HOST, the new project from PARADISE LOST vocalist Nick Holmes and guitarist Greg Mackintosh, have signed to Nuclear Blast and announced their debut album “IX,” for release on the 24th of February.
To coincide with the announcement, HOST have released a video for their first single ‘Tomorrow’s Sky’, a cascading, synth-laden track driven by an insatiable pop vocal hook. The video was directed and produced by Ash Pears of AshTV Music Video.
Greg Mackintosh declares: “HOST is something that I had in mind for a few years but never had the time to do justice to until now. It’s taking the concept of what we attempted to do on the PARADISE LOST album ‘Host’ but approaching it in a modern context. It’s part 80s goth, part electro, part rock but none of them specifically. The emphasis is on hooks and atmosphere. It’s quite a challenge to make miserable music catchy and hopefully, we’ve achieved that to some degree.”
The origins of HOST do not trace back to the 1999 PARADISE LOST album bearing the same name but instead to the West Yorkshire music clubs of the mid-to-late 1980s. While Holmes and Mackintosh were already certified heavy metal fanatics (“metal thrashing mad” as Holmes equates), they were equally drawn to the New Wave and Goth music scenes. The pounding rhythms, sublime melodies, and undercurrent of darkness drew them in, creating immediate earworms and a desire to delve further.
You can pre-order “IX” in various formats here.
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