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Release date: 20 October 2003
Style: Gothic doom metal


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01. The Cry Of Silence
02. Silent Winter
03. A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
04. The Solitude
05. Reversio ad Secessum
06. The Amaranth
07. Akherousia
08. It Grieves My Heart

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Anders Jacobsson - vocals
Lisa Johansson - vocals
Andreas Karlsson - synthesizers, programming
Johan Ericson - guitars
Magnus "Bergis" Bergström - guitars
Jerry Torstensson - drums, percussion, guitars
Thomas Jäger - bass

Additional musicians:
Olof Götlin - violins

Additional info
Recorded at Studio Mega in June 2003.
Produced by Chris Silver and Draconian.
Mastered at the Digitalfabriken.

Songs composed by Johan Ericson and Draconian between 2000 and 2003, except "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal" made by Bergström and Jäger.

Guitars on "Akherousia" written and performed by Jerry Torstensson.

All songs arranged by Draconian.
Lyrics written by Anders Jacobsson, except "The Solitude", written by Susanne Arvidsson and "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal" written by poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Tracks 1 and 4 are re-recordings of tracks from the 2000 Frozen Features EP.

Guest review by

Something that makes doom metal very unique is slow tempos. It gives the music a certain emotion that makes man feel that he is floating. He drifts away from reality to a point where he feels that he's on the verge of death. Deep grunts cause depressing emotions to circulate man's veins. The slow tempos alter his mind's state of consciousness. Violins cause his spirit to depart from his body. Finally, the clean female vocals grow goose bumps on his skin while slowing down his blood circulation. Eventually, man closes his eyes. After the last second of the CD passes, man feels DOOMED. That is the atmosphere Where Lovers Mourn creates. This is mostly apparent on the tracks "The Cry Of Silence", "Reversio Ad Secessum", and "It Grieves My Heart".

published 12.07.2009 | Comments (16)

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Vonpire - 06.06.2011 at 16:46  
Rating: 10 Draconian!!!!! \oo/
serega25 - 06.06.2011 at 19:43  
Rating: 10 Silent Winter is great!!!:banger:
Sojgenske - 15.08.2011 at 22:55  
Rating: 9 Great debut album !
But I think they've kinda ruined the track "The Solitude" here.
The version on the "Frozen Features" EP is imo a lot better, dispite to the poor sound quality.
musicalkaratekid - 17.04.2012 at 01:45  
Rating: 8 I'm currently a big fan of Draconian. I've now listened to all their studio albums, but for the moment this one seems to be their best in my opinion. There is so much variety in this album, from the absolutely epic 'The cry of silence' (You'd be forgiven for thinking it was influenced by the MDB song of a similar name), to the death metal leanings of 'Silent winter' and the sorrowfully enhanced 'It grieves my heart', which serves as a brilliant closer to the album. The female vocals work very well, even on the fully acoustic 'Akherousia', even though the song itself seems to be a fifth wheel compared to how significant the other tracks are. A great way to start if you're interested in modern gothic doom metal.

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