Ben of the Moshpit Backstage podcast recently conducted an interview with lead guitarist Greg Mackintosh of British doom metal pioneers PARADISE LOST. You can listen to the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether the band’s forthcoming “Medusa” album is their heaviest in years:
Greg: “I would probably say it’s our heaviest album to date, really, partly because of the way the songs are written. Also, partly, because of the production. The production is very kind a bit of a throwback production in a way, and also very organic. It’s basically the mics recording everything, no editing, no nothing. It’s very much a doom metal album. We had a very clear idea of what we’re doing before we even started writing this album, which we don’t normally have. Normally, we start writing and see what happens. But with this record, we had a very clear idea that we wanted to do a doom metal album. And, it just worked that way. The first song on the album is eight and a half minutes long and our label [Nuclear Blast], when we told them we wanted to put it first, they were a little apprehensive because it throws people into the deep end. It’s not as immediate as maybe as some of the previous albums, but I think it’s a grower. That’s the whole point to me. But yeah, it’s very heavy, very doom metal. It can be quite eclectic in parts and there’s a range of vocal styles and a range of different musical styles on there.”
On whether having a pre-determined direction affected the band’s writing process:
Greg: “Yeah, a little bit. In my head, I had a brief. I had something that I really wanted to achieve with it, so that does affect the writing style a little bit. But we completely changed our songwriting, we started to do it on the last record [2015’s ‘The Plague Within’], it was a successful way of songwriting so we applied it to this record in its entirety. The idea came to me from David Bowie. I don’t know if…