AARON AEDY Confirms PARADISE LOST Is Working On Follow-Up To 'Medusa'
August 25, 2019
Impact metal channel conducted an interview with guitarist Aaron Aedy of British gothic doom pioneers PARADISE LOST prior to the band's July 11 appearance at Rockmaraton festival in Dunaújváros, Hungary. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether PARADISE LOST is working on the follow-up to 2017's "Medusa":
Aaron: "Yes. That's why we're sort of slowing down the touring. We only got five more shows left including tonight. I think Nick [Holmes, vocals] and Greg [Mackintosh, guitar] have already started writing. That's exciting. Waiting for that to come together and starting to rehearse new songs and whatnot. I haven't heard anything yet, so I can't give anything away. Knowing them two, it will be a bit miserable and very PARADISE LOST."
On the feeling he gets when listening to his own music or performing on stage:
Aaron: "I love it. The thing is, the reason we formed PARADISE LOST 31 years ago was to make the music we wanted to hear for our own pleasure. The reason we're still going 31 years later is because we still enjoy what we're doing and we're still writing for ourselves. We're lucky that other people seem to like it as well, but we never wanted to make an album that we thought people would like just to appease fans. We're our own biggest critics, first and foremost. If we're happy when we release [an album], then hopefully people will like it, too. Playing live, personally, I absolutely love playing live. I get lost in the music. I love it. Being part of it organically over the years has been one of the most wonderful things to enjoy. That's why I'm getting excited for album number 16, whatever that's going to be called."
On whether PARADISE LOST would consider playing another one of their studio albums in full live as they did in 2010 for "Draconian Times" and 2016 for "Gothic":
Aaron: "It depends if it feels right. We were getting asked for a long, long time, probably about 10 years, to do 'Draconian Times' in its entirety, but we wanted to wait until we had written an album that was heavier than 'Draconian Times' so it didn't seem like we were just going back to something like a cash-in. When we got around to doing it, when we rehearsed the songs, we were, like, 'Fucking hell, these songs were great.' When we were in the rehearsal room, it was great. I love 'Shades Of God'. There were songs on there we hadn't played for years. It was great to do. 'Gothic' was interesting to do as well because some of those songs, we were 19 or 20 when we wrote them. Doing those songs was really interesting. Some songs more than others, but there's some great songs on that record, and just adding the modern guitar and we've improved as players as well over that time. It's quite interesting to go through them again. We're not against it. We're very proud of all our material. I don't know… It'd be quite interesting to play 'One Second' or 'Icon', which would be quite good. That would be quite good to do, actually. There's some great, classic PL songs. We were talking about the 'Chaos A.D.' tour [in support of SEPULTURA in 1993] we had just released 'Icon' for that, then we toured Europe in February, March after that tour. It was such a wonderful time. That album was great, and was a springboard for 'Draconian Times'. You never know. I think 'Icon' might happen before 'One Second'. We haven't discussed it all, so there's no plans. If somebody comes along and offers it… We don't feel compelled to do it to earn money or anything. If we feel comfortable doing it, we'll do it just for the joy of doing it and sort of revisiting old songs. There's quite a few songs on 'One Second' that I haven't played for years, like 'Disappear', and 'This Cold Life'. I love playing that one live. It would be great to do. There's loads of them we could do. There's 15 albums down the road. We could tour all the time doing old albums. You never know. Never say never, there are no plans at all in the offing. But we're not against it. We quite enjoyed the two times we'd done it."
"Medusa" was released in September 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork was created by Branca Studio and shows the infamous Gorgone Medusa from Greek mythology, carrying venomous snakes as hair and turning anyone into stone who would dare to look into her eyes.