Par­adise Lost Me­dusa

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There’s no get­ting around it, the Hal­i­fax sons of north­ern dark­ness are em­brac­ing doom here. It suits them, and though they trade some of the vari­a­tion some fans may well miss from the un­der­rated likes of Sym­bolOf

Life and their 2005 self-ti­tled al­bum, it’s to­wards a pow­er­ful end. Gre­gor Mack­in­tosh’s sig­na­ture wail­ing melodic leads soar out of the filthy cur­rent of the rhythms here, with tempo shifts and Nick Holmes’s use of clean vo­cal parts amongst his im­pres­sively vi­cious delivery adding even more dra­matic weight to the dy­namic. If it’s light on stand­out an­thems,

Me­dusa is heavy on slow-burn­ing at­mos­phere and cack­les in the face of any­one who thinks metal bands mel­low with age. David Hands Down­load Blood & Chaos

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