Paradise Lost’s Greg Mackintosh Talks ‘Tragic Idol’

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.

Click here to read the full interview.

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