One thing is clear: The 14th studio album The Plague Within of the long-standing band Paradise Lost has its moments. Total, stellar Doom Metal moments like Beneath Broken Earth for instance. Offering a meatier Black Sabbath style tune that is actually pretty good with a (very limited) solo to boot. And there are other moments, like Cry Out, which give you hope that this is actually getting somewhere. Only to find out that this track is actually at the end, instead of somewhere else. Even if this piece of work feels like some ’80s Hard Rock or early Heavy Metal production gone Death Metal of sorts. Good grief!
But most of this stuff is flowing, flowing slowly, not too harshly – not too juicy. And with no apparent surprises. I am really missing the underlying anger and despair, guys! The aggressive drive that we should all feel and tremble like mortals before Dracula descends from his castle to deprive us of our blood. [...]