Chameleons rule. Small lizards prone to sneak about trees, to look at you weirdly and change color whenever it suits them. The terror of insects of any kind – one hit of their sticky tongue and their victims are history. Well that’s the animal kingdom. But you find them not only there, but also with our brethren in Rock and Metal. Perhaps not as deadly, but for sure very capable to shed skins and change color at a moment’s notice.
Paradise Lost is one of them for sure with their newest concoction Medusa. Jumping styles like the chameleon does colors. We saw them wallow down Gothic Metal lane – as in Draconian Times (1995) or experimenting with electro-pop, synthie madness on Host (1999) and Believe in Nothing (2001). One would think Depeche Mode just whelped a twin on those two – with a taste of A-ha. Loki help me.
Then Paradise Lost slowly returned to its Doom Metal roots over a number of records. The most remarkable 2007 piece In Requiem stands tall as the shining beacon of records leading up to The Plague Within. Yet still I could not get quite warm with their last record, despite stellar tracks like Beneath Broken Earth. [...]