Jun 14, 2011
Draconian - Turning Season Within ...
The production is good and the music is alright but this album is a Gothic affair. There is only one "true" Doom track on this recording; the rest is more or less watered down Gothic Metal. The one exception to this is the download only track "No Greater Sorrow" which is a solid Doom/Death track.
The guitars are very melodic and tight over all, but they don't sustain or drag like they have in the past. The atmosphere isn't there, even with the keyboards (which sound pretty good for all intents and purposes). The bass and the drums don't do much to add or detract from this. This album is just too fast for its own good (relatively speaking of course).
The vocals from both singers are outstanding. Lisa has got to be one of the top three female Metal vocalists of all time; her range, prowess and conviction are very convincing. Anders has one of the more intense grim voices in Metal as well, with excellent mids and highs and intense lows. Lisa is also more prevalent on this recording.
As stated above this album borrows from its contemporaries, for example the song 'Earthbound' sounds like a more interesting (and Gothic) version of something Swallow the Sun would've done; while the track 'The Failure Epiphany' (featuring some spoken words from Novembers Doom vocalist Paul Kuhr) sounds like it could have been from ND's 'The Pale Haunt Departure' only more melodic. The song 'Morphine Cloud' sounds like a song that My Dying Bride would have written on 'Turn Loose the Swans' only Gothic and more melodic.
Over all, this is a good recording, but it’s not what you've come to expect from Draconian. Hopefully their next album will sound more Doom. This gets a 6/10.
Review Written By Grimdoom
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