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The Peaceville Three is are term used to describe the three UK bands (My Dying Bride, Anathema and Paradise Lost) who are signed or have been signed to Peaceville Records sometime in their careers. The three bands are regarded as the creators of both the doom metal and gothic metal genres in the early-mid 1990s, particularly with Paradise Lost's 1991 Gothic.


Paradise Lost were the first to form, in 1988. Anathema and My Dying Bride followed suit in 1990, beginning the death/doom genre essentially. That year also saw Paradise Lost's Lost Paradise album. In 1991 they followed with the influential Gothic In 1992 My Dying Bride released their first album As The Flower Withers, while 1993 saw their second release Turn Loose the Swans and Anathema's debut Serenades. While Paradise Lost began a synthpop experimentational period in the latter half of the 90's and My Dying Bride also experimented with 1998's 34.788%...Complete, and Anathema verged towards a more rock-orientated sound, My Dying Bride eventually returned to their sound with the follow-up to 34.788%...Complete, 1999's The Light at the End of the World. They remain the only of the three to still be signed with Peaceville Records and the only one to still play doom metal.

My Dying Bride albums[]

  • (1992) As the Flower Withers
  • (1993) Turn Loose the Swans
  • (1995) The Angel and the Dark River
  • (1996) Like Gods of the Sun
  • (1998) 34.788%...Complete
  • (1999) The Light at the End of the World
  • (2001) The Dreadful Hours
  • (2004) Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
  • (2006) A Line of Deathless Kings
  • (2009) For Lies I Sire

Paradise Lost albums[]

  • Lost Paradise (1990)
  • Gothic (1991)
  • Shades of God (1992)
  • Icon (1993)
  • Draconian Times (1995)
  • One Second (1997)
  • Host (1999)
  • Believe in Nothing (2001)
  • Symbol of Life (2002)
  • Paradise Lost (2005)
  • In Requiem (2007)
  • Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (2009)

Anathema albums[]

  • Serenades (1993)
  • The Silent Enigma (1995)
  • Eternity (1996)
  • Alternative 4 (1998)
  • Judgement (1999)
  • A Fine Day to Exit (2001)
  • A Natural Disaster (2003)
  • Horizons (2010)
  • Weather Systems (2012)
  • Distant Satellites (2014)
  • The Optimist (2017)