The roots of Gothic metal can be traced all the way back to the first Black Sabbath album, but it truly materialized in the early nineties thanks to the work of pioneers such as Paradise Lost. The genre gets its name from their second album Gothic; they are to Gothic metal what ‘Death’ is to Death metal.One of the few bands that have more or less maintained their original line up since the beginning, Paradise Losthave been consistently releasing albums and now they’ve presented to the world their 14th studio album ‘The Plague Within’.
But the slower songs are what I feel is the literal arrow to the knee of this album. They really take you out of the mood that the album begins with and it gets really hard to get back to listening to the rest of the album. When you start listening to the album you really get into the songs and you are shaking your head feeling like going out for a drive while listening to the music and then you the hit the brick wall of ‘Beneath Broken Earth’ and its better sounding cousin ‘Sacrifice The Flame’ which slow you down to such a degree that you just want to get off the ride this album had you on. I could excuse the songs if they were good to listen to but I felt they were quite boring; I have heard these riffs multiple times in different ways, there is nothing new here that grabs my attention.