Draconian
A Rose For The Apocalypse


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (220 Reviews)
March 30th, 2018 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I like this album” - pizzamachine

Suicidal thoughts, angels of discord, despair, love lost, the end of days - the lyrics in this album are typically Draconian. The rest of A Rose For The Apocalypse is just as predictable. There’s not much in terms of stagnation or progression here, just the same doom/gothic metal you’ve heard from them. It’s solid, but can’t touch Turning Season Within despite their attempt to duplicate its spirit. It gets close though with ‘Wall of Sighs’; it’s a gut puncher of a song, a symphony of brutality fronted by Anders, the resident growl expert - his performance in the song is outstanding, and the chorus is especially crushing. I’m also fond of ‘The Quiet Storm’ which balances sky tearing, slower riffs with bursts of speed elegantly and tops it with a bluesy feel.

Draconian have found their stride in this album but they almost rely on it too much. You’ll hear a lot of the same melodies and therefore similar guitar lines. There are some standouts like the eery riff in ‘Elysian Night’. Then there’s ‘Dead World Assembly’, which utilizes a melodic pattern on the guitar similar to ‘Last Hour of Ancient Sunlight’ but remains a great tune. I love their formula myself, but one could easily argue that all their songs sound the same. If you shuffle Draconian albums on your iPhone you’ll see why, for unless you know which songs are which, A Rose For The Apocalypse will get lost in the shuffle.

This album is great. The female vocals are wonderful, the growls are equally terrific. I enjoy every song here to some degree, even ‘End of the Rope’ which feels like a filler song. ‘The Drowning Age’ is stupidly heavy and ‘A Phantom Dissonance’ is compelling with some tricky drum beats involving ghost notes, and also a super catchy riff. Despite the samey feel in the album, there’s highlights aplenty.

There’s much to love in this composition, but I ultimately don’t feel it as much as their other albums. It’s less of an emotional journey, and more by the numbers. It’s a collection of Draconian songs. It’s a head banging good time, though not a masterpiece. Not every album needs to be a masterpiece, let’s crank up those tunes!



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pizzamachine
March 29th 2018


14223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this album

Hawks
March 29th 2018


73061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Arcane Rain Fell and Turning Season within are both amazing, but I really don't dig this or Sovran at all tbh. :[



Still need to hear the debut in full.

Digging: Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg

pizzamachine
March 29th 2018


14223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alrighty, but how can you not love Sovran? What’s not to like?

Hawks
March 29th 2018


73061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Bored me to tears bro, same with this one. I reviewed Sovran a few years back haha.



Check my dig hard though, they're very similar to these guys.

pizzamachine
March 29th 2018


14223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will review Sovran to bring back balance to the universe lol. Thanks for the rec!

Hawks
March 29th 2018


73061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

m/ m/ m/ m/ m/

pizzamachine
March 29th 2018


14223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pennywise hath spoken 🤘🏻

parksungjoon
March 30th 2018


9575 Comments


damn im the first to pos?

good band

pizzamachine
March 30th 2018


14223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band pwns. Thanks bro 😊



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