Drakonis – As They Rot EP Review

 

 

Drakonis of Northern Ireland, focus heavily on the “live spectacle” approach to extreme metal, blending a mixture of contemporary black and death metal, to create something without the limitations of one genre. Not wanting to work to a strict template, the band dips in and out of many styles to create music which is both atmospherically uplifting, yet devastatingly brutal. Initially formed under the working title, “Order of Shadow”, Drakonis has been an ongoing project for many years, featuring Saul McMichael and Lee McCartney of pagan metal veterans, Waylander. The band remained a studio project until 2015, when a line up was assembled to take things to the live arena. Over the past year the band has brought not just extreme metal to the live circuit, but a highly visual experience. Armed with corpse paint, blood, skulls, spikes, chain mail and live samples, the band’s entire energy revolves around the live stage show, and will only grow in scale as the band evolves. The band quickly caught the attention of the local scene, witnessing them enter the Bloodstock battle of the bands with no fan base or presence in the local scene, and continually advanced through the stages to the finals, winning over the crowd’s support every step of the way. Although the band did not win, they achieved what they set out to do. Drakonis also took the stage at Monsters of Rot 2016 as the national headliners, showing that they are festival material. Most bands play live to promote their recorded music, but Drakonis take a completely different approach. Until now, the band has released everything for free online, with nothing more than the intention of promoting their live shows. The “As They Rot” EP will be the band’s first physical release to date, and is intended to showcase the band’s current state. A stronger, faster, more polished unit.

So, taking all that into consideration. Is the EP any good? A simple answer would be Yes! It’s really good. In fact, I would call it one of the best Black metal releases of 2016 hands down! Don’t take my word for it though as we have the entire EP to stream here! 

The EP consists of three tracks. “All Is Still”, “Abundance Of Sin” and “As They Rot”. Abundance Of Sin being my personal favourite track. That’s not to say it’s the best track on the EP, it’s just for me the best of an amazing trio. I think that says how good I consider this EP to be. 

Looking forward, this band definitely has a very bright future and I’m very much looking forward to what’s coming next for Drakonis.

In closing, this is a phenomenal release and one I shall return to many more times.

9.5/10

Check out as “As We Rot” here in its entirety!  

 

Drakonis are: 

Cass Cassidy Lead Vocals
Saul McMichael Guitars/ Backing Vocals
Tommy Hewitt Guitars
Lee McCartney Drums
Stephenie Dickey Bass

 

Link to their Facebook for all details: https://www.facebook.com/DrakonisOfficial/

 

EP Thanks
Drakonis would like to thank our friends, family, and everyone who has supported us over the last
year. The encouragement shown from day one has been above and beyond. A special thanks goes
out to The Crawling, Zombified, Acid Age, Scimitar, Valpurga, Ceaseless Blight, Shrouded,
Wardomized, Molarbear and all the bands we’ve had a laugh with since day one. We would also like
to thank Pete Clarke for all the help with the release, Jonny McKee, HENCHMAN and James Loveday
for all the shows. Finally a thank you to uncle Jim, Kate & Jerry.

 

EP Credits
All music written by Drakonis
Recorded/Produced/Mixed by Saul McMichael
Mastered by Bryan Shortell
Cover photo by Dave Kerr
Promo shot by Brian Revels
Additional shots by Mark Leech, Rab Campbell & Jason Gallagher

 

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