12. Paradise Lost, 'Medusa'
Nearly three decades since Paradise Lost first announced themselves as
masters of the morose, they're still plumbing new depths of dejection. Their 15th album, Medusa, is both denser and darker than their gloriously gloomy 2015
offering, The Plague Within, thanks
to guitarist Greg Mackintosh's plodding riffs – almost always set to a pulse
just above "life support" – and frontman Nick Holmes' lonesome,
pained growling. In one lyric that captures the mood of the album, he sings,
"Feeling so alive in this hopeless dream," as the chorus to "The
Longest Winter" – a crushing, psychedelic-tinged song that opens with
the sound of a raven's caw. It's like the soundtrack to a psychotic break. K.G.