Paradise Lost are known for having long history of releasing records, which have been constantly successful over the years. However, many people would still indentify their fifth record, the Draconian Times as favourite. So after 15 years of hopes to once see the whole record performed at once, it finnaly happened in a span of 7 gigs around Greece and western europe. Their last appearance on this tour was in UK's HMV Forum.
When I arrived in front of the venue, there was already queue although it was only 3 PM, which really amazed me. There was some kind of VIP experience for the people, who have bought VIP tickets at 4.30 PM, which included meet&greet with the band, attending at sound check and some free gifts, but after those people went outside still a group stood there in lines, some of them said they were there since 1 PM. After the nice afternoon in front of the venue, doors have finnaly opened and we were ready for the support group Ghost to show up.
Ghost are quite visual group if you know what I mean. They give lots of emphasis on their image, as the lead singer was dressed in some kind of satanic pope, and the others were dressed in kind of hoodies that reminded me on the inquisitors. Their music however, wasn't my cup of tea. I can hardly even describe what their music was like. They had this very muffled guitar sound, which is something I usually don't like, and playing some doom riffs, with quite fast phase, at moments it reminded me a bit of The Devil's Blood or Mercyful Fate. The bright part was the lead guitar, which included some fine solos with also great sound. Anyway, they were satisfying for the crowd, as they got some good feedback.
Everyone was waiting for Paradise Lost to show up anyway. And as they finally did it, the crowd went mad. They Immediately began with the great Enchantment, and continued with the rest of the album after. For the first time, there even was an extra guy playing the synthesizers, so the whole thing was completely live, except for the Charles Manson part. I forgot the dude's name, but it was a member of standard technician group for PL. Nick was again in his usual stage mood, not very energic and all. He had some contanct with the crowd that was similar to those on The Anatomy of Melancholy concert, speaking of which, I have to say that there was again a live recording of the gig, so there will be a DVD released for this tour aswell.
After played Draconian Times, whey went off the stage, which was perfect for my taste, as it looked like independent concert. After they came back for »encore« they played some sugar stuff, some of their most popular tunes. The second encore included »Sweetnes« which was totally sweet, because I've never heard it live either, kind of surprising »The Rise of Denial« and the all-time anthem »As I Die«, which was also the last song of this amazing performance.
All in all, I have to say I've finally lived what I dreamed of, and that I'm very pleased that I was able to be a part of that gig. I also have to say, that the company was great. Seeing so many loyal fans at one place at this special gig was really something. Another thing making me very happy, the whole thing will be released out, as a DVD, and I could remember it in a quite special way as well, saying – »I was on that gig!«.