Draconian
Sovran


4.5
superb

Review

by Have you tried jamming Helcaraxe? CONTRIBUTOR (133 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2017 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beauty in Tragedy

Draconian is a melodic death/doom metal band hailing from our favorite frostbitten Nordic-metal country of Sweden. They play a somewhat Gothic take on doom metal, with piano flourishes and somber female croons present on most of their albums. For those who are already fans of Draconian, there isn't much of anything new to find on this record. In spite of this, "Sovran" contains some of the strongest songs of Draconians career off this record, such as the crushing, yet equally as melodic and grief stricken first track "Heavy Lies the Crown". There are harrowing, immense gutturals that persist throughout the album, and while perhaps this could come across as monotonous due to the limited style of their male vocalist, they are well balanced with the angelic voice of Heike Langhans. Heike especially proves herself as a valuable asset of the track "The Wretched Tide" where her blissful, soothing voice permeates the atmosphere and makes for a hazy and and ethereal experiences. Perhaps that's the best way to describe this album-ethereal.

Despite being rather basic and repetitive, the atmosphere through this album is perfect levels of daunting, gloomy and wistfully hopeful. The guitar work is slow and trudges at a grinding pace (albeit, faster then the likes of bands like Funeral or Bell Witch), and is backed by occasional elegant violins and pianos. They aren't present enough to take away from the role of the guitar riffs but are forward enough to add layers of beauty to their music. The trip they take you on is simply magnificent, like drifting off into the midst of space surrounded by a night sky vast and boundless, stars dotting the air. This is simply the nature of Draconian's music, and this proven once again off of "Sovran". Occasionally, this is broken by tracks like "Stellar Tombs" which has a brief spell of romping energy, otherwise, the hazy, obfuscated atmosphere remains.

Music like this that takes you on these majestic journeys is what makes writing about them such a splendid joy to begin with. Pure, blissful and crepuscular albums like this. It's very easy to become lost in the sweeping caress of "Sovran", being both invigorated and riled with energy from the more energetic tracks such as "Stellar Tombs" to having the breath slowly purged from you off tracks like "No Lonelier Star". This is an album that cradles despair and remorse with open arms, embracing the beauty in tragedy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


9937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thought it'd be cool to offer up a different opinion seeing as Hawks didn't really like it. Personally I only somewhat enjoyed it on the first listen but it's really grown on me pretty damn hard. It really takes me away.

Hawks
March 22nd 2017


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn wish I dug this as much as you, sweet write up bro.



The past 2 Draconian albums have done absolutely nothing for me, but the 2 before them are fantastic. Still gotta jam the debut.

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


9937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah thanks dude! From what I can tell their prior album seems pretty solid but I still need a full listen. Trying to get through their whole discog soon. Heard arcane rain awhile back, came back to it, and thought "why the fuck did I drop this?"

Jots
Emeritus
March 23rd 2017


7561 Comments


where here voice
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first para could use some adjusting. there's nothing inherently wrong about going into track descriptions in the first paragraph, but in doing so you kinda need to make it mesh with the thesis of the first para. otherwise it just feels disorganized. this could be fixed by getting rid of the last sentence in the first paragraph and using it elsewhere

it's also good to italicize albums titles, while putting track titles in quotes. it just makes it easier for the reader to differentiate

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2017


9937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I know, but for some reason I can't figure out how to italicize things on the site. Is it actually a weird process or am I just a dunce?

Jots
Emeritus
March 23rd 2017


7561 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/misc.php?do=bbcode

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2017


9937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely will fix that last sentence, it's rather awkward now that you point it out.



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