Paradise Lost @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)

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PARADISE LOST / LUCIFER

Date: 15th October, 2015
Venue: Debaser Strand
Ticket: 250SEK (€26/$28)
Promoter: Live Nation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I normally always come very early to a show, especially when I'm supposed to write about it and, this time, I don't think I was that late, less than 30 minutes after the doors had opened, but as I entered the venue LUCIFER were already on stage, luckily just on their first song.

I can't but draw references to JEX THOTH while seeing LUCIFER. Johanna Sadonis just as Jex is very charismatic, with a touch of bohemia, hippie style in her performance. They're also very strong vocalists both of them. And, of course, the music is dark and Gloomy Doom. I wouldn't say they're all that similar when it comes to the musical style though so apart from the likeness in performance, not much more is similar. I just briefly checked LUCIFER out prior to the concert and I can't say it appealed to me all that much. That's why it was a pleasant surprise seeing LUCIFER live; it all made much better sense seeing the band with the music. The atmosphere portrayed onstage fitted perfectly and with this their music really grew on me as well. I love it when this happens, when I'm proven wrong by the real deal, I mean a band on stage playing live. When a live performance tops what is delivered on record, I'm truly impressed and the band deserves all kudos they can get.

“White Mountain” with its groove stood out from the rest, as did the set closer, “Izrael”. I really enjoyed the beat and melody in that song. Digging into LUCIFER's music afterwards, I realized I should have enjoyed the BLACK SABBATH groovy “Anubis” as well. The riff is rather whacky and I think it's cool with songs that stand out. Perhaps I missed more than I realized? Or maybe I was just too stressed getting in when realizing LUCIFER was already on stage to register it at all. Who knows? Good thing is that this is a new band on the move, so I should have more chances to see them in action.

LUCIFER setlist:

01. “Anubis”
02. “Abracadabra”
03. “Sabbath”
04. “Purple Pyramid”
05. “White Mountain”
06. “Morning Star”
07. “Izrael”

LUCIFER

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Lucifer @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Lucifer @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Lucifer @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Lucifer @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Lucifer @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Lucifer @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Lucifer @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Lucifer @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Last time I saw PARADISE LOST they really blew me away. Of course, they still had the pre-recorded stuff to back up their music but for the last tour they seemed to be enjoying themselves very much again. It was a good atmosphere, as it was back in the first half of the 90's when they had their peak as a live act if you ask me. Could they do the same again this time?

Since they've released totally amazing albums for the last decade, it shouldn't be impossible to repeat the success this time. One thing speaking against it though has nothing to do with the band. Debaser Strand is a good venue when it's not packed. Sold out as it almost was this night, it becomes a jar of sardines and it is impossible to move, let alone go to the bar or get to the bathroom. And since the stage is rather low, ending up in the back, it will be impossible to see anything. So, the low points really didn't have anything to do with the band, even if it will impact the overall impression of the show.

But hell yes, PARADISE LOST delivered as always; it’s fun to see how bass player Stephen Edmondson and rhythm guitarist Aaron Aedy works on their side of the stage. They do a really good job filling it all out since Nick isn't doing very much to show off really. He sings and on a few occasions talks to the crowd or introduces the next track.

I always appreciate when bands play a lot of new songs, and since I really like the last couple of releases from PARADISE LOST, I surely pushes that here as well. And seven out of sixteen songs in total were from the magnificent “The Plague Within”. I sure don't have an issue with that but jading by the reaction of the crowd when songs as “Widow” from “Icon” or even older “Painless” was played it's clear that PARADISE LOST should restructure a bit in their set. Perhaps play a few more songs to squeeze in a few more really old ones. It was those two together with “Enchantment” from “Draconian Times” and “As I Die” that represented the PARADISE LOST that got me hooked. And I can't help it, I really like the raw atmosphere in these tracks. Ok, for “Draconian Times” the back tracks showed up, but the earlier. “As I Die” was the highlight of the show, not only because it's an old school hit, but because of the attitude and the reaction from the crowd. One more of the real highlights was the title track of 2009's “Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us”. I think this one is fantastic and one of the songs that work really well with pre-recorded stuff. But I have to admit I think it's a bit disturbing since the performance tends to be a bit stiff.

Still, PARADISE LOST delivered a very good set and their performance was impeccable, but no, it didn't beat the last tour, not sure it was the bands performance that pushed this one down though, might just as well have been the situation in the way too packed place.

PARADISE LOST setlist:

01. “No Hope In Sight”
02. “Widow”
03. “Painless”
04. “Terminal”
05. “Erased”
06. “Praise Lamented Shade”
07. “Victim Of The Past”
08. “Enchantment”
09. “Flesh From Bone”
10. “Beneath Broken Earth”
11. “As I Die”
12. “Requiem”
13. “Return To The Sun”
14. “Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us”
15. “An Eternity Of Lies”
16. “Say Just Words”

PARADISE LOST

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Paradise Lost @ Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Paradise Lost @ Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Paradise Lost @ Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Paradise Lost @ Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Paradise Lost @ Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Paradise Lost @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Paradise Lost @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Paradise Lost @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Paradise Lost @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Paradise Lost @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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