Been a while since I’ve watched any Music DVDs!
The 2011 reissue of Paradise Lost’s essential Draconian Times album prompted the band to play the album live in its entirety. This live DVD/CD box set documents the London stop on the tour.
Paradise Lost are usually a forward-looking band so it was a surprise to find them doing this kind of retro tour. On the basis of the show captured here, it worked out well. Draconian Times is quite a long album and I’ve always thought their recent set-lists have been a bit light on material from it. This opinion is clearly shared by the audience, whose obvious enthusiasm for this material seems to lift the band. PL play passionately throughout. Compared to their other DVD releases this concert has more oomph and more of a sense of occasion. It’s the best show I’ve seen them do and certainly the best DVD they’ve put out to date.
It took me a while to finally buy this because I felt I had enough live PL and I’m not normally a big fan of these “album” shows but it was much more enjoyable than I expected it to be. As well as the excellent gig, it’s got an extra DVD of fascinatingly drab behind the scenes footage and there are some interviews and promo videos too. The CD has the whole Draconian Times album played live with three non-Draconian songs added. Combined with lovely packaging and a booklet stuffed with contemporary reviews and articles this set is a must for fans of northern gloom!