DRACONIAN-Bassist Fredrik Johansson hat aus privaten und beruflichen Gründen die schwedische Doom / Gothic Metal-Band verlassen. Johansson prägte zehn Jahre lang den Sound und auch das Erscheinungsbild der Band. Ersatz – zumindest für die derzeitige Co-Headliner-Tour mit OMNIUM GATHERUM – wurde mit Daniel Änghede (ASTROQUEEN, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX) gefunden.
Statement von Fredrik Johansson:
Dear friends. I´ve been a part of DRACONIAN for about a decade and during that time it´s been a dream for all of us to play more. Heike joining the band and the release of Sovran have led to offers for several gigs and also a tour. Sadly I would´ve had a hard time to join in on this because I started to find it hard to combine family life and a full time job with touring and playing gigs. A couple of years ago I would´ve bent over backwards to make things work out but my priorities have changed so I´ve decided to leave DRACONIAN. During my years in the band we´ve been to places I never even dreamt of going and met many great persons that I´m glad to call my friends. I wish the best for my brothers and sister in DRACONIAN and believe the bands future will be just awesome.