Road To Bloodstock 2022 – Draconian Reign

It’s that time of year where we set out to interview as many of the Sophie, New Blood, and Jager bands as we can in the lead-up to one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, Bloodstock. Answering our questions here is James from Draconian Reign who play the New Blood stage on the Saturday.

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are from lovely Nottingham!

How long have you been playing together as a band?

We have only been playing together for about 9 months, but James and I started the project over lockdown as something to help us with the boredom of staying inside for months on end.

Where does the name of the band come from?

I heard the word “draconian” on the news and thought it sounded theatrical. Then the word “reign” is also very powerful.. It’s a fairly metal band name that rolls off the tongue!

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We are a deathcore band by name, but we are heavily influenced by bands outside of our subgenre. We wrote our first EP before we had locked in members, so our new music is much more grand in scale. We love stuff like My Chemical Romance as much as we do bands such as Dimmu Borgir or Septicflesh.

What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?

We aim to entertain! We bring a lot of energy to our live shows. We see it as more of a performance than a band – that sounds very pretentious but we want people to feel something.

Have you been to Bloodstock before? What did you think?

I have been about 8 times! We only live 40 minutes away so I come all the time and love it.

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Which M2tM region did you win, or did you come through other channels?

We got the slot by emailing one of the organisers. We were very lucky!

Can you put into 10 words or fewer how it felt when you realised you were heading to Bloodstock?

We couldn’t believe it – I ran around the kitchen!

What sort of setlist can we expect?

We will be playing our debut EP Necromantic in full. 

Which other bands do you most hope you’re not squished up next to so you can see them play?

Too many to say! We don’t want to clash with Lorna Shore or Sylosis so we can see them, and we can’t wait to watch Dimmu Borgir. On other days we are dying to see Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Belphegor, Cattle Decapitation and many more.

What are you working on at the moment?

Our second EP. We have just started tracking guitars today! It’s definitely an elevated version of our sound. Expect lots of blast beats (sorry Kelsey)!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

I think the wildest thing I’ve seen was Suicide Silence and Parkway Drive playing the Rock City basement in 2008. I had no idea how special that show was at the time! The place was wild and kids were stage-diving from the bar and PA system.

What drink do you throw back to get yourself fired up before going on stage?

I am going to be very boring and say some room temperature water so that my voice behaves itself. After we come off stage I will be drinking as much rum as I humanly can!

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