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Draconian - Sovran



8.5 | 443 votes |
Release date: 30 October 2015
Style: Gothic doom metal

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01. Heavy Lies The Crown
02. The Wretched Tide
03. Pale Tortured Blue
04. Stellar Tombs
05. No Lonelier Star
06. Dusk Mariner
07. Dishearten
08. Rivers Between Us [feat. Daniel Änghede]
09. The Marriage Of Attaris
10. With Love And Defiance [bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2015: 8

Guest review by
The Massenger
Rating:
9.0
After four years of waiting, mixed feedback for A Rose For The Apocalypse, and a lot of ups and downs, including the departure of Lisa Johansson, many longtime Draconian fans may not have expected such a truly Draconian-sounding album. But the sad, Swedish metalheads showed in Sovran that they can still be seen as one of the best doom metal bands, and that those four years of waiting have not been in vain.

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published 20.05.2016 | Comments (8)

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17.01.2016 - 22:37
Rating: 7
Himedal

It's a good album but not as good as I expected from old Draconian. it's kinda too melodic and no riffs at all. I find a couple of song very good like Pale tortured Blue and Dishearten but the rest is boring. However Turning Seasons Within was also the same.

I miss those days when I would listen to Death Come near me and Cry of Silence for hundred times a day...
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What goes by is life to be taken
The doom calls upon the forsaken
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06.02.2016 - 10:06
serega25

Better then "A Rose ...", but not better then elder classic.
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06.02.2016 - 12:14
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Tage Westerlund
Written by serega25 on 06.02.2016 at 10:06

Better then "A Rose ...", but not better then elder classic.


it is, Heike is better singer as Liisa was
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13.02.2016 - 15:41
Rating: 9
Spacerunner

Really good and athmospheric release. Draconian is always in a creative search and I approve this approach.
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13.03.2016 - 21:03
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Spacerunner on 13.02.2016 at 15:41

Really good and athmospheric release. Draconian is always in a creative search and I approve this approach.


I agree, but Heikes voice is awesome, she creates another atmpsferere into it
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08.11.2016 - 02:37
Rating: 6
DeathMetal

Oh my god this was boring to listen to.
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12.12.2016 - 12:44
Rating: 8
M C Vice
ex-polydactyl
I think Pale Tortured Blue might have to be my 2nd favourite Draconian song.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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25.01.2017 - 16:10
Rating: 9
Vonpire

Written by Risto on 27.10.2015 at 22:21

Couldn't get past the 5th track... what an unimaginative snoozefest.


Yup, No loneier star is, for me , the worst track from Draconian ever.

And this album still very good, like all from Draconian, but no way near the perfection of Arcane, ARFTA and TSW
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Beware the Shadows of Dusk
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13.02.2017 - 10:10
Rating: 9
theembryo

Having the previous records (not demos or EP, though) I find no bad sounds in this release. Heike Langhans vocals are very well placed in lieu of Lisa Johansson. I am late coming into Sovran, but again, I enjoy this greatly.
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03.01.2018 - 03:59
SageBlackMetal

Dishearten is one of my favorite Draconian songs. The end is awesome. Also, "Rivers Between Us" reminds me of "She Dies". Something about the male and female vocals and the way Draconian uses them works really well. Solid album.
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28.09.2019 - 19:13
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Tage Westerlund
I knew it then, I know it now, its their best, its most doom, most all album. heike singing. vocals, she is the key, better as Lisa and also Anders sung less, she ddi it more, its as she is key singer. I listened this today and 1, 4 and 8 songs are best of their whole disco , uts amazing, more doom, calmer, less dead elements there. I like it and it will be their best unless new album whenever its out brakes it
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14.05.2020 - 09:17
Rating: 10
gloomydoom

This is a favorite of mine. At first I really missed Lisa Johansson's voice. After a second listen, Heike Langhans's vocals grew on me and I found her to be a very emotional vocalist.
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07.10.2022 - 14:36
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Lisa was such an amazing vocalist but I can't say I really missed her vocals on this, because Heike is such an amazing vocalist aswel, they both bring something different, a different kind of emotion and passion, and each bring a whole different vibe to the bands style sound. However I must admit I prefer Heike's vocals, there is something so raw and emotional about her style, I really can't get enough of listening to her.

The album itself is very good, in fact I rate it as one of their best even, the vocals and doomy instrumental structure work in almost perfect harmony together. The songwriting isn't their best, and the riffs and melodies aren't exactly that memorable, but what us memorable is the amazing vocal performances and sheer emotion.
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07.10.2022 - 15:26
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Tage Westerlund
Written by AndyMetalFreak on 07.10.2022 at 14:36

Lisa was such an amazing vocalist but I can't say I really missed her vocals on this, because Heike is such an amazing vocalist aswel, they both bring something different, a different kind of emotion and passion, and each bring a whole different vibe to the bands style sound. However I must admit I prefer Heike's vocals, there is something so raw and emotional about her style, I really can't get enough of listening to her.

The album itself is very good, in fact I rate it as one of their best even, the vocals and doomy instrumental structure work in almost perfect harmony together. The songwriting isn't their best, and the riffs and melodies aren't exactly that memorable, but what us memorable is the amazing vocal performances and sheer emotion.


I agree but Heike is weird seems used a band to come to Sweden, more to Europe, then leave, alone she never will reach anything so high as here. She might tour more, sing more, but Dranconia was to big to swollow.
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

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07.10.2022 - 15:41
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by Bad English on 07.10.2022 at 15:26

I agree but Heike is weird seems used a band to come to Sweden, more to Europe, then leave, alone she never will reach anything so high as here. She might tour more, sing more, but Dranconia was to big to swollow.

Lisa was the original heartbeat of Draconian, the reason why I liked the band so much in the first place, I thought nobody would have ever been able to step into her shoes, but after hearing Heike for the first time, she blew me away. Her vocals are less operatic, and she doesn't have the traditional female vocal style of most European gothic/doom bands, but her vocal style brings something unique to Draconian, a certain passion and emotion. I think both singers are equally as brilliant in their own unique way, and both have done an amazing job for the band.
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