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Draconian is a Doom Gothic Metal Band

Draconian was formed in 1994 in Säffle, Sweden. In May 1994, drummer and vocalist Johan Ericson, bassist and vocalist Jesper Stolpe and guitarist Andy Hindenäs assembled the band Kerberos, initially playing melodic death metal with black metal influences. Seven months later, lead vocalist and lyrics composer Anders Jacobsson joined the band, and its name changed to Draconian.

Their first demo, Shades of a Lost Moon, was recorded in 1995. The demo counted with flutist and vocalist Jessica Eriksson, keyboardist and vocalist Susanne Arvidsson and with a special participation of Andreas Haag on the introductory section of “My Nemesis”. It was released in February, 1996, however, no recording contract was obtained. In early 1997, the band proceeded to record their second demo, entitled In Glorious Victory. The band, however, became discontent with the quality of the recording and discontinued the release.

In the following months, two members of Draconian had to complete their military service, slowing down the progress of the band. Their rehearsals, however, continued to some degree. Susanne Arvidsson left the band due to personal reasons and was replaced in 2001 by Lisa Johansson.

Both in 1998 and 1999, the band did some gigs. After receiving positive reactions, they decided to enter the studio once more. In August 1999, Draconian recorded The Closed Eyes of Paradise, an album dealing mostly with the theme of Lucifer and his fallen angels. Susanne Arvidsson made guest vocal appearances on this release. Between May and June 2000, Andreas Karlsson, Anders Jacobsson, and Johan Ericson worked on the recorded material, improving the mix of the instruments and correcting effects. The demo was then released in the face of further line-up changes – Andy Hindenäs left the band, replaced by Johan Ericson who switched to guitars; drums were then left to Jerry Torstensson.

Dark Oceans We Cry was recorded in 2002, featuring the vocal talents of Lisa Johansson for the first time. The EP was made available on the internet, as well as in CD format. In spite of the recent line-up changes, the demo received outstanding reviews and the band signed a long-awaited record deal with Napalm Records.

The band recorded their debut album, Where Lovers Mourn in Studio Mega under the supervision of Chris Silver (former member of Sundown and Cemetery) in July 2003.

Just two years later, under the direction of Pelle Saether, Draconian entered Studio Underground in Västerås to record Arcane Rain Fell in 2005.

In 2006 they began working on their third release. However, due to myriad fan requests, the band decided to first deliver a bonus album to include remakes of old tracks from The Closed Eyes of Paradise demo. The Burning Halo would also include three new tracks and two covers. Plagued by numerous problems throughout the production phases, the album was delayed and finally completed in June and released in September 2006.

In September 2007, Draconian started to record their 4th album Turning Season Within at the Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, with producers Jens Bogren and David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia) The album was released in February, 2008.

In October 2010, it was announced on the band’s official website that Draconian had entered the studio to start recording their new album, stating that a release could be expected in spring 2011. The album was mastered on April the 1st 2011, confirmed by an official forum post by J. Ericson. The album will, according to the band, have a style closer to their older albums, incorporating violins in some of its tracks. In December, the band announced that they would be playing at the Metal Female Voices Fest IX, taking place in October 2011.

On June 24th, 2011, Draconian released their new album A Rose for the Apocalypse. On June 25th, 2011, the band also released an official music video from the album A Rose for the Apocalypse for the song “The Last Hour of Ancient Sunlight.”

On November 15th, 2011, Lisa Johansson left the band due to personal reasons, mainly spending time home with her family.

On September 19, 2012 the band officially announced their new female vocalist: Heike Langhans (Lor3l3i, Ex-inferium).


Current members

Johan Ericson – backing vocals, lead guitar (1994–present)
Anders Jacobsson – vocals (1995–present)
Jerry Torstensson – drums, percussion (2000–present)
Daniel Arvidsson – rhythm guitar (2005–present)
Fredrik Johansson – bass (2006–present)
Heike Langhans – vocals (2012–present)

Former members

Lisa Johansson – vocals (2001–2011)
Andy Hindenäs – guitar (1994–2000)
Jesper Stolpe – bass (1994–2002, 2004–2006)
Susanne Arvidsson – vocals, keyboards (1995–1997)
Magnus Bergström – guitar (1995–2005)
Thomas Jäger – bass (2002–2004)
Andreas Karlsson – keyboards, programming (1997–2008)

Session members

Jessica Eriksson – flute, vocals on Shades of a Lost Moon
Andreas Haag – keyboards on Shades of a Lost Moon
Olof Götlin – violin on Where Lovers Mourn
Paul Kuhr – vocals on Turning Season Within


Studio albums

Where Lovers Mourn (2003)

0:00 The Cry of Silence
12:44 Silent Winter
17:47 A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
21:53 The Solitude
29:48 Reversio Ad Secessum
37:21 The Amaranth
42:42 Akherousia
45:15 It Grieves My Heart

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Arcane Rain Fell (2005)

1. A Scenery of Loss 00:00
2. Daylight Misery 09:11
3. The Apostasy Canticle 14:42
4. Expostulation 24:33
5. Heaven Laid in Tears (Angels’ Lament) 26:39
6. The Abhorrent Rays 33:33
7. The Everlasting Scar 39:06
8. Death, Come Near Me 45:06

Turning Season Within (2008)

00:00 “Seasons Apart”
06:32 “When I Wake”
12:23 “Earthbound”
20:34 “Not Breathing”
26:13 “The Failure Epiphany”
32:34 “Morphine Cloud”
40:07 “Bloodflower”
45:39 “The Empty Stare”
51:26 “September Ashes”

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A Rose for the Apocalypse (2011)

1. A Phantom Dissonance 00:00:00
2. Dead World Assembly 00:05:39
3. Deadlight 00:11:30
4. Elysian Night 00:18:04
5. End of the Rope 00:25:58
6. The Death of Hours 00:32:33
7. The Drowning Age 00:40:19
8. The Last Hour Ancient Sunlight
9. The Quiet Storm
10. Wall of Sighs


Compilation albums

The Burning Halo (2006)

1. She Dies 00:00
2. Through Infectious Waters (A Sickness Elegy) 07:28
3. The Dying 15:33
4. Serenade of Sorrow (2006 version) 25:23
5. The Morningstar (2006 version) 30:24
6. The Gothic Embrace (2006 version) 38:27
7. On Sunday They Will Kill the World (Ekseption cover) 47:02
8. Forever My Queen (Pentagram cover) 51:15


No Greater Sorrow (Digital download, 2008)

Demon You / Lily Anne (Twenty Years in Tears – A Tribute to Lake of Tears, 2012)


Demo albums

Shades of a Lost Moon (1995)

01. Away
02. The Oath Of Wisdom
03. Away
04. Riders Of The Black Earth
05. The Midwinder Sleep
06. Fallen Tears

In Glorious Victory (1997)

01. In Glorious Victory
02. Hellspawned Fire
03. Devils Moon
04. Luciferian Warwinds
05. Storm Of Damation

The Closed Eyes of Paradise (1999)

01. Gracefallen
02. Serenade Of Sorrow
03. Una Tertius
04. Storm Of Damnation
05. Unfold Thine Hands
06. The Morningstar
07. The Gothic Embrace
08. Cauda Draconis
09. The Armies Of Lucifer
10. Storming Heaven
11. A New Paradise

Frozen Features (2000)

01. The Solitude
02. The Cry of Silence
03. Love Still Shines

Dark Oceans We Cry (2002)

01. The Amaranth
02. The Return to Solitude
03. Memento Mori
04. Cthulhu Rising
05. Death, Come Near Me
06. It Grieves My Heart
07. Dark Oceans



Lisa Johansson – vocals (2001–2011)

Johan Ericson – backing vocals, lead guitar (1994–present)
Anders Jacobsson – vocals (1995–present)
Jerry Torstensson – drums, percussion (2000–present)
Daniel Arvidsson – rhythm guitar (2005–present)
Fredrik Johansson – bass (2006–present)
Heike Langhans – vocals (2012–present)

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