Sound — 9
Shades Of God's sound can be described as a hybrid perhaps the album that helped Define Paradise's experimental nature the most. This is an album which looked from all directions is flawless in its progressive experimentations with the now perfected sound from the previous album Gothic. You can sense how this album was the most important in the whole progression of Paradise Lost. It has a feeling of many genres mix up and integrated with each other, some songs have a progressive feel to them, while others are still with an underlined Death influence. Still the predominant genre in this album is the hybrid of doom/gothic metal; a genre that Paradise helped laid the foundation for. It is one of the great experimental discs in metal in the last 20 years. The sound has the brutality mixed with the monothony/minimalistic feel that latter would dominate Paradise's sound.
Lyrics — 9
The vocals and Lyrics on this album are great they deal with a whole lot of subjects that latter would dominate the genre that PL founded. I won't stop and analyze the lyrics in depth; I will turn my attention more on the vocals. Perhaps this record was vocally the best record from PL, it has a nice mix of everything. Not one vocal style really dominates here there is a good mix of all the thinks we expect from Nick from death grunt-style of singing, to the dominant in latter years cleaner tone. There is a fare bit of harmony which best is shown on this CD by the two styles of singing this CD has perhaps been the best to show how there can be a balance between Death influenced grunting and cleaner sang vocals.
Overall Impression — 10
Perfect in everyway with basically every song on here from the Great kick off Pity the Sadness to the epic Crying for Eternity, Daylight Torn, No Forgiveness, Your Hand in Mine a person really understands how epic this album was meant to be a mix of prog/death/doom/gothic this album best shows how the experimental envelope can be pushed in the most conservative genres of music-metal. This album perhaps not being a strong for the overall feel to it, but rather the overall feel of the album when you listen to it right before DT or right after Gothic. It is surely on of the most influential albums in metal in the early '90s and it deserves more credit, then it gets. It doesn't get credit mainly because some people overlook it as not a finished product the way Gothic and DT sound. But as far as a sign of progression this album is perhaps the one of the few albums that best showcases the progression in a band not afraid to experiment.