Draconian in Bratislava: report + interview

7. 3. 2016


Minulý týždeň som o takomto čase urputne premýšľala nad otázkami, ktoré položím švédskej kapele DRACONIAN pred ich koncertom v Bratislave. Ich tvorba ma oslovila  ešte pred desiatimi rokmi, keď som  si ako stredoškoláčka po nociach prehrávala album Arcane Rain Fell. Niekto si možno položí otázku, čo zaujme mladého človeka na takejto hudbe. Mojou odpoveďou sú silné emócie, desivé texty a nádherne zložené skladby. Ani mi nehovorte, že ste v puberte nemali radi horory a temnú tematiku.

Last week around this time I was intensely thinking about the questions I will ask the Swedish band DRACONIAN before their gig in Bratislava. I have discovered their music ten years ago already when I was only a teenager listening to the album Arcane Rain Fell almost every night. Some might wonder how it happens that a young person gets interested in this kind of music. My answer is: listen to its strong emotions, macabre lyrics and beautifully composed songs. Don‘t even try to tell me that you weren’t fascinated with horror movies and dark themes when you were a teenager. 

Po príchode  na miesto činu sme si nakoniec s členmi nejaký čas posedeli aj pri bare. To, že ide o ústretových, otvorených a priateľských ľudí sme vedeli už z predchádzajúceho stretnutia na minuloročnom festivale Made Of Metal o ktorom som písala TU. Konverzácia bola teda aj počas rozhovoru pre rocker.sk nenútená a skutočne inšpiratívna. Draconian potvrdili akí sú sčítaní a že koncept nového albumu Sovran mali skvele premyslený. Za takúto príležitosť by som sa chcela poďakovať nielen kapele ale aj môjmu priateľovi, bez ktorého pomoci by nič nevzniklo. Celý rozhovor si môžete so slovenskými titulkami pozrieť nižšie.

After our arrival to the club we even had a small pre-chat with the members while sitting at the bar. We knew from our previous experience with them at the festival Made Of Metal last year (and about which I wrote about HERE) that these are very responsive, open and friendly people. That‘s why the flow of the conversation also during the interview for rocker.sk was relaxed and inspiring. Draconian proved how well-read they are and that the concept of the album Sovran was thoughtfully elaborated. Here I would like to thank the band for this opportunity and also my boyfriend, because without his help it wouldn‘t be possible to record our talk. You may watch the entire interview in English with Slovak subtitles below. 


A aký bol teda koncert samotný? Určite by som chcela uviesť, že na turné kapelu sprevádzali aj iní umelci: OMNIUM GATHERUM, OCEANWAKE, YEAR OF THE GOAT a v Bratislave aj APRIL WEEPS. Taký mini festival. Najviac zvedavá som bola na Omnium Gatherum, keďže zbožňujem melodický death metal a ich tvorbu som až tak veľmi nepoznala. Moja chyba! Ich show bola energická a aj keď sa úsmevy frontmana Jukku veľmi nehodili k atmosfére ich hudby, aspoň niekto sa snažil rozhýbať meravé publikum.

And how was the concert? Certainly, I must mention that DRACONIAN have been accompanied by other artists: OMNIUM GATHERUM, OCEANWAKE, YEAR OF THE GOAT and in Bratislava also APRIL WEEPS joined the show. It was like a tiny festival. I was most curious about Omnium Gatherum because I love melodic death metal and I wasn’t that familiar with their music. My mistake! Their show was very energetic and although the smiles on the frontman Jukka‘s face didn’t fit the atmosphere of the music very much, at least there was someone who tried to get the still audience moving. 

Nástup Draconianu sprevádzali technické a zvukové problémy. Bola to trošku škoda, keďže si hneď na úvod vybrali úderný singel Stellar Tombs. Krátku pauzu a trápne ticho však zachránila pohotová speváčka Heike, ktorá svojimi komentármi pobavila fanúšikov. Všetci sme si spolu pripili a mohlo sa pokračovať. Nanovo divákov nažhavili spevavou Bloodflower,  po ktorej hneď v závese nasledovala desať rokov stará a medzi členmi obľúbená A Scenery Of Loss. Po pravde som nečakala, že si až takto zacestujeme v čase ale veľmi ma to potešilo.

The start of the DRACONIAN show was marked by technical and sound issues. It was a pity indeed because they chose to initiate the experience with their powerful single Stellar Tombs. During the short break and awkward silence the responsive singer Heike entertained the audience with funny comments. We all toasted together and the show could go on. The fans were charged up anew with the melodic Bloodflower, which was immediately followed by the band‘s ten years old favourite A Scenery Of Loss. To be honest I didn’t expect to time travel so far but it got me thrilled. 






Melancholická atmosféra visela vo vzduchu ako zlovestný mrak a v tom kapela spustila tajomnú Heavy Lies The Crown. Po nej sa až k záveru koncertu sypali samé novinky: epická Pale Tortured Blue, romantický duet Rivers Between Us a energická Dishearten. Ako klinec celej akcie si skupina pripravila ozajstnú perlu svojej tvorby – pieseň Death Come Near Me. Znova som sa vrátila desať rokov dozadu a s úsmevom na perách som si zaspomínala na to, ako som práve túto pieseň posadnuto počúvala celé večery. Niet sa čo čudovať, že záverečná skladba zožala aj najväčší potlesk. Trošku ma zamrzelo, že na albumy The Burning Halo či A Rose For The Apocalypse už nezostal čas ale snáď niekedy v budúcnosti bude v setliste figurovať aj niečo z nich.

Melancholic atmosphere has been floating in the air like a menacing cloud and then the mysterious Heavy Lies The Crown started. More songs from the new album were following: the epic Pale Tortured Blue, romantic duet Rivers Between Us and the energetic Dishearten. As the highlight of the evening the band has prepared a true pearl from their history – the song Death Come Near Me. Suddenly I was back again to my old room when I was 15 listening to this song obsessively every night. I have enjoyed the live version to the best of my abilities. It‘s certainly nothing to be surprised at when this particular song was a huge success with the fans and the club resounded with enthusiastic applause. I regret a bit that there was no time left to play something from The Burning Halo or A Rose For The Apocalypse albums. However, I believe that in the future, the setlist will contain some kick-ass songs from these records as well. 








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