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November 18, 2009   
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British goth metal pioneers Paradise Lost will be playing at the Stodoła club Dec. 1.

Paradise Lost, who have been around since 1988, took their name from the 17th-century epic poem by John Milton (1608-1674). Their debut album, Lost Paradise, which came out in 1990, was pretty standard death/doom metal fare. The same, however, could not be said of their second album, Gothic, which hit the record stores a year later. Gothic marked a stylistic departure from Lost Paradise. The songs were more melodic and the lineup was bolstered by female vocalist Sarah Marrion and a symphony orchestra. Juxtaposing melody and heavy metal and having a male and a female vocalist out front were to become the distinguishing features of a new subgenre later known as gothic (or goth) metal.

Paradise Lost's greatest commercial success to date has been their fifth album Draconian Times (1995), which made the Top 20 on the British chart. Paradise Lost are even more popular outside their native Britain, especially in Greece, Germany and Poland.

Their next album, One Second (1997), gave hard-core fans a jolt. The familiar Paradise Lost sound had become understated and was veering towards Depeche Mode-style electronica. This radical departure might have won the band a whole new following but it also sparked a stampede of die-hard heavy metal heads.

After the next two albums, generally categorized as electro-rock, Symbol of Life (2002) served notice that Paradise Lost were planning to return to their metal roots and In Requiem (2007) marked the homecoming to their original sound.

The current concert tour promotes the band's 12th album, Faith Divides Us- Death Unites Us, which came out in September.

MB

Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
Stodoła Club, 10 Batorego St., Warsaw
Standing room only
Tickets: zl.89 (advance bookings); zl.99 (day of concert)
Klub Stodoła Booking Office open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat.
Tickets also available online at www.eventim.pl, www.shortcut.pl, www.ticketonline.pl and www.ticketpro.pl
For more information, go to www.stodola.pl
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