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Draconian: Turning Season Within

The Swedish gothic-doom-death metal merchants Draconian are back with their 4th release, the powerful and dramatic Turning Season Within. If you've followed the career of this band, even back to their days as Kerberos in the early 90's, this latest is really going to bring a smile to your face. With all the acts that have a bit of gothic touch to their music, it's perhaps Draconian who offer something a tad different, their ability to mix doom & death metal styles into their music, as well as symphonic rock, really works wonders, and the meshing of gorgeous female vocals with brutal death metal growls & grunts is highly effective. With nine songs clocking in at over 50 minutes, there are plenty of lengthy numbers here that are epic in both scope and sound. You can't go wrong with massive sounding pieces such as "When I Wake", "Earthbound", and the moody & atmospheric crusher "Morphine Cloud". The use of keyboards and acoustic passages only adds to the dramatic effect here, providing plenty of atmosphere within these otherwise heavy tracks. Perhaps no song encompasses all these elements more than "The Empty Stare", a song with huge guitar riffs, angelic female vocals, Anders Jacobsson's monstrous growls, and waves of keyboards.

It's majestic, it's classy, but most of all it's damn heavy & crushing. Turning Season Within is ultimately another winner for Draconian-check it out.

Track Listing
1. Seasons Apart 06:31
2. When I Wake 05:49
3. Earthbound 08:10
4. Not Breathing 05:38
5. The Failure Epiphany 06:20
6. Morphine Cloud 07:32
7. Bloodflower 05:31
8. The Empty Stare 05:46
9. September Ashes 01:10
Total playing time 52:31

Added: February 6th 2008
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Draconian Website
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Language: english

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