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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Epic goth metal with some heavy '70s progressive elements Rick Wakeman-style keyboards, occasional interludes of softer, folk-like melodies, some spoken word passages that sound like the Moody Blues played at 16 rpm -- that sort of thing, the debut album by Sweden's Draconian is much better than many similar albums in this style. The seven-person band has a strong sense of both pacing and dynamics, which means that these eight lengthy tracks never bog down in repetitive riffing; the nearly 13-minute opener, "The Cry of Silence," manages to hold the listener's attention throughout, thanks to smartly deployed shifts in arrangement and tempo. Female singer Lisa Johannson is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Epic goth metal with some heavy '70s progressive elements Rick Wakeman-style keyboards, occasional interludes of softer, folk-like melodies, some spoken word passages that sound like the Moody Blues played at 16 rpm -- that sort of thing, the debut album by Sweden's Draconian is much better than many similar albums in this style. The seven-person band has a strong sense of both pacing and dynamics, which means that these eight lengthy tracks never bog down in repetitive riffing; the nearly 13-minute opener, "The Cry of Silence," manages to hold the listener's attention throughout, thanks to smartly deployed shifts in arrangement and tempo. Female singer Lisa Johannson is a perfect complement to her male counterpart, Anders Jacobsson, her warm mezzo-soprano tone adding a more interesting tonal shade than the usual faceless semi-operatic squealer who populates these bands. Check out her glorious, soaring interludes on "Silent Winter" in particular. Happily, Jacobsson's booming, dramatic voice only rarely delves into the Cookie Monster clich├ęs of Scandinavian metal, making him a better than average singer for the style as well, and the band as a whole does an excellent job of varying its attack.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Napalm
  • UPC: 693723229423
  • Catalog Number: 232294
  • Sales rank: 57,407

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Draconian Primary Artist
Anders Jacobsson Vocals
Lisa Johansson Vocals
Goat Vocals
Technical Credits
William Wordsworth Composer
Christian Silver Engineer, Mastering
Anders Jacobsson Composer
Cristophe Szpajdel Band Logo Design
Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartett Composer
Draconian Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Travis Smith Cover Art
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