01. The Drowning Age 02. The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight 03. End Of The Rope 04. Elysian Night 05. Deadlight 06. Dead World Assembly 07. A Phantom Dissonance 08. The Quiet Storm 09. The Death Of Hours 10. Wall Of Sighs [bonus]
Additional info Available as limited digipak with bonus track and A2 poster.
A video was made for the song "The Last Hour of Ancient Sunlight".
Recorded at Dead Dog Farm Studios by Johan Ericson
Drums recorded at Studio Mega by Johan Örnborg
Vocals recorded at Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren.
Produced by Johan Ericson, co-produced by Jens Bogren and Johan Örnborg
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.
Music written by Johan Ericson and Draconian
Lyrics written by Anders Jacobsson apart from "End of the Rope" and "The Death of Hours" written by Anders Jacobsson and Erik Arvidsson and "Elysian Night" written by Anders Jacobsson and Johan Ericson.
Artwork by Seth Siro Anton
Band photography by Linda Åkerberg.
Quote in "Dead World Assembly" taken from the poem" Earth's Answer".
Quote in "The Death of Hours" taken from the poem "Unforgotten".
Sample in "Elysian Night "from a reading of "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats.
Being around since 1994, Draconian is one of those bands that had to be patient so as to see their visions come true and it wasn't until 2003 when their melodic gothic doom/death metal debut came to the surface. Despite their heavy influences from pioneering acts with personal sound (Theatre Of Tragedy, Katatonia, Paradise Lost to name the more dominant ones) they managed through their inspirational/emotional status and persuading performance to reach the hearts of the aforementioned scene's audience and create quite a buzz around them.
Whenever I hear Draconian playing, I feel a bag of mixed feelings: calm but heavy, deep and majestic. And especially something I don't feel with many bands... chills all over my spine. And that for me is priceless.
The first time I heard this album it didn't hit me exactly like I was expecting. Fortunately, what I thought of the album upon my first listen has been completely changed with the subsequent hearings. Now I put it at a high level of excellence, at the level of previous Draconian works. It brings them a more mature sound, but with the same geniality and force as ever, clearly showing that they are a top gothic/doom metal act with merit.
I hope they will come back to their roots, they are slowly losing their "doomish" touch. Turning Seasons Within was an average, unoriginal and boring gothic metal album. There was always the same lame synth ambient sounds in the background, the same guitar sound with not much change in the pace or anything whatsoever. The atmosphere that you have in songs like Death, Come Near Me or Heaven Laid In Tears was totally absent. I don't have high hopes for this one but maybe they will pull off something more like their début or Arcane Rain Fell ( The Burning Halo was also great).
The Drowning Age is excellent! It has surpassed Death, Come Near Me as my favorite Draconian song. It is definitely more doom than TSW. It's my favorite Draconian album, and will more than likely be my album of the year!
"A new light will shine on our souls"
The Last Hour of Ancient Sunlight is easily the weakest on the album imo.
Did't like it that much, they are losing a lot of their songwriting skills and atmosphere for the sake of being simple and accessible and the same go for there doom touch, actually some parts of there album remember me of new theatre of tragedy .