All those among you, who are still searching for albums in the style of old ANATHEMA, MY DYING BRIDE or PARADISE LOST should listen closely. DRACONIAN from Sweden exactly hit the same curb, with additional influences from the Gothic scene, but those never are let dominate. On "Where Lovers Mourn" we get pure and dark Doom Metal. The mostly over long songs (apart from the short acoustic piece "Akheronsin") impress with their wonderful and heavy melodies, which are cleverly broken by short powerful and stomping passages.
Just take the twelve minute opener, which only gets a bit faster towards the end to flee from the sad ending after a short intermezzo. The a bit faster "Silent Winter" rocks the hut and loosens the whole thing up quite nicely before "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal" slows down things again. "The Solitude" or "The Amersanth" are also wonderful hymns and show the full potential of this band. Besides the heavy and sluggish guitar riffs we also get dark romantic keyboard sounds and stomping rums, which let feelings such as solitude pain or despair emerge. Everything is rounded off by the dark vocals of Anders Jacobsson and the fragile angelic voice of Lisa Johansson. Perfectly matching and always in the right mood they wander through the foggy emotional world of DRACONIAN.
But the remarkable thing is that they never cross the threshold into exaggerated melancholy and despite all the darkness still leaves a spark of hope, so that "Where Lovers Mourn" never drifts off into uniformity. An overall gripping and convincing record, which should sweeten the drab and grey autumn days of the fans of the afore mentioned bands. (Online December 26, 2003)