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Draconian

Formed: 1994
From: Säffle, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Draconian News

Below is our complete Draconian news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Draconian Recruits New Singer

After a long period of searching, gothic/doom band Draconian has finally issued a statement regarding the recruitment of South African singer Heike Langhans into its ranks. Below is the statement:

"It has been nearly a year since last we braced the stages and said our goodbyes to Lisa. We had no intent of collecting dust and taking up old man's hobbies, so we set out to find a new female singer. For a band such as Draconian, this is no easy task and quite possibly the reason it has taken what seems to be ages. We thank our friends and fans greatly for their patience and a great thanks to everyone who took the time to apply for the position. We rifled through more than a hundred applications from countries far and wide and ended up finding a suitable singer in the most unexpected country of them all."

"The Horde is pleased to announce our newest member, Heike Langhans - all the way from South Africa. She has since relocated to Sweden in order to join the band and has fit it superbly. She's a true doomster at heart and brings an even greater emotional flair to our sound. Our journey thus continues and writing for the new album has already begun. As Fall approaches, we ready ourselves for some serious rehearsal, recording and tour planning. We look forward to seeing you all out there again!"

Heike visited Lisa's flower shop and got the former Draconian singer's blessing in a message posted on the band's Facebook wall. Below is a statement that Heike has made about joining the band: More...

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Draconian Searching For Female Singer

Swedish gothic/doom band Draconian are searching for a new female singer following the departure of Lisa Johansson in November of 2011. The band posted the following on its official Facebook Page:

"Since Lisa left the band we are as you know searching for a new brilliant singer to take her place. If you think you're woman enough to fill her shoes or if you know someone who could, please contact us. As we live and rehearse in Säffle in Sweden it's necessary that you either live close by or don't have a problem with traveling. ; ) This is a serious question so please, only serious suggestions. Hails!"

The band's latest LP "A Rose for the Apocalypse" was released in June 2011 through Napalm Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location).

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Draconian Posts New Video Clip

Gothic doom act Draconian has posted a video clip online for the song "The Last Hour of Ancient Sunlight," which can be viewed below. The track is off the new album "A Rose for the Apocalypse," which will be released on June 24th, 2011 through Napalm Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Drowning Age (7:18)
2. The Last Hour Ancient Sunlight (5:26)
3. End Of The Rope (6:34)
4. Elysian Night (7:52)
5. Deadlight (6:32)
6. Dead World Assembly (5:52)
7. A Phantom Dissonance (5:39)
8. The Quiet Storm (6:37)
9. The Death Of Hours (7:48)
10. Wall Of Sighs (5:14)

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Metalhit.com Offering New Free Compilation

Metal Maniacs and Metalhit.com are offering up the newest installment of their free monthly metal compilation for download worldwide. Metalhit.com owner Mike Riddick comments:

“What’s unique about these monthly compilations is that they feature as-of-yet unreleased tracks. Fans can get the latest from metal’s greatest labels...days-to-weeks before their official release!”

The latest compilation includes free downloadable tracks from: Exhumed, Sepultura, Baring Teeth, Amnis Nihili, Hands, Draconian, Cannabis Corpse, Morta Skuld, and Moon.

Visitors to Metalhit’s site may also enter to win a free copy of Exhumed's latest CD, “All Guts, No Glory” courtesy of Relapse Records.

The compilation can be downloaded by heading over to this location.

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Draconian Reveals Details For Upcoming Album

Swedish goth metal act Draconian has revealed the release date and tracklisting for its forthoming full length album. The new release, titled "A Rose For The Apocalypse," will hit store shelves on June 24, 2011 through Napalm Records. You can view the album's track list below as well as check out a new track, "The Last Hour Ancient Sunlight."

1. The Drowning Age (7:18)
2. The Last Hour Ancient Sunlight (5:26)
3. End Of The Rope (6:34)
4. Elysian Night (7:52)
5. Deadlight (6:32)
6. Dead World Assembly (5:52)
7. A Phantom Dissonance (5:39)
8. The Quiet Storm (6:37)
9. The Death Of Hours (7:48)
10. Wall Of Sighs (5:14)

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Xandria To Play Metal Female Voices Festival

Xandria is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming Metal Female Voices festival, which is set to take place in Belgium from October 21st - 23rd.

Other confirmed bands for the festival include Therion, Doro, Battlelore, Stream of Passion, Deadlock, Amaranthe, Draconian, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found by heading over to this location.

Footage is also available of Xandria performing live with the band's new vocalist Manuela Kraller here.

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Draconian To Release New Album

Draconian will be releasing a new album titled "A Rose for the Apocalypse" this summer through Napalm Records. The band commented on the upcoming release:

"We are sorry for keeping the lid on during the writing and recording process of this album. It has been a quite hard route, at least for me, to get things right and in order. I guess, most art is flowing without restraint and changes during the time of its construction, and sometimes even the artist him/herself needs time to comprehend it.

"Jens Bogren of Fascination Street sprinkled his magic over the songs during the production- and mixing process and each and every song found its way. We are grateful to have such a committed producer and we can only feel blessed by the experience to once again have made another album reality at Fascination Street.

"The new album is called A Rose for the Apocalypse and deals with a vast dilemma we’re all facing as one species; the horrors and contradictions we’ve created in our ‘nature-divorced’ system. The title refers to the collapse of this structure, built by mindless human opinion. It also refers to the necessity of its demise. We are trying to capture the gloom of its realization. I don’t know if we’d want to call this a conceptual album, but most songs certainly deal with the same topic in one way or the other. I’ve reached a point in my life when my eyes remain open."

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Kivimetsan Druidi To Play Metal Female Voices

Kivimetsan Druidi has issued the following announcement about performing at the 2011 edition of the Metal Female Voices festival in Belgium:

"Hello everybody! We are proud to announce that Kivimetsän Druidi has been confirmed to play at Metal Female Voices Fest IX in Wieze, Belgium on 21-22-23/10/2011. We played there in 2009 and it was really such a great experience. The line-up for IX festival seems absolutely awesome.

"The other bands there will be among others Therion, Doro, Leave's Eyes, Trail Of Tears, Diabulus In Musica, Draconian and Visions Of Atlantis."

You can find additional information on the Metal Female Voices Festival at this location.

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More Bands Confirmed For Metal Female Voices

Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following update about playing at the 2011 edition of Belgium's Metal Female Voices festival:

"Leaves' Eyes will return to MFVF in 2011! We are happy to announce that Leaves' Eyes is confirmed to play on saturday 22nd at MFVF in Wieze/Belgium. The set list will include also material from the upcoming record."

The currently confirmed acts include: Amaranthe, Leaves' Eyes, Therion, Draconian, Hanging Doll, Visions of Atlantis, Midnattsol, Echoterra, Benedictum, Nemhain, Deadlock, Trail of Tears, and Stream of Passion.

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Draconian Confirms Festival Appearance

Doom metal act Draconian has confirmed its apperance for the forthcoming editions of the Metal Female Voices Fest. The festival is set to take place between October 21-23, 2011 in Wieze, Belgium.

The confirmed festival line-up is as follows:
BENEDICTUM
DRACONIAN
ECHOTERRA
HANGING DOLL
MIDNATTSOL
NEMHAIN
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

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Draconian Cancels Turkish Show

Sweden's Draconian had previously announced the scheduled show in Turkey would be postponed. Vocalist Anders Jacobsson has now checked in with the following update about the tour date being officially canceled:

"Without going into too much detail we can now disclose that the Turkey show is finally canceled due to bad promotion and communication. We are really sorry for this, for our fans and ourselves, and hope for patience 'til we see each other at another point; rather sooner than later. Doom on and keep the flame alive."

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Draconian Postpones Turkish Show

Swedish gothic metallers Draconian have checked in with the following announcement about postponing their previously announced tour date in Turkey:

"Due to the volcanic eruptions the severe flight disruptions keeps us from doing the show on Thursday. The show will be postponed. The promoters has yet not responded to our former demands for this show to happen. Know that the new show-date (May 8 or 18) is NOT confirmed until we say so. Our booking agent has not given Turkey the final OK yet, yet they have made it official. The promoters are acting quite strange in handling this whole deal. To be sure of any further information, await updates shortly from me or another member of Draconian. Thank you for your patience."

Draconian also recently announced that the band is in the process of writing a new album. Additional details about the release date and album title will be announced as they are made available.

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Draconian Working On New Album

Swedish gothic metallers Draconian have posted a brief update on their MySpace page stating that they have begun the writing process for an upcoming new full-length album. More information on the recording process, release date, and album title will be announced as it is made available. In the meantime you can check out sample Draconian tracks through their official MySpace page.

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Draconian Issues Band Update

Draconian has issued the following statement about their lack of updates:

"Dear friends, we are aware things has been silent for a while, and that the possible development of the bands' progress has been kept from the limelight. There hasn't been much to tell really. Things has been standing still for a while due to different aspects and circumstances, which I guess, in after-thought, was necessary. Now, however, we are about to rise from the half-light.

"We are currently working quite diligently for Draconian to enter the second decade of this new millennium with a boost. Already, things are happening and we are doing our very best to follow up on everything we need in order for the band to stay in peoples hearts. You can expect us to ring out loud for the year to come. More to follow. Thank you for being patient and understanding."

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Draconian Posts Live Video Clip Online

Draconian has posted a live video clip online, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip:

"Dear friends! We'd like to share this liveclip from Rivne, Ukraine with you which turned out pretty well considering the circumstances. We'd love to have good video footage from the wonderful Kiev show as well, but unfortunately we didn't have the same possibility as with the Rivne set-up the day before.

"The gig was cool, and the arrangers were dedicated, kind and considerate. The whole Ukrainian experience was indeed unforgettable, with lots of laughs, great beer, long nights and nice dedicated people... Just as it should be! :) The organizers for this particular event wanted to immortalize the Draconian experience for their industrial town, and this is the result." More...

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Draconian Posts Live Video Clip Online

Sweden's Draconian has posted a live video clip of the song "Bloodflower," which was performed during a show in Israel. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Bands Confirmed For Madrid Is The Dark Fest 2009

The 2009 edition of the Madrid Is The Dark festival will take place at Ritmo y Compas in Madrid, Spain on Septemeber 11th and 12th.

The currently confirmed bands for the festival are Draconian, Autumnal, Officium Triste, Proccess of Guilt, and Isole.

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Bands Announced For 2009 Wave Gothik Treffen

The 2009 Wave Gothik Treffen festival will take place from May 29th - June 1st in Leipzig, Germany. The current confirmed bands for the festival are as follows: More...

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Novembers Doom Announce DVD Release Date

Novembers Doom has announced the release date of their first DVD entitled, "The Novella Vosselaar : Live in Belgium", for August 5th. The show was recorded on November 10th, 2007 in Vosselaar, Belgium at the Biebob. The set list covered material from most of the band's current and back catalog, ranging from the fast and heavy, to the slow ballad, the set was chosen to cover all aspects of their musical directions.

Singer Paul Kuhr said that the DVD, '"The Novella Vosselaar : Live in Belgium", is "a perfect way for fans all over the world to experience Novembers Doom live, who may not have had the opportunity to attend a performance, or for those who wish to enjoy the live atmosphere in the comfort of home."

Also, Novembers Doom has re-released two of their albums with bonus tracks, the albums being, "Amid its Hollowed Mirth", and "Of Sculptured Ivy and Stone Flowers". Bonus tracks on "Amid its Hollowed Mirth" are "Scarification", "Winter Solstice", Mammaliferous Earth", and "Crown of Thorns"; the bonus tracks on "Of Sculptured Ivy and Stone Flowers" are soft versions of "For Every Leaf That Falls" and "Forever With Unopened Eye".


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