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Review: Draconian - Turning Season Within
Turning Season Within

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 52:36
Tracks: 9
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 12, 2008
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Turning Season Within

Rated 4.3/5 (86%) (10 Votes)

Without preamble, it was immediately apparent than Turning Season Within was going to be one hell of a downbeat album. Swedish metallers Draconian have been around for a number of years, proliferating painful tomes of emotional Gothic Doom with seasoned sincerity. Now onto their fourth album, Draconian have finally produced their most compelling album to date, and ultimately, one of the best I've heard all year. Dark, churning, powerful guitar lines meld with hypnotic keys and slow building percussion in a dirge of tragic memories as each and every song becomes an enveloping serenade. Twin vocalists Anders Jacobsson and Lisa Johansson do an amazing job at distributing equal amounts of misery, with Jacobsson being the growling opposite to Johansson's saintly purr. The band are capable of allocating singular pockets of space to the various components of the style, often focusing on no specific element. Much like label mates Trial of Tears, their aggression can quickly turn to angelic melody, giving a real sense of authority within their performances, making not one moment sound out of place or desultory. As there is no real stand out track, Turning Season Within is best rendered as a whole, and if you happen to find yourself between a particular rock and hard place, Draconian's fourth volume is a quixotic fantasy of beautiful, beautiful music to enjoyed on the most fitting of levels.

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