on 29 August 2008
Nick Holmes & Grag Mackintosh Linernotes (from the booklet):
The Enemy (from the album In Requiem, 2007)
Nick: This song was written with a live performance in mind, we also shot a video in the Ukraine for this track. Despite its grim subject, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun at a video shoot, watching the other guys getting shot was really funny.
Grey (from the album Paradise Lost, 2005)
Nick: If silence was a colour I guess it would be grey, but then there was the dilemma how to spell it, American or English... the agony of choise.
Erased (from the album Symbol of Life, 2002)
Nick: We recorded the video for this song in an unfinished underground shopping mall in sub zero temperatures, not plesant!
Lee Dorrian did a cameo appearance on the chorus of this song, purely 'cause Cathedral were in the studio at the same time by coincidence.
Red Shift (from the album Paradise Lost, 2005)
Nick: Redshift is defined as occurring when the electromagnetic radiation, usually visible light, that is emitted from or reflected off an object is shifted towards the (less energetic) red and of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Surprisingly however, this song title was inspired by a shop in Bradford that took an eternity to fix amplifiers.
So Much is Lost (from the album Host, 1999)
Greg: We had a blast recording this album. We hired out a huge stately home owned by the actress Jane Seymour and built our own studio inside. Then we just spent 2 months experimenting.
Sweetness (from the single Seals the Sense, 1994)
Greg: This was a very unexpected cult B-side. I remember writting this song sitting backstage somewhere in Germany whilst supporting Sepultura on their Chaos AD tour.
Praise Lamented Shade (from the album In Requiem, 2007)
Nick: During recording the tuning of this song was changed to make it stand out more, as it sounded way too light in it's original "C" tuning.
Pity the Sadness (from the album, Shades Of God, 1992)
Nick: In the video for this song Matt, our drummer at the time, nearly lapsed into a diabetic coma as he played for 7 hours non stop! The title of this song later turned into a catch phrase used by Lee Dorrian to take the piss out of me.
Forever Failure (from the album Draconian Times, 1995)
Greg: Features a sample of the last televised interview with Charles Manson. He says "I don't know what sorry means" although it would have been more apt if he'd said "I don't know why I'm in this song". We had to pay the families of his victims in order to use the sample.
Once Solemn (from the album Draconian Times, 1995)
Greg: We wrote this song without a drummer. We were auditioning drummers while it was being written and asked prospective drummers to drum to the song as a way of narrowing down our choice.
As I Die (from the album Shades Of God, 1992)
Greg: This is probably one of our best known tracks. Interestingly it wasn't on the original pressing of our Shades of God album because some people thought it didn't fit.
Embers Fire (from the album Icon, 1993)
Greg: We recorded this album near Farnham, Surrey. We spent most of the time drinking in a pub called the William Cobbit.
Mouth (from the album Believe in Nothing, 2001)
Greg: The video for this song was filmed in Austria. There is a moment in the video when a box opens and Nick's head is insade. This had to be filmed many times and the rest of the band had to leave the studio because we couldn't stop laughing.
No Celebration (from the album Symbol of Life, 2002)
Nick: I was originally thinking of it as a kind of anti-Christmas song as I'm against all the horrible commercialism that surrounds X-mas. However, I'm also a tight Yorksireman, so I guess that help fuels my dislike for the festive season.
Enternal (from the album Gothic, 1991)
Greg: The band used to rehearse in a lock up garage at a place called Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire which is where this song was written. There was a filthy old sofa that had been in the room for years and when we went gigging we used to put this sofa on top of our equipment in the back of a van and sleep on it.
True Belief (from the album Icon, 1993)
Greg: This track is more memorable for it's video than anything else. It was recorded on our first trip to Estonia. The crowd was fantastic but the security was brutal and some of this was captured in the video.
One Second (from the album One Second, 1997)
Nick: One of our most recognisable songs, even though musically it rarely changes guitar wise, it's the same from start to finish, one chord!
The Last Time (from the album Draconian Times, 1995)
Nick: The video we did for this song was totally diffirent to what we expected, there was a real confusion about the concept. And as to why a little girl was riding around on a bicycle is anyone's guess. Music wise, it's our best selling single, and always p popular live track.
Gothic (from the album Gothic, 1991)
Nick: We recently re-vamped this song, the strings and backing vocals. So Jeff could actually play it live. In the old days we never used click tracks, so timing was always all over the place, but that's old school death metal for you. After all these years I still Think the song stands up.
Say Just Words (from the album One Second, 1997)
Nick: An old college friend shot the video for this song at an old country manor house near our home town of Halifax. The band had to dress up as muddy zombies, luckily I didn't as they said they were still finding bits of mud in their ears days later.
The old man in this video playing a "funeral derector" died soon after shooting this, which was an odd coincidence!
We usually finish our set with this song, and old school PL fans can be seen heading for the exit after the middle!
Isolate (from the album Symbol Of Life, 1992)
I give 5 stars this DVD
Video & Audio 5.1 - Excellent!
I recommend it, for all Gothic-Doom Metal fans!!! PL fans - MUST BUY! This is very cool DVD!!!