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Interview With Paradise Lost Guitarrist

Gregor Mackintosh from Paradise Lost recently spoke to Metal Temple magazineís Chris Downie about various interesting issues. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

"- Metal Temple: Many long-time fans felt that the decision to move to major label EMI in 1998 was a bad one. Without wanting to start a debate on the merits of major labels, what do you think the band have learned from the overall experience?

- Mackintosh: "[Laughs] Of course it was a mistake, but itís a mistake that no bands ever learn from. Before we signed to EMI, we used to say íbetter a big fish in a small pondí and then we went and followed suit. Majors tell you what you want to hear, but bail when the going gets tough."

- Metal Temple: In comparison, the bandís profile in the UK has dropped, despite the continued loyalty of a small hardcore fanbase. Is this still a source of frustration for you?

- Mackintosh: "Itís not the fansí fault. I think itís more of a media thing. There are a handful of press people in the UK, deciding what everybody should and shouldnít like. At least in the USA, there are numerous and very varied college radio stations which are a good source for reasonably unbiased views. In most of the rest of the world, there seems to be a decent enough magazine and press network that arenít all controlled by the same people and have enough of a sales base to make a difference."

- Metal Temple: Having signed a new distribution deal with Century Media Records, which covers the UK and US, do you have any plans to build on the success of the last US tour with Opeth and perhaps return there soon?

- Mackintosh: "I canít wait. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour with Opeth and we have some great fans over there. From what I hear, we are already looking at a couple of tours of the US early next year."

You can find the entire interview here.

12 Nov 2005

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