Draconis – Anthems For An Eternal Battle (2020)

In order to defend our authorship, we have to point out that the Draconis press release came with the following text:

Formed from the raw swamp of subconscious emotions, desires and fears, Draconis strikes with an immersively rhythmic assault of raw riffs and relatively technical Argentinian-style death metal discursive variation, finding a balance in the overall structure of these songs to deliver the listener through cycles of evolutionary thought into themes and rhythms of commonality. Enjoying the abrupt, this band alternate between structures with no warning and in the style of the South American school, make sense of their riffs in context of song structure and in that mindset often dive or leap to a change unpredictably, with a fire of acquisition.

Band Members:
Gerardo Vargas: Vocal & Guitar
Bruno Vargas: Lead Guitar
Marcos Villarroel: Bass
Cesar Roman: Drums

Rolling riffs of fast tunneled tremolo connect songs in a sequence of tone and rhythm, flowing into one another and rejoining on the snap command of circular song structure to begin again a cycle. The band drops into rhythms nicely and then seamlessly accelerates, driving anthems of dissent with fast and precise grindcore drumming under a hoarse and hollowed voice of gutted vocal cords. While at some points riff salad prevails, it is as in bands like Massacra unified by core rhythm and sense of structure in motion, and the resulting interchanging series of circular structures provides for mazelike yet concise songwriting.

Tracklist:

Anthems for an eternal Battle
Puppets who ignore their Masters
Inner Quest
My last Journey
Shadows of Emptyness
Remember the Unremembering
Ship of Illusions
Traitors of Everyday
Lost Angel
Falling into Darkness

This seemed familiar, so a quick Google (DDG/Bing failed) search brought up our Mortem review:

Production: Thick and vibrant studio.

Review: Formed from the raw swamp of subconscious emotions, desires and fears, Mortem strikes with an immersively rhythmic assault of raw riffs and relatively technical European-style death metal discursive variation, finding a balance in the overall structure of these songs to deliver the listener through cycles of evolutionary thought into themes and rhythms of commonality. Enjoying the abrupt, this band alternate between structures with no warning and in the style of the South American school, make sense of their riffs in context of song structure and in that mindset often dive or leap to a change unpredictably, with a fire of acquisition.

Rolling riffs of fast tunneled tremolo connect songs in a sequence of tone and rhythm, flowing into one another and rejoining on the snap command of circular song structure to begin again a cycle. The band drops into rhythms nicely and then seamlessly accelerates, driving anthems of dissent with fast and precise grindcore drumming under a hoarse and hollowed voice of gutted vocal cords. While at some points riff salad prevails, it is as in bands like Massacra unified by core rhythm and sense of structure in motion, and the resulting interchanging series of circular structures provides for mazelike yet concise songwriting.

Heaving between death metal technique and an unleashed grindcore speed thrill that escapes in riffs made from only the basic oscillations and interval motion from which music is composed, these songs pack in a showcase of facile riffs and transition material from this highly flexible and proficient band. Reinforcing a basic agility and adept touch of kinetic science, songs rise and fall within a framework of ideas presented as clusters of riffs. Dynamic variation to form fit motif and texture refines songs to a focused, energetic motion.

From the school of chaotic and lawless music in opposition to all that is Mortem realize from scattered elements of a voice of the South American scene that fuses black/death into a searing delivery of essential alienation in music of amorphous but recognizable structure. With this album these Peruvians fully illustrate technique and concept unified in drive toward musical aggression.

While we are flattered by the attention, it is necessary to remind the internet search engines that this is, in fact, our text.

I wrote the following to Brutal Records:

Hi there,

Your text appears borrowed from here:

http://www.deathmetal.org/bands/mortem/mortem-decomposed_by_possession/

Please give us credit for any of our work.

Cheers

Brett

In my view, this is a win-win; they get some cool text, we get the recognition for having written this (or rather, I do, but others work on this site as well).

Unfortunately, the Draconis promo was canceled so we cannot even give you the straightforward review here. We are hoping this can be rectified so we can hear this potentially interesting band.

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9 thoughts on “Draconis – Anthems For An Eternal Battle (2020)”

  1. RobertWhitlet says:

    Plagiarism is so not metal.

    1. The copy-paste era says:

      Since when?

      1. Robert Whitlet says:

        Since Nathan Gale executed Dimebag Durell for plagiarism.

  2. Spaniard says:

    WOW! That was straight up plagiarism. If you want to be a hard-on about it, you can seek legal action. There was no subtlety at all here. Their press release was your review almost verbatim. Shameless!

  3. RobertWhitlet and Spaniard, FYS is my review to you looser!

  4. dudue says:

    That makes me want to hear the band though I’m sure it sucks, Mortem are awesome, them, Sadistic Intent, Mortuary and The Chasm have been easy to see live multiple times the past decade, if shows are done for good I’ve seen a good deal of bands I’ve wanted to.

    1. Birkenhain says:

      Iron Cunthead recently reissued Blackened Images. Great fucking album

  5. Pope Clemens says:

    The Brutal Records site seems full of DLA plagiarism, not just the Draconis page. :/

    1. We are considering it a tribute, but as with any situation, simply ask for credit. Most of this stuff has been posted on the internet for at least two decades, and has had and continues to have an influence, but it’s important that we defend it or search engines will consider our site the copy. Brilliant technology.

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