Contrary to many of their peers, DRACONIAN‘s sound has remained steadfast to its origins, in particular, the powerful vocal growls of Anders Jakobsson. This is one of the band’s defining and most unique features, along with newcomer female vocalist Heike Langhans sensitively interwoven melodies. These Swedish Gothic Metallers have premiered a new lyric-video from the upcoming album entitled SOVRAN, which is ready to enthrall on October 30th worldwide!
“Rivers Between Us” is the new track that is being premiered exclusively at RevolverMag.com, the online home of Revolver Magazine. Check out the video HERE.
The beginning of Sweden’s DRACONIAN can be traced back to May 1994, when Johan Ericson (drums, vocals), Andy Hindenäs (guitars) and Jesper Stolpe (bass, vocals) joined forces as KERBEROS, a melodic heavy/death metal ensemble with black metal influences. Seven months later, lead vocalist and poet Anders Jacobsson joined the band, which then changed its name to what it is today.
Over the next months, DRACONIAN worked diligently on new material that eventually found its way to their first demo Shades of a Lost Moon which was released in February 96. At the end of January 1997, DRACONIAN recorded their second demo, In Glorious Victory. Unfortunately, the band quickly grew discontent with the sound quality of the recording and decided not to release it. In early August 1999, DRACONIAN entered Studio Kuling to record The Closed Eye of Paradise, an album that dealt with the mystical dark theme of Lucifer and his fallen angels, the true face of God, and the forthcoming battle.
Unfortunately, the recording, suffering from a bad production, was again not up to DRACONIAN’s high standards and was not released before 2000, after the band had completed various improvements to the original recording.
DRACONIAN began concentrating on creating something fresh and unique. Their sound became slower, darker, and doomier. The material that ensued guided DRACONIAN in a different direction. Their 2-track promo Frozen Features was made available on the Internet, as well as in CD format. A final demo was recorded in the summer of 2002 featuring the vocal talents of Lisa Johansson for the first time. Dark Oceans We Cry paved the final way for DRACONIAN to transcend out of the unknown and into the limelight. The demo received outstanding reviews and the band signed a long-awaited record deal with NAPALM RECORDS.