The Victor Meldrew of heavy metal talks funeral doom, ‘darkness’, teenagers and has a moan about long hair.
Known to his friends as ‘Moans’, Nick Holmes has always had something of the grumpy old man about him – in keeping with his role as frontman for the UK’s premier gothic metal band. Formed in Halifax in 1988, Paradise Lost rose in the early 90s. With their fourteenth album, The Plague Within, they have, in part, gone back to their death-metal roots. Holmes reckons it’s among the best things they’ve recorded. But he’ll always find something to moan about – hair loss, vacuum cleaners…
Do you think of this new album as a throwback to the band’s early days?
I feel it’s like a flag-in-the-ground album for us. In the past we’ve had certain albums that set the pace for the next few years. We did that with Icon and then One Second. And this is another. The death-metal element is adding a texture we haven’t had for a long time, but the album is a mixed bag and it’s better for it.