Origin: Sweden
Genres: Gothic Metal, Doom Metal
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Draconian  


Draconian formed in 1994 and spent almost a decade working on their craft, with the usual lineup changes, demos and promos, before finally signing to Napalm Records and releasing their debut album, Where Lovers Mourn, a year later. The band straddles the line between gothic and doomdeath metal, with the more upbeat songs favoring the former genre while they often slow down to the more traditional doom tempos. They employ the beauty-and-the-beast vocal style effectively, with both vocalists preforming quite well, along with the requisite somber riffs and keyboard flourishes. If there's a criticism here, it's the standard one -- they aren't boring, they aren't really ordinary, and they don't sound like any one band, but at the same time there's little that really differentiates them from other bands in the gothic/doom camp. Having said that, Where Lovers Mourn is well-played and well-executed, and in time these guys/gal could certainly develop their own sound.

Current Members

Anders Jacobsson

vocals

Heike Langhans

vocals

Johan Ericson

guitars

Daniel Arvidsson

guitars

Fredrik Johansson

bass (Dark Tranquillity)

Anders Karlsson

keyboards

Jerry Torstensson

drums

Former Members/Guests

Lisa Johansson

vocals

Magnus Bergström

rhythm guitar

Thomas Jäger

bass

Jesper Stolpe

bass


Discography



Where Lovers Mourn 
2003 Napalm
  1. The Cry Of Silence
  2. Silent Winter
  3. A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
  4. The Solitude
  5. Reversio Ad Secessum
  6. The Amaranth
  7. Akherousia
  8. It Grieves My Heart
  • Anders Jacobsson
  • Lisa Johansson
  • Johan Ericson
  • Magnus Bergström
  • Thomas Jäger
  • Anders Karlsson
  • Jerry Torstensson

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Arcane Rain Fell 
2005 Napalm
  1. A Scenery Of Loss
  2. Daylight Misery
  3. The Apostasy Canticle
  4. Expostulation
  5. Heaven Laid In Tears (Angel's Lament)
  6. The Abhorrent Rays
  7. The Everlasting Scar
  8. Death, Come Near Me
  • Anders Jacobsson
  • Lisa Johansson
  • Johan Ericson
  • Magnus Bergström
  • Jesper Stolpe
  • Anders Karlsson
  • Jerry Torstensson

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The Burning Halo 
2006 Napalm
  1. She Dies
  2. Through Infectious Waters (A Sickness Elegy)
  3. The Dying
  4. Serenade of Sorrow
  5. The Morningstar
  6. The Gothic Embrace
  7. On Sunday They Will Kill the World
  8. Forever My Queen

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Turning Season Within 
2008 Napalm
  1. Seasons Apart
  2. When I Wake
  3. Earthbound
  4. Not Breathing
  5. The Failure Epiphany
  6. Morphine Cloud
  7. Bloodflower
  8. The Empty Stare
  9. September Ashes
  • Anders Jacobsson
  • Lisa Johansson
  • Johan Ericson
  • Daniel Arvidsson
  • Fredrik Johansson
  • Jerry Torstensson

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



A Rose For The Apocalypse 
2011 Napalm
  • Anders Jacobsson
  • Lisa Johansson
  • Johan Ericson
  • Daniel Arvidsson
  • Fredrik Johansson
  • Jerry Torstensson

Reviews:   Metal Observer  Angry Metal Guy 

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