Drakonis of Northern Ireland, focus heavily on the “live spectacle”, 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” (at the time including Gareth Murdock of Alestorm), 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 2 years the band has brought not just extreme metal to the live circuit, but a highly visual experience. Armed with corpse paint, blood, skulls, spikes, chainmail 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, with their “Ravens Fuel The Sky” E.P, which they used as a platform to release their follow up, “As They Rot”. This release was extremely well received by both fans and critics alike, placing it in several “Best of 2016” lists, including winning Uber Rocks’ “International E.P. of the Year 2016”, tying with Voivod.
With so many reviews asking for an album, the band decided to hold off on that idea and release one more E.P, this time on a much larger scale. Therefore “The Great Miasma” came into being, a story driven concept spanning 3 songs. Each song takes us through a different chapter, following the ritualistic sacrifice, possession and wrath of a young girl to appease an ancient god.
Each song will be accompanied by a story driven, highly visual music video, released out of sequence, bringing the bands live theatrics to the medium of film. Only when all 3 videos have been released and played in order, will the story become clear.
With this new release on the horizon, Drakonis are set to take things to the next level and aim to catch the attention of more international listeners.