With the release of Draconian's fourth album, "A Rose for the Apocalypse", the agonizing wait comes to an end. The formation revolving around top-notch vocalists Anders Jacobsson and Lisa Johansson once again delivers first-class songs that continue to prove the band's supremacy within the darkly genre. The album opener is more than enough to forget the holdup, as it combines the band's strengths better than ever before. Massive guitars, heavy drums, melancholic melodies, deep growls, and enchanting female vocals are all part of this obscure symbiosis uniting gothic metal and doom. The lyrics also march to the somber tune. Titles such as "The Last Hour of Ancient Sunlight" and "Dead World Assembly" provide a very direct insight into the inner workings of the tracks' protagonists. "A Rose for the Apocalypse" was recorded at the renowned Fascination Street Studios (Katatonia, Opeth, Paradise Lost) under the guidance of Jens Bogren, whose expertise allows each track to achieve its ultimate sound potential. Draconian delivers a hypnotic soundtrack of apocalyptic proportions. Never before has the End of Days sounded off with such magnificence!
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I'm a grown man and the perfect beautiful melancholy of this album makes me cry a little bit every time. It's the dark beauty of someone literally singing her own requiem.
The fact that we lost this singer at such a young age is a great tragedy and I will never hear her live... Klumpen
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How does this band continue to maintain such consistent greatness? Nothing is out of place, every song has been given the Be'lakor songwriting treatment. Honestly amazing and exhilarating to watch the band's progression. Also contains my all-time favorite Be'lakor moment: the change up at 6:30 in "An Ember's Arc" till the end is just humbling to hear. An insane 3rd straight melodeath classic by this band. bcb723
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Epic black metal from New Zealand. I have listened to this many times indeed! If it was vinyl, it would be near to wearing out & starting to sound crackly! The contrasts of the vocals in the singing are amazing. Every song is fantastic so I simply cannot choose a favourite... :) It is shame that Chloe Bray left the band but I am warming to her replacement & hope to hear a new full album soon! Very highly recommended!!! bmurator