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Which of the following is your favourite album?

Where Lovers Mourn (2003)
8
18%
Arcane Rain Fell (2005)
14
32%
The Burning Halo ( 2006)
5
11%
Turning Season Within (2008)
16
36%
Shades of a Lost Moon (Demo, 1995-1996)
1
2%
The Closed Eyes of Paradise (Demo, 1999)
0
No votes
Dark Oceans We Cry (Demo, 2002)
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 44

Postby DarkLink » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:21 pm

One interesting thing about Draconian, is that they quote MDB as one of their main influence.
It's been a while since I wanted to create a topic about this band. I know that most of you really enjoy listenning Draconian, and so do I. With their last album, Turning Season Within, I thought it was time to share our impression about it and about all the discography as well.

I personally love most of their work, and I wish to have the opportunity to see them live someday. Did you manage to see them already ?

Here is a brief biography of the band found on wiki. Give your opinion!

In May 1994, drummer and vocalist Johan Ericson, bassist and vocalist Jesper Stolpe and guitarist Andy Hindenäs assembled the band Kerberos, initially playing death metal with black metal influences. Seven months later, lead vocalist and lyricist Anders Jacobsson joined the band, and its name changed to Draconian.

Their first demo — Shades of a Lost Moon — was recorded on October, 1995, a week subsequent to their first live concert. The demo counted with flutist and vocalist Jessica Eriksson, keyboardist and vocalist Susanne Arvidsson and with a special participation of Andreas Haag on the introductory section of "My Nemesis". The album was released on February of 1996. The band was then joined by guitarist Magnus Bergström.

No recording contract was obtained with Shades of a Lost Moon, so in early 1997 the band proceeded to record their second demo, entitled In Glorious Victory. The band, however, became discontented with the quality of the recording and discontinued the release.

In the following months, two members of Draconian had to complete their military service, slowing down the progress of the band. Their rehearsals, however, continued to some degree. Susanne Arvidsson left the band due to personal reasons and was replaced by Andreas Karlsson.

Both in 1998 and 1999, the band made concerts. After receiving positive reactions, they decided to enter studio once more. In August of 1999, Draconian recorded Closed Eye of Paradise, an album dealing mostly with the theme of Lucifer and his fallen angels. Susanne Arvidsson made guest vocal appearances on this release. The album was, however, badly produced, and the band decided to spend time polishing it before a release was attempted. Between May and June of 2000, Andreas Karlsson, Anders Jacobsson, and Johan Ericson worked on the recorded material, improving the mix of the instruments and correcting effects. The demo was then released.

Draconian's style had by then become slower and darker, and reflecting this, the 2-track promotional Frozen Features was released on CD format and over the internet. Guitarist Andy Hindenäs left the band and was replaced by drummer Johan Ericson; drums were then left to Jerry Torstensson, who joined the band. Concurrent with these line-up changes, the band's demo was receiving positive feedback from critics of the gothic metal scene. A final demo entitled Dark Oceans We Cry was recorded in 2002, being followed by a contract with label Napalm Records.

The debut album Where Lovers Mourn was recorded under the supervision of Chris Silver (ex-Sundown and Cemetary) in July 2003 and was released three months later. Most of the songs were re-recordings of their earlier compositions. A support tour followed.

Draconian's next release was the concept album Arcane Rain Fell, from 2005, which apart from new songs features a new version of their 15-minute long epic "Death, Come Near Me", and also counts with Ryan Henry (from Necare) as a guest. They released The Burning Halo in 2006 after several delays.

In September 2007, Draconian began recording their fourth album, Turning Season Within at the Fascination Street Studios in Örebro with producers Jens Bogren and David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia).


Where Lovers Mourn
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Arcane Rain Fell
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The Burning Halo
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Turning Season Within
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I added a poll as well. Very tough choice indeed^^, no need to mention it.
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Postby DarkLink » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:33 pm

MySanityDoesFly wrote:I still haven't heard all their albums. Should I vote? :?


Hmmm... i think it is better if you wait a bit and listen all their work indeed... If not, you could missed some good stuff...
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Postby DarkLink » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:26 pm

PieceOfArt wrote:I've heard the demo recordings long ago. Can't remember what I thought about them. Although, if I'm not mistaken more than one song was re-recorded for the first album.
As for now, my favorite album is Turning season within. It's not impossible that I'll change my mind in the future...


Yeah, they have recordedseveral songs, including "It grieves my heart" and " The Morning star". I just can't remember the other ones...
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Postby DarkLink » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:22 pm

Storm wrote:
DarkLink wrote:
PieceOfArt wrote:I've heard the demo recordings long ago. Can't remember what I thought about them. Although, if I'm not mistaken more than one song was re-recorded for the first album.
As for now, my favorite album is Turning season within. It's not impossible that I'll change my mind in the future...


Yeah, they have recordedseveral songs, including "It grieves my heart" and " The Morning star". I just can't remember the other ones...


"Death, Come Near Me", "Serenade of Sorrow" and "The Gothic Embrace" as well. I'm glad they did those re-recordings, because the sound quality wasn't exactly spectacular in the demos...


Yes indeed. The Morning Star is definitely better on TBH. Turning Season is ok indeed. But I can't see a reall epic song like "Death Come Near Me" into it. So, I think Im gonna be tired of it quite quickly...
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Postby DarkLink » Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:58 pm

PieceOfArt wrote:
CarpathianQueen wrote:The Burning Halo is the best one according to me, except 'Forever My Queen'. It doesn't fit in the album and doesn't sound like the draconian we are used to. I can't enjoy listening to this one.

Surprise surprise, that is a cover. Pentagram is the band behiond that song. :wink: ('on sunday they will kill the world' is a cover as well)
Besides, The burning halo is not an album really. It's more like an EP. There are only three new songs. The rest is re-recorded.


Absolutely right. And it's a shame imo. They should have taken the time to create 3 or 4 more tacks for it...
But the re-recorded version like "The Morningstar" are definitely better than the previous old version.
I don't like the covers on The Burning Halo.
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Postby The Last Lonely Man » Mon May 05, 2008 11:07 pm

Personally, i thought "turning season within" was pandering to the mainstream crowd alot! Don't get me wrong, i guess it means they have perfected their craft, but it just sounded to catchy and polished to me.

I voted for "where lovers mourn", love the album, and the artwork, it was the last album to feature the great logo they used back then if im not mistaken, unless you have the demos of course....

The best songs from the demos were put on the burning halo CD anyway.

Im glad they moved away from the black/doom sound they had when they started out :-)

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Postby DarkLink » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:57 pm

Tyranny wrote:
EdenCancer wrote:I loved The Burning Halo for the song A Sickness Elegy. That song feels kind of epic, even though it's not very long. I wish it was! I feel they could've done more with that one.

But my vote goes for its predecessor, Arcane Rain Fell. The whole album flows flawlessly, and the epic closer Death, Come Near Me is just simply amazing.

I agree with, Arcane Rain Fell is such a great album!

My favorite song from The Burning Hale is The Mourning Star. This songs is amazing!


Same musical taste, as usual ;)
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Postby DarkLink » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:36 pm

eh! :D

Was about to update this thread when I noticed the joke. Brillant Azz, as usual. We kind of miss it...

And about Draconian, I have seen almost everything written unwisely about this great band. So please, if you have something to say, it is the right place to do so.

Oh and by the way, regarding this unrelevent poll, more people seem to appreciate Turning Seasons Within.
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Postby DarkLink » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:55 pm

Sorrow wrote:Anyone who likes Draconian should really check out their lead guitarist's, Johan Ericsson, solo project Doom:Vs. I only started listening recently but its absolutely amazing, especially Leaden Winged Burden :headbang:


This is something I should have definitely mentioned before but completely forgot. Excellent band indeed Sorrow, you're right :devilsign:
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Postby DarkLink » Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:46 am

Tyranny wrote:I'd like to go to a Draconian concert.


Same again! I would really really love that :(
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