Swedish gothic doom metal band DRACONIAN have posted the following message on their official web site:
"As previously announced, bassist Jesper Stolpe has decided to leave the band in order to prioritize his work and family life. Some time ago his wife gave birth to a little boy and DRACONIAN would like to officially wish Jesper and his family good luck in the future to come. As with the band, DRACONIAN now have found a replacement to fill the vacant position. DRACONIAN is proud to introduce the skilful bass player Fredrik Johansson to the line up. Together with (previous announced) new guitarist Daniel Arvidsson, Fredrik now completes the DRACONIAN roster. As for the live line up, session member Sanne Carlsson will continue to replace Andreas Karlsson on synthesizer."
DRACONIAN had previously pushed back the projected release date of their special "bonus" album, tentatively titled "The Burning Halo" (Napalm Records), to late spring/early summer. The CD will feature three new songs, two or three demo songs in new versions and three covers.
DRACONIAN's sophomore album, "Arcane Rain Fell", was released in January 2005 through Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Where Lovers Mourn" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and contains more than 60 minutes of music, including the 16-minute epic "Death, Come Near Me" (previously released on the 2002 demo "Dark Oceans We Cry").