Released: 2017, Hostile Media
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Hailing from Northern Ireland, Drakonis unleash upon us a third EP "The Great Miasma". According to their press release, their alliance with Hostile Media was forged in something of a Satanic pact. Spooky stuff to be sure. They feature former members of the band Waylander, and were once known as Order Of Shadow, and boasted in their ranks Gareth Murdock of Alestorm fame. Promising pedigree, but can they deliver?
The EP opens with the cavernous title track, replete with its eerie utterances and a foreboding feel. A mephesis of mid paced menace, it overall ethos is a doomy one, like slowly bleeding to death. The track is also augmented by some creepy, funereal keyboards. Next up is "Let Us Pray", a more pacy number, but still awash with bile. It is discordant and somewhat off-kilter. Proceedings are rounded off by "Queen Of Swarms", buzzing with a suitably apian guitar swirl, reflective of the song's title. It is agitating and unsettling.
At times the EP comes across like a sermon helmed by a deranged preacher. It offers much, and for the most part it delivers. It is a decent appetite whetter for their next release. Hopefully the main event will offer a more fully realised apotheosis of what the band are all about. In the main, they seem like they are in the embryonic stages.
Review by Owen Thompson