I too am a long time fan of Paradise Lost. I'm now 42, but I grew up in the late 80's early 90's thrash, death, grindcore scene and have never lost my love of brutal, heavy, dark music.
The grinding heavy guitars sound very reminisant of Entombed's left hand path, which I always rated as one of the best ever guitar sounds, and the passion and feeling that Gregor and Hamish give to the music is stunning.
Gregor, to my mind, has always written great music and this album is no exception, in fact it raises the bar considerably for all to follow. I really hope they tour this album, as live it'd be amazing, but can't see it happening. Still I can live in hope
Whilst I find so much new metal is lacking in originality, this album whilst having it's roots in old school metal, also sounds very fresh and original.
Give it a go, you know you want to, and if you struggle with it, then yes, you are too old!