It was a landmark in gothic metal… and inspired hundreds of bands across the world.

And now, Draconian Times – Paradise Lost’s 1995 masterpiece – is being re-issued to mark its 25th anniversary.

The album, which helped to propel Paradise Lost to global success, will be reissued via Music For Nations on December 4.   

Working with acclaimed producer Simon Efemy, Paradise Lost recorded the album at Surrey studio Ridge Farm, as well as Bedfordshire’s gothic mansion Great Linfield Manor.

Building on the foundations laid by its predecessor, Icon, Draconian Times established the Yorkshire act as one the UK’s most prominent and influential metal bands.

Guitarist Aaron Aedy commented: “The Draconian Times era was the two amazing years of ’95 and ’96 which saw us touring South America and Japan for the first time and getting to play with Ozzy, The Sex Pistols and more.

“It then culminated in a tour finishing concert that every young metal fan of the 80s and 90s wanted to go to, let alone play – the last ever legendary Donington Monsters of Rock.

“Dreams came true for us all during the whole Draconian Times period.  

“Twenty five years later, we’re still very proud and humbled by the whole experience, so we’re very pleased to see it reissued on vinyl again as it hasn’t been available in that format for a long time.

“I’m also excited to get one myself!”

The 25th anniversary of Draconian Times will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. The double LP is pressed onto heavyweight audiophile vinyl, housed in a premium gatefold sleeve, and presented on exclusive transparent blue vinyl.  

And what’s more, the Deluxe LP version comes with a three colour splatter design that complements the front cover artwork.  

Main photo: Anne C. Swallow.