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This release by the Gothic Doom Metal veterans is a promo CD that comes from the German Legacy Magazine #109. The album includes "The Longest Winter" from their newest album Medusa, bonus track "Symbolic Virtue" and a remix of "Sell it to the World", from the "Believe In Nothing" album.
"The Longest Winter" is a decent song, very miserable and Doomy. There's a lot of Type O Negative influence in the guitars (the leads almost sound like synths) and in the overall mood of the song. Despite what the band teased during the album's writing process, almost all of the vocals in the song are clean, except for some growls in the chorus (the ones that can be heard in the teaser). Nick Holmes' vocals seem to be in their prime and the growls sound even better than on "The Plague Within". Nothing exceptional though: the structure of the song is pretty simple and there's no solo or sudden changes. What really shines through the track are the vocals, providing a very catchy melody, and newcomer Waltteri Väyrynen's tight drumming.
Regarding the remix of "Sell it to the World"', it sounds really amazing. This remix is promising and makes everything sound more interesting and cohesive, with a production similar to the band's self-titled (2005).
"Symbolic Virtue" is a bonus track from "Medusa" album, and it's a pure Doom Metal. It reminds of the "Icon" album, and there is an interesting piano during the verses that adds a nice Gothic flavor to the thing. Again, a lot of Type O Negative reminiscences, and no growls here, only clean vocals. The song really feels like your regular Paradise Lost bonus track.
Production wise, it sounds really big and analog: guitars sound nasty and the mix is great. Waltteri seems to be a better fit than Adrian, and the drums have a better sound than on "The Plague Within".
Overall, this EP is the must for every Paradis Lost collector, as well as worth thing of every Metal fan' collection!
Nuclear Blast GmbH/Legacy, 2017. Made in Germany. First press.
1. The Longest Winter 4:34
2. Sell It To The World (New Remix And Master) 3:25
3. Symbolic Virtue 4:37
Total playing time: 12:37 min.
1. “The Longest Winter” taken from the album "Medusa".
2. “Sell It To The World” taken from the album "Believe In Nothing" (New Remix and Master).
3. “Symbolic Virtue” taken from the album "Medusa".