1. A Scenery of Loss
2. Daylight Misery
3. The Apostasy Canticle
4. Expostulation
5. Heaven laid in Tears (Angels' Lament)
6. The abhorrent Rays
7. The everlasting Scar
8. Death, come near me

  Anders Jacobsson - vocals
Lisa Johansson - vocals
Johan Ericson - lead and rhythm guitars
Magnus Bergström - lead and rhythm guitars
Jesper Stolpe - bass guitar
Andreas Karlsson - synthesizer and programming
Jerry Torstensson – drums

DRACONIAN: "Arcane Rain fell"      draconian        


Recorded and produced at Studio Underground in September 2004 by Pelle Saether and Draconian. Mastered at Talor Maid by Peter in de Betou. Musical compositions created by Johan Ericson. Lyrical concept and achievements by Anders Jacobsson & Erik Arvidsson except "Expostulation", written by Ryan Henry. Vocal arrangements by Anders Jacobsson and Johan Ericson. All songs arranged by Johan Ericson and Draconian 2003 - 2004. Coverart and layout by Travis Smith.

The burning Halo
Where Lovers mourn

review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____   


Miracle under the rain.  Blood flows in anger and elegance from the sepulchral melancholy

Miracle under the rain. Draconian, the band who  created the  arrogant, bombastic and moaning album "Where Lovers mourn" , comes back with a well balanced Dark/Goth/Doom metal full of pathos. This is a miracle, isn't it! But it is also the sign that this band is able to learn and has understood that, there was the need  to work better  and to feel much more inside. Arcane Rain Fell is enough impressive, not very varied, but surely one of the best dark/gothic albums  with a funereal yet  forceful atmosphere .  In this case , the right word  is : intense!  Draconian have delivered a very  gloomy album which is extremely intense and emotional. Landscapes of loss and lamentation soaked with Gothic/Doom sorrow. The equilibrium between Anders' growls and the female voice is optimal, while the music remains mainly essential, though enhanced by a touch of imposing contour. This is to say that all bombastic inutilities have been banned. We have just pain and desolation in foreground. Rainy solitude , rainy passages of piano, bursts of mighty guitar riffs, pitiless and evil grunts, eruption of double bass drumming, slow, doomy , mystic and fearful backgrounds that add a sinister demoniac presence, like happens for example in The Apostasy Canticle. Though Draconian exploit some  well known modules of  the dark depressive gothic metal (male-female vocals , melancholic melodies alternating with hard guitar riffs and bass drums, touches of piano, desperate loops -just hear Angels' lament-), they propose anyway something of great quality and elegance. And intense indeed. And decently dynamic, in order to escape from boredom or banality. The abhorrent Rays is my favorite track, in this song  Draconian meet Rapture, Before the Dawn and Throes of Dawn developing a personal expression. Moreover, in this track,  the female vocals get  a limited space  but they appear absolutely natural without that usual  and a bit forced elegiac "look" . This song is the crown of a good done album, which  opens with a well impacting A Scenery of Loss. The fans of depressive dark metal, or simply all those who  love the anguish story of the fallen angels,  cannot miss the suggestive and assertive atmospheres of "Arcane Rain fell" . Assertive because the temperament awakes under the sepulchral desperation, like in  Daylight Misery or  The Apostasy Canticle) , the blood flows again in anger and passion. The album closes with the very (too) long (15:14) Death come near me, that reminds me of the ambitious empty moaning of the past, but it's also true that Death come near me (originally recorded on the 2002 demo Dark Oceans we cry)  has instrumental  moments of deep beauty and increasing unstoppable riffing, and intervals more focused on the vocals, far from bombastic sound-scape.

All the congratulations spent for "Where Lovers mourn" should be directed actually to "Arcane Rain fell", in spite of the fact that this album is not  innovative for sure.  But , as told before, this album is empowered by emotions and incredible elegance, it is obscure,  supported by a flawless production (the CD was recorded under Pelle Saether's direction ). Played well, sung well with good taste and melancholic strong melodies . Bonjour powerful "tristesse" and romanticism ! 

rating:   8.6/10

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