Draconian
Where Lovers Mourn


4.5
superb

Review

by the2stranger USER (15 Reviews)
July 30th, 2006 | 19 replies | 8,993 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

This is the first full-length release by the Swedish doom metallers known as Draconian.
And a draconic release at that.

The line-up on this album:
Anders Jacobsson (Vocals)
Lisa Johansson (Vocals)
Johan Ericson (Lead- & Rhythm Guitars)
Magnus Bergström (Rhythm Guitars)
Thomas Jäger (Bass)
Anders Karlsson (Synthezizer & Programming)
Jerry Torstensson (Drums & Percussion)

These seven people are responsible for the massive sound on the album.
What may strike you as unusual is that they have two vocalists and one of them is female. Does this work out on a doom death release? Yes it does. I"m not a fan of female vocals (in metal) but it works out here. The nice and clear voice of the female vocalist at on part of the spectrum, the low, sorrow filled growls from Anders Jacobsson on the other end of the spectrum, besides growling he does some clean vocals as well. The contrast created by the combination of these voices is awesome. Anders is also the lyricist he writes good, meaningful lyrics, he's a poet so that explains the good flow of the lyrics. He's not just throwing around difficult words just for the sake of it, it's nice and balanced.

But of course, the vocals aren't the only thing making this a good album.
The guitars determine the sound and here I notice a change from other doom/death in the vain of My Dying Bride and early Katatonia. The leadguitar lines are so dreamy and flow very well. Packed with beautiful melodies, which aren't always sad sounding. One time the lead sounds like it was taken out of a new-age soundscape, the other time it sounds like a lead you would expect in a heavy metal ballad and after that you might hear an Middle-Eastern influenced lead. But not only the leads are so different on each track, everything is different from track to track, making a listen to this album feel like a sad journey. I think this is what makes this album so good, the mood itself, very dark and brooding is consistent. There is always this saddening wall of sound, but each song is another phase in your journey. This atmosphere is not just created by then normal instruments. Besides the guitar and keyboards, which on their own already add a lot to the sound (especially the piano outro of The Cry Of Silence) there is also violin. Now for me violin is the one instrument that can express emotion the best. Parallels between My Dying Bride are easily drawn and I must say, the parallels are there.
The sadness is even more underlined by the melancholic sound of the violin. The keyboards and violin really are the topping of this cd. They're used really well to fill out the soundscape and create a mood that is otherwise impossible to achieve.

I could go on and on, but it's really hard to describe the atmosphere of the album by just using words, so I won't bother.




Overall: This doom release is very refreshing, it doesn't rely on just a moody atmosphere, but instead incorporates elements that one wouldn't expect, while not being forced in to the song just for the sake of it. This would be a good choice for non doom fans too, cause in between the sad sound there is pure beauty as well.

Highlight tracks:
The Cry Of Silence.
A Slumber did my Spirit Seal.
It Grieves My Heart.

Final rating 4,5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nepenthe
July 30th 2006



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, man. I love Draconian, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal is magnificent.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
July 30th 2006



819 Comments


Nice review, these guys sound interesting, might check them out.

Cravinov13
July 30th 2006



3854 Comments


Good review, good album.

Txus
July 30th 2006



75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review Petey and good album. Their resemblance to Swallow The Sun is amazing, I love the female vocals in this band and it's weird because I hate female vocals in my metal :mad: but it sounds really good with this band.

m/Nice Work.

JamJar
July 30th 2006



16 Comments


Good review. You've made me want to listen to this band.

the2stranger
July 30th 2006



130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know how to get rid of the weird coding, the apostrophes show up weird.
And yes, I could work on the paragraphs, that's th disadvantage of typing it in Word first
Thabnks for the comment

Daven
July 30th 2006



13 Comments


Draconian is great man. Nice review BTW.

Apocalyptic Raids
August 1st 2006



810 Comments


nice review man

Tyler
Emeritus
August 1st 2006



7926 Comments


Nice review. I'm a little weary on the female vocals, but I'll definitely look into this.

mjjm1184
August 10th 2006



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album. Good review too.

the2stranger
September 22nd 2006



130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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BallsToTheWall
August 16th 2007



44197 Comments


This cd impressed me. The whole doomy vibe with female vocals. Great cd.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

FR33L0RD
August 16th 2007



1461 Comments


Swedish Doom Metal, i might like this.Im adding it to my "To Get" list

.......The review is good.You have my voteThis Message Edited On 08.16.07

Zoo
August 16th 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great album. I forgot about this. I feel like listening to A Slumber did my Spirit Seal right now.

BallsToTheWall
September 24th 2007



44197 Comments


My Spirit seal is a great song, a very haunting Cd I just cant get enough of.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2012



1864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their best album in my opinion, and that's a decision I've made after listening to every one of their albums. There is a lot to get stuck into here, a lot of variety-the epic grandiosity of gloomy opener ' the cry of silence', the death metal leanings of 'silent winter' and even the melancholic closer 'It grieves my heart', the latter of which making full use of the female vocals, to a more than satisfactory effect. Talking of which, the female vocals are used here very well indeed, even on the shorter song 'Akherousia', although it does seem like a fifth wheel compared to the significance of the other 7 songs. A great album to start at, if you're interested in modern gothic doom metal.

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

Motiv3
April 16th 2012



8923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive still yet to check this or their newest out.

Digging: Punch - They Don?t Have To Believe

BallsToTheWall
April 16th 2012



44197 Comments


New album is pretty good overall but it really doesn't have any of the Gothic qualities of old that made this band so epic. Go with this,

Motiv3
April 16th 2012



8923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In that case, I will check this out first.



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