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We have some sad news and some good news from the DRACONIAN camp.
First of all, we regretfully need to say farewell to Fredrik Johansson, our longtime friend, a positive light and fellow musician in the Horde since The Burning Halo era... Fredrik has decided to leave the band in order to spend more time with his family and he don’t want to frustrate the band’s intention to achieve its goals playing more shows, tours and to move forwarding. With a very sad heart we must say goodbye and we shall truly miss you, Fredrik. You bridged our gaps in many ways, and in us you'll always find your faithful friends. Always consider yourself a part of DRACONIAN and if you need us we’ll be there for you. All the delightful memories we share is forever! Thank you for everything, Fredrik.
"Dear friends. I've been a part of DRACONIAN for about a decade and during that time it's been a dream for all of us to play more. Heike joining the band and the release of Sovran have led to offers for several gigs and also a tour. Sadly I would've had a hard time to join in on this because I started to find it hard to combine family life and a full time job with touring and playing gigs. A couple of years ago I would've bent over backwards to make things work out but my priorities have changed so I've decided to leave DRACONIAN. During my years in the band we've been to places I never even dreamt of going and met many great persons that I'm glad to call my friends. I wish the best for my brothers and sister in DRACONIAN and believe the bands future will be just awesome.
Fredrik Eyeball Johansson"
On a happier note we’d like to congratulate our drummer Jerry Torstensson and partner Janaina to their new born baby girl. Jerry will therefore sit out on upcoming shows in Greece and the European tour to be with his family. The drums on the upcoming events will be handled by no other than Tarald Lie from Tristania. The bass will be mastered by Daniel Änghede (Crippled Black Phoenix, Hearts of Black Science, ISON). See you soon.
Draconian is thrilled to present the new music video for "Stellar Tombs", directed by Bowen Staines (Sólstafir, Skálmöld, The Vintage Caravan, Ólafur Arnalds). Enjoy!
Johan Ericson of Draconian on the upcoming tour: "At last, Draconian will be heading out on their first European tour starting early next year. We promise to be on top of our game and the show will feature old material as well as songs from our new album SOVRAN!"
This co-headlining tour starts end of February and winds up early March. Make sure to see this exciting band package live near you! Towards The Unknown Vol. 1.
DRACONIAN & OMNIUM GATHERUM Co-Headline Tour:
Support: Year Of The Goat & Oceanwake
25.02.16 DE - Hamburg / Rock Café
26.02.16 DE - Weinheim / Café Zentral
27.02.16 DE - Berlin / K17
28.02.16 PL - Wroclaw / Liverpool Club
29.02.16 PL - Krakow / Rotunda Club
01.03.16 SK - Bratislava / Randal Club
02.03.16 HU - Budapest / Dürer Kert
03.03.16 AT - Vienna / Escape Metalcorner
04.03.16 DE - Munich / Backstage
05.03.16 DE - Oberhausen / Helvete
DRACONIAN will play in Greece for two evenings in 2016. Be sure to get your tickets!
12 February 2016 - Thessaloniki, Eightball
Presale Points: The Nephilim Metal Store - Musicland - Cafe Diorofon - Alone - Dizzy Dolls
Enjoy the new lyric video for "Rivers Between Us" taken from the new album "SOVRAN".
Main songwriter and guitarist Johan Ericson says the following about the track:
"'Rivers Between Us' is Draconian treading somewhat new waters. A soft and slow moving track that in parts flirts with the gothic sound. Also featuring Daniel Änghede of Crippled Black Phoenix on vocals fame in duet with Heike Langhans."
Finally, the brand new track "Stellar Tombs" from the upcoming album "SOVRAN" is premiered online:
Vocalist Anders Jacobsson comments: "This track is like a storm, a storm of a life trying to re-connect to its' soul, to its' place in the Cosmos. To me it's like a cognition through this constricted, three-dimensional world and the expanded reality beyond. At the time I wrote this it was like an almost grotesque cocktail of fear and identity leading to inner depletion, but would mutate into the realization of its illusion, to a sense of peace and acceptance. Stellar Tombs is a 'spicy' song, somewhat intense and brooding, and like many other Draconian-songs the main empathy rests on a transitional phase; becoming who You are. I'd say it's one of the more monolithic songs of the new album."
After some downtime the website is finally up and running again. Please enjoy the teaser for the new album:
Pre-order the new album "SOVRAN" from Napalm Records now.
Street date: 30th of October.
1. Heavy Lies the Crown
2. The Wretched Tide
3. Pale Torture Blue
4. Stellar Tombs
5. No Lonelier Star
6. Dusk Mariner
8. Rivers Between Us
9. The Marriage of Attaris
10. With Love and Defiance (Bonus Track)
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