Unveiling their latest slab of Northern misery in the form of the stone faced Medusa, Paradise Lost have maintained their nom de guerre of being one of the best Doom Metal bands out there. Whilst Medusa might have been another album for the band, its a huge achievement for their brand new drummer Waltteri Vayrynen who, for the first time was at the helm on drums.
Born from a friendship shared with Paradise Lost guitarist Gregor Mackintosh, who shares musical duties in the Death Metal oriented Vallenfyre, the duo’s side project. After the announcement that drummer Adrian Erlandsson wouldn’t be following the band after the release of The Plague Within. Getting more than his fair share of live practice in, the band would perform all over the world in support of the album.
As the touring cycle for the record came to an end, the band began tinkering with new ideas and something that for the rest of the Halifax group would have been commonplace but for Waltteri, this was the first recording he would share with the band. No pressure. Fast forward to November 3rd and the record has been out for two months, receiving critical acclaim from fans all over its yet another masterstroke of Doom genius. Slowly waking up, his pre show rituals are somewhat interrupted with my arrival on the bus. Setting up and ensuring that it would be quick and painless I wanted to see just what the experience of recording with one of Metal’s most esteemed bands was like for this absolute gent and monster of a drummer.
Here’s what went down!
Paradise Lost’s brand new album Medusa is out now via Nuclear Blast Records.