Icon (2LP) (Vinyl LP)
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Paradise Lost formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 & are known for being the founders of the Gothic Death/Doom Metal genre; a style fully brought into existence with their genre-defining second album, the highly influential ‘Gothic'. Having released 2 albums, including ‘Gothic', for the UK's Peaceville Records & later helping to establish Peaceville as home to the finest trio of UK doom bands (alongside My Dying Bride & Anathema), Paradise Lost then signed with fellow UK label, Music For Nations which eventually led to the band breaking through to mainstream rock & metal audiences as their style evolved. ‘Icon' was Paradise Lost's fourth album, & considered a breakthrough release for the band in 1993. ‘Icon' greatly helped to establish them among the UK's best metal acts, & gained the band a large international following in the process. This was assisted by classic tracks such as ‘Embers Fire' & ‘True Belief'. Each track a showcase of highly atmospheric gothic doom/rock, with a developed, more clean vocal approach by Nick Holmes helping the band to more mainstream appeal which is exactly what happened, & continued with the band's follow-up album ‘Draconian Times'. All in all, ‘Icon' was a colossal success & is regarded as one of the top doom metal albums. ‘Icon' was recorded at Recorded at Jacobs Studios, Surrey & produced by Simon Efemey. This edition of ‘Icon' comes on double heavyweight black vinyl, with gatefold sleeve & is numbered to 2000 copies.