British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST performed with an orchestra on September 20, 2014 at the Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. For the one-off concert, the band was joined by the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra founded nearly 70 years ago and made up of over 100 highly qualified musicians. The orchestra has its roots in the hundred-year-old orchestral tradition in Plovdiv and over the years has launched the careers of many world-famous conductors.
The prestigious evening was promoted by the Bulgarian independent radio station Tangra Mega Rock and orchestrated by conductor Levon Manukyan who wrote the first metal ballet and is the founder of the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum orchestra. During his career, Levon has given the classical treatment to rock and metal works by MARILYN MANSON, ALICE COOPER, DREAM THEATER, AC/DC, EVANESCENCE, GUNS N’ ROSES, KISS, LED ZEPPELIN, NIRVANA and JUDAS PRIEST, and worked with world-famous soloists including ex-NIGHTWISH vocalist Tarja Turunen.
On November 20, PARADISE LOST will release “Symphony Of The Lost” in two different formats: 2CD and DVD, as well as limited-edition 2LP + DVD (orange vinyl) with a 16-page booklet and signed postcard. Pre-orders can be placed at OMerch.eu.
“Symphony Of The Lost” track listing:
CD One (with orchestra):
01. Tragic Idol
02. Last Regret
03. Your Own Reality
04. Over The Madness
05. Joys Of Emptiness
06. Victim Of The Past
07. Soul Courageous
CD Two (without orchestra):
01. The Enemy
04. Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us
05. As I Die
06. One Second
07. True Belief
08. Say Just Words
09. The Last Time
* First Half (with orchestra): 41:16
* Second Half (without orchestra): 41:29
* Documentary: 26:17
Said the band prior to the event: “We have recorded elements of orchestration many times in the studio over the last two decades, as many of our songs lend themselves well to classical arrangement. However, we have never before had the chance to play with a real orchestra in a live situation, so it’s very exciting to have the opportunity to play with Plovdiv Philharmonic and in such a prestigious location as the Roman theatre.”
Bulgarian TV coverage, as well as fan-filmed video footage, of the performance can be seen below.