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Paradise Lost Members Channel Their Goth & 80s Dance-Pop Influences Into New Project Host


Host, the gothic 1980s dance-pop-inspired project from the Paradise Lost duo of Gregor Mackintosh (also of Strigoi) and Nick Holmes, have signed with Nuclear Blast. Mackintosh handles the guitars, synth and programming in this endeavor, while Holmes is behind the mic.

The pair will have their debut album “IX” out on February 24th and have just debuted an Ash Pears-directed music video for the album’s first single, “Tomorrow’s Sky“. Regarding the project itself, Mackintosh offered:

Host is something that I had in mind for a few years but never had the time to do it justice until now. It’s taking the concept of what we attempted to do on the Paradise Lost album ‘Host‘ but approaching it in a modern context. It’s part 80s goth, part electro , part rock but none of them specifically. The emphasis is on hooks and atmosphere. It’s quite a challenge to make miserable music catchy and hopefully we’ve achieved that to some degree.”

He continued:

“We always stood by ‘Host‘ as an album. This project is not totally connected to that album, but some of the ideas are extrapolated. We’re taking the basic premise and trying it out now. And, really, it was something fun and interesting for us to do. We’ve been doing Paradise Lot for a long time and got an itch to try something different from where PL is now. I could take PL down this route again. Who knows? It may happen if we live long enough, but I thought, ‘Why not now?’ I had the time to do it.”

IX” track listing:

01 – “Wretched Soul
02 – “Tomorrow’s Sky
03 – “Divine Emotion
04 – “Hiding From Tomorrow
05 – “A Troubled Mind
06 – “My Only Escape
07 – “Years Of Suspicion
08 – “Inquistion
09 – “Instinct

Digipak bonus tracks:

10 – “I Ran” (A Flock Of Seagulls cover)
11 – “Hiding From Tomorrow” (Lustmord remix)
12 – “Tomorrow’s Sky” (GosT remix)

Pre-orders can be found here.

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