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Release date: 1995
Style: Gothic metal, Death doom metal


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Disc I
01. Enchantment
02. Hallowed Land
03. The Last Time
04. Forever Failure
05. Once Solemn
06. Shadowkings
07. Elusive Cure
08. Yearn For Change
09. Shades Of God
10. Hands Of Reason
11. I See Your Face
12. Jaded
13. Walk Away [The Sisters Of Mercy cover] [bonus]
14. Laid to Waste [bonus]
15. Master of Misrule [bonus]
16. How Soon Is Now [2002 Re-release bonus]
17. Fear [2002 Re-release bonus]

Disc II Limited Edition Commemorative Tour Pack
01. Embers Fire [live]
02. Daylight Torn [live]
03. True Belief [live]
04. Pity The Sadness [live]
05. As I Die [live]
06. Weeping Words [demo]
07. The Last Time [demo]
08. Walk Away [The Sisters Of Mercy cover]
09. Laid To Waste
10. Master Of Misrule
11. Forever Failure [Video edit version]

Draconian Times (2011 Legacy Edition)
Disc I
01. Enchantment
02. Hallowed Land
03. The Last Time
04. Forever Failure
05. Once Solemn
06. Shadow Kings
07. Elusive Cure
08. Yearn for Change
09. Shades of God
10. Hands of Reason
11. See Your Face
12. Jaded
13. Enchantment [demo] [bonus]
14. Last Desire [demo] [bonus]
15. Forever Failure [bonus]
16. Shadow Kings [bonus]
17. Once Solemn [bonus]
18. Hallowed Land [bonus]
19. The Last Time [bonus]

01. ''Draconian Times'' in 5.1 Mix
+ Forever Failure [video]
+ The Last Time [video]
+ Hallowed Land [video]
+ 16 pages booklet including liner notes from the band and exclusive new artwork [Regular jewel case version]
+ 36 pages booklet including liner notes from the band and exclusive new artwork [A5 digibook version]

Top 20 albums of 1995: 9
Top 200 albums of all time: 90

Lyrics (15)

Nick Holmes - vocals
Gregor Mackintosh - guitars
Aaron Aedy - guitars
Lee Morris - drums
Stephen Edmondson - bass

Session musicians
Andrew Holdsworth - keyboards

Additional info
Label: Music for Nations

Recorded at Great Linford Manor and Ridge Farm Studios.
Produced by Simon Efemey.
Engineered by Pete "Pee Wee" Coleman.
Assisted by Andy Griffin, Phil Wood and Phil Luff.
Mixed by Simon Efemey and Pete "Pee Wee" Coleman.
Mastered by Kevin Metealfe at Townhouse Studios, London.

Choir arrangements by the Guildford Dead Boys Choir.

Spoken dialogue on "Forever Failure" from "Charles Manson - The Man Who Killed The Sixties" produced by Box Productions for Channel Four Television Corporation.

2011 re-mastering and the 5.1 mix on the audio tracks by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden for Northern Music Co. Ltd.

Guest review by

For a few years, the "happy folks" of Paradise Lost were used to making excellent albums such as Shades Of God or Icon, but nothing could really prepare us to this nuclear bomb, Draconian Times. This album, released in 1995, is, more than a confirmation, a real coup d?etat in the metal world: every listening, every note is a perpetual rediscovery. Tracks like 'Hallowed Land', 'Elusive Cure' or 'Forever Failure' exhale such beauty that there are no exact words to describe the emotion they make us feel.

published 02.09.2003 | Comments (17)

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deadone - 22.01.2014 at 01:47  
Rating: 9 I thought it was Gothic Metal?

Certainly no Death Doom - the vocals are Hetfield-esque at their heaviest and certainly not Death growls.
Unhealer - 22.01.2014 at 02:06  
Rating: 9
Written by LordHypnos on 22.01.2014 at 01:33

Is this album really Doom Metal? Once Solemn sounds very positive to me (I'm not saying that it's bad).

Not doom nor death, plain gothic metal. There are still hints of doom but I wouldn't tag this as such.
deadone - 08.05.2014 at 09:40  
Rating: 9 This album is pure bliss. Nearly every song is memorable and well written. Sound is great.

Really it's nearly perfect.

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