I've been into Paradise Lost since the Icon days, when I had the foldout poster pinned on my wall beside my bed...
The latest album arrived in the post from their website last Tuesday (with a signed inlay, woo hoo!) and it's a real grower. Some standout tunes on there.
Draconian Times is probably still my favourite album, but it's hard to choose - each one has its own strengths. There are still "fans" who go to the gigs and demand songs from the very first album, and I know a lot of folks were divided when the band veered off into the lighter stuff, but the fact that they're solid performers and not afraid to experiment appeals to me hugely.
I wish they'd play a headline gig in Dublin though. Opeth support aside in 2006 (I think), the closest they got to here was the Full Metal Racket event in Belfast in 2009. I've been travelling to Manchester and London see them for years...time for them to come to me!