Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh has spoken about the band’s latest album ‘Tragic Idol’ and what he attributes to the band’s longevity in an interview with the Examiner. A couple of excerpts from the chat can be found below.
Mackintosh said that Paradise Lost approached the writing process of ‘Tragic Idol’ differently to its predecessors: “The previous one [Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us] had a lot of orchestration on it, so there were lots of layers on it. The new one is stripped back to the main instruments.”
He added: “To do that, you have to have more melody in the songs. It’s kind of a more basic rock metal album than the previous ones.”
Mackintosh explained that he drew influences from almost all genres of music when writing the album: “One thing that I don’t like is happy songs,” he conceded, “it can be anything from classical to anything. I like sad, intertwining melodies…like what you find in classical music.”
Since their formation in 1988, Paradise Lost has been able to maintain a solid fanbase and release quality albums. Mackintosh put the band’s success down to their uniqueness: “We’re kind of like a square peg in a round hole. We never really latched on to one scene…we just did our own thing and we just ride the wave,” he said.