Due to "extreme weather conditions," British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST have been forced to cancel their appearance at the Taksirat Festival in Skopje, Macedonia on Saturday, December 4.
Commented singer Nick Holmes and guitarist Greg Mackintosh: "To all our Macedonian fans who traveled to the Taksirat Festival to see us, it is with deep regret that we announce we cannot make it to Macedonia to play in the festival [on Saturday]. The freak weather in the U.K. has caused us severe travel problems, not only cancellations with our scheduled flights but also problems at our homes.
"Most of us live in the rural part of the North, which seems to have been hit the worst; many of the country roads are still totally closed leaving us unable to travel anywhere at this time. We have been told the promoter will allow us to play at a later date, and we look forward to doing so soon!
"We hope everyone enjoys the festival regardless and hope you have an amazing time this weekend from all of us."
"Draconian Times", the seminal 1995 album from PARADISE LOST, was reissued on vinyl on July 26 via Peaceville Records. This vinyl edition is numbered and limited to 2000 copies and comes on double 180-gram burgundy-colored vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and printed inner sleeves and liner notes from the album's producer, Simon Efemy.
The limited formats of PARADISE LOST's new album, "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us", include two orchestral versions of the album tracks "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" and "Last Regret", which were recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2008.
The limited-edition deluxe two-CD includes special packaging (DVD-sized Mediabook with O-Card in a special leather look) and a bonus track, "Cardinal Zero", on Disc 1 plus a separate bonus CD featuring the "Lost In Prague" tracks. All vinyl lovers will be delighted to hear that the album is available as a limited-edition gatefold LP, including the bonus track "Cardinal Zero", the orchestra mixes on a separate bonus 7" EP, the entire album on CD (in a blank sleeve), and an exclusive poster.
The follow-up to 2007's "In Requiem", "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren.
The album's artwork, which is based upon a "Danse Macabre" woodcut by Hans Holbein the Younger (first published in 1538), was created by Stefan Wibbeke at Medialogistics (LACUNA COIL, POISONBLACK).