradise Lost fans look back to this album as the "good old days"-- and good they were, but not great. Unfortunately, many of these same fans who don't like what the band has done with their sound more recently tend to inflate this album in their memories into some legendary piece of artwork, which it is not. It's a good album, the work of a band still progressing and doing some brilliantly unique things along the way, especially with guitars.
The guitars carry this album, although much of the music is excellent. Songwriter and lead guitar player Greg Mackintosh has one sorrow-filled and beautiful riff after another on display here. He and rhythm guitarist Aaron Aedy work very well together and are a joy to listen to. Their efforts on this album have spawned many imitators, and that is a credit to Mackintosh and co-writer/vocalist Nick Holmes. Holmes brings a despairing growl to the music-- distinctive, but not over the top or a distraction from the musical work. But it is the splendid doom-laden guitars that resound throughout and give "Shades of God" its legacy. "Pity the Sadness", "When Mortals Watch the Day", and "Your Hand In Mine" are monuments in guitar driven dark music.
As good as the guitars are, however, they can't cover up several faults with the album. The foremost of these is that it gets overbearing. Nearly every song is a seven minute slab of melodic, distorted drear. It is beautiful, but in the way a walk in heavy rain is beautiful-- for awhile it is a wonderful and refreshing experience, even in its inherently gloomy character, but two or three miles down the road you're left soaked to the bone and needing a different setting. After five or so tracks, the album drags even in the best of circumstances. It doesn't help that the drumming is terrible-- a sort of half-hearted, amateurish effort by Matt Archer.
"As I Die" is one of their most popular songs to date, and stands out as an up-tempo and shorter variation on what is mostly a trudging sound for the whole album. It's a great song, and when compared with the rest of the album proves that even in the depression and gloom of goth metal, lengthier is not always better."
Georgi Gospodinov | MA - U.S. | 09/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is DEFINITELY the best Paradise Lost album and in fact the best one from the doom metal style in the early 90s.
Great lyrics, great music."