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Release date: 24 June 2011
Style: Gothic doom metal


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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]

The best Gothic Metal album of 2011

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (10)

Anders Jacobsson - vocals
Lisa Johansson - vocals
Johan Ericson - guitars
Daniel Arvidsson - guitars
Jerry Torstensson - drums
Fredrik Johansson (I) - bass

Additional musicians:
Olof Gothlin - violin

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.

Staff review by

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.

published 02.09.2011 | Comments (82)

Guest review by

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.

published 29.09.2011 | Comments (68)

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Roro - 16.03.2010 at 17:18  
  Count me in!
Powerslavex - 17.03.2010 at 00:01  
  Exited !
DRACONIAN_ - 17.03.2010 at 18:33  
  Can't wait xd plzzzzzzzzzzzz hury up guys
Behdad K - 18.03.2010 at 19:02  
Rating: 8 After the release of Dark TRanquillity's "We are the void" I had no other wishes but Draconian's new album and now I'm completely excited!
Draconian rules!
advent - 29.03.2010 at 00:18  
Rating: 6 December ,,,how can i wait that much,,,,oh man

anyway take as long as you need to make an awesome album...i have trust in u
ravendeath - 23.05.2010 at 02:27  
Rating: 8 Make it to happen!!!
Prisoner - 24.07.2010 at 23:16  
  Can't wait!!
Wishmaster - 05.09.2010 at 15:54  
  Can't wait either! haha
black sorrow - 09.10.2010 at 03:35  
  I can wait if that album contains song like death come near me
Blasphemer1992 - 07.11.2010 at 11:34  
  O guys pleas hurry up, I can't wait!!
ramin - 29.12.2010 at 09:33  
  Can't wait !
ramin - 03.01.2011 at 14:35  
MetallicA_3 - 06.01.2011 at 02:03  
  Cant w8 ya welad el klb
Umideath - 16.02.2011 at 18:42  
Rating: 8 Just 1 Month ....!
rimia - 11.03.2011 at 20:08  
  It seems there's mistake here because in their official site they it will release in this spring not Dec

"Draconian is entering the studio in early November to begin the recording of their new yet untitled album. Expect a spring 2011 release"
Natassja - 09.04.2011 at 12:22  
Rating: 6 Truly, I didn't like the album title at all.
Anyway, Anders said it would be way heavier and darker than 'Turning Season Within'... I can't wait to hear it!
Behdad K - 10.04.2011 at 13:55  
Rating: 8
Written by Umideath on 16.02.2011 at 18:42

Just 1 Month ....!

Actually almost 2 months!

Looking forward to the album.
I think it's gonna be a great album.
serega25 - 10.04.2011 at 15:55  
Rating: 9 I so want!:banger2:
ramin - 10.04.2011 at 19:13  
DRACONIAN_ - 15.04.2011 at 03:55  
  YES .....:banger::banger::banger:
SceneryOfLoss - 15.04.2011 at 14:50  
Rating: 8 Can't wait \m/ It'll be an awesome work surely :-)
Bedeadorsatanic - 19.04.2011 at 22:52  
Rating: 10 Shit ! cant wait..............
InnerSelf - 27.04.2011 at 16:09  
Rating: 7 How about a new song

MechanisT - 30.04.2011 at 13:24  
  Sounds weaker than TSW...still good.
DorianGray - 23.05.2011 at 18:15  
  Mhm ! give now !

Though the new song is not as strong as their earlier work ..
mhm well I will still buy the album
serega25 - 29.05.2011 at 22:33  
Rating: 9 Good song
Entropy - 04.06.2011 at 15:20  
Rating: 7 20 more days!!!!
Cassian - 05.06.2011 at 07:42  
  Can't waitttttttttttttt
Vonpire - 06.06.2011 at 21:15  
Rating: 10 This wait is killing me
advent - 09.06.2011 at 21:16  
Rating: 6 Hasn't leaked yet ?
Jason W. - 10.06.2011 at 07:14  
Rating: 7 Already pre-ordered this from Napalm along with Stream Of Passion's disc, and am hoping to receive them a few days before their release, as is the normal arrival time of their shipments to the US.
Draugen - 15.06.2011 at 13:43  
Rating: 7 Pre-ordered from Napalm as soon as I could. I can barely wait to get my hands on it and I'm sure that Draconian won't disappoint me.
advent - 20.06.2011 at 08:14  
Rating: 6 4 days left !!;D
Assassiyoun - 24.06.2011 at 01:10  
Rating: 6 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).
burnmeupinside - 24.06.2011 at 03:58  
Rating: 10 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.
lolkek - 24.06.2011 at 14:32  
  Masterpiece. Finally an album you wait years for and don't get disappointed.
Blasphemer1992 - 24.06.2011 at 15:32  
  What a atmosphere !!
Night Sight - 24.06.2011 at 15:58  
  I heard the new song
but i want the whole album
In Bone Factory - 24.06.2011 at 20:46  
Rating: 9 " End Of The Rope" Woooow \m/
Cassian - 25.06.2011 at 08:39  
Powerslavex - 25.06.2011 at 11:57  
  At last!! now i can commit suicide
Bedeadorsatanic - 25.06.2011 at 13:07  
Rating: 10 Amazing.......................................
Cassian - 25.06.2011 at 15:22  
  Do you guys think this album somewhat comes nearer to melodic death doom metal?
Natassja - 26.06.2011 at 02:24  
Rating: 6 Please, bring the old Draconian back!
Evilquince - 26.06.2011 at 02:53  
Rating: 8 Reminds me of Swallow the Sun at times, beautiful album
Susan - 26.06.2011 at 06:36  
Rating: 9 Wow. This is one of the most delicious albums I've heard all year.
JÄY - 26.06.2011 at 09:25  
Rating: 8
Written by Cassian on 25.06.2011 at 15:22

Do you guys think this album somewhat comes nearer to melodic death doom metal?

havnt listened yet... but thats a) what I'm hoping for and b) what I'm expecting, due to the rating
Vikingr - 26.06.2011 at 09:28  
  I am so jacked up for this, got it tonight and am about to give it my first listen:)
advent - 26.06.2011 at 11:22  
Rating: 6 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 .
Cassian - 26.06.2011 at 13:16  
Written by JÄY on 26.06.2011 at 09:25

Written by Cassian on 25.06.2011 at 15:22

Do you guys think this album somewhat comes nearer to melodic death doom metal?

havnt listened yet... but thats a) what I'm hoping for and b) what I'm expecting, due to the rating

I was looking forward to something similar to Turning Seasons Within, but the fact that they are leaning towards a more death doom sound makes it surprisingly amazing. And I love it.

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