2003 - Doom/Death (old), Gothic Rock/Metal (new) from United Kingdom
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, becoming one of the UK's most essential metal exports around the globe in the process. Lost Paradise was the band's debut album, released in 1990 & one of the early highlights in the formative years of Peaceville. Featuring more death metal influences, Paradise Lost created a dark & atmospheric style of brutal death metal, as opposed to one based on speed. The album was recorded at Academy Studios (My Dying Bride, Anathema, Cradle of Filth) in Yorkshire, England.