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Sweetness - 75%

Evoken, September 24th, 2013

A year after Paradise Lost released their Icon album, they released this stop-gap EP for the fans. It contains two of the better songs from Icon (Embers Fire and True Belief), a new song, and a live version of the song "Your Hand in Mine", originally from the "Shades of God" album. Since two songs are already on Icon, the two tracks that are exclusive to this EP are the only ones worth mentioning here. The new song "Sweetness" is a terrific song that shows Paradise Lost moving in a more gothic metal direction with more clean singing and keyboards. It's almost a teaser to the sound they would use on their follow-up album "Draconian Times". Since this EP is still currently the only official place to find this song in Paradise Lost's discography, this release still holds some value because of that. The last song on the EP, the live version of "Your Hand In Mine", is nice enough and is a decently recorded live performance, although it's nothing most fans of the band will be that excited over.

I would only recommend this EP for the Paradise Lost completists. The song Sweetness is definitely worth having and the artwork is terrific, but the rest of this EP is somewhat useless espcially if you already own the Icon album. It makes you wonder why the record company put the work into releasing with exclusive artwork only to offer one new song and a throwaway live track.