Austrian symphonic power metal outfit DRAGONY recently announced the release of their new epic full-length, Viribus Unitis, out January 15, 2021 via Napalm Records, where we return to the days when Austria was ruled by emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, empress Sisi. But forget everything you’ve heard and read so far! According to DRAGONY and their upcoming opus Viribus Unitis, the history of their home country took a completely different turn.
After releasing the smashing first offering “Gods Of War”, with special guest songwriters Tommy Johansson (SABATON) and Tomas Svedin (SYMPHONY OF TRAGEDY), the six-piece around former VISIONS OF ATLANTIS singer Siegfried Samer is breaking in with a new anthem. Accompanied by a visually palpable lyric video, the second single, “Golden Dawn”, serves a crazy turn packed into a trademark DRAGONY glory metal hymn: Vienna is crumbling and burning, World War I rages on. Through the efforts of Archduke Rudolf, who is quite close to the edge of his own sanity and his will to surrender to dark powers, Queen Sisi has returned from the dead. And she did not come back alone! Driven by old magic from the lands beyond the veil, the legions of the damned have arrived.
Singer Siegfried Samer on “Golden Dawn”: “This song deals with Archduke Rudolf’s tinkering with dark magic, as he delves deep into the rituals and teachings of the Ars Goetia, in the attempt to bring his mother, Empress Elisabeth, back from the dead. Naturally, an undertaking such as this has to go terribly wrong, and Elisabeth is resurrected, possessed by a demon, as an undead Empress of the Damned, raising an army of the undead herself and leading it into battle against all mankind. Musically, it’s a classic DRAGONY song, with a huge, catchy chorus and a symphonic middle part that is heavily supported by orchestra and thus forms an interesting contrast to the straightforward Power Metal of the first album single ‘Gods of War’.”
Siegfried Samer on the new album, Viribus Unitis:”Viribus Unitis marks both a return to our musical roots as well as a next step into the future for DRAGONY, as we are returning to a ‘rock opera concept’ album similar to our debut Legends, but at the same time, we have evolved musically and are delivering what we consider our heaviest and most diverse album to date. And even though we are taking a bit of a creative approach with the source material, the concept story of the album is deeply intertwined with the history of Austria and in particular with the end of the Habsburg monarchy, which is often romanticized in Austria and ingrained in our collective consciousness. We are therefore thrilled to be able to release this very special album on an Austrian label, Napalm Records, and hope that both old and new fans of DRAGONY will enjoy the brand new songs!”
VAN CANTO’s Inga Scharf about the new album, Viribus Unitis: “With Viribus Unitis, DRAGONY have delivered an album with expressive and melodically rousing songs. Power, melodies and catchy riffs – a history lesson of a very special kind that catches your ears incredibly quickly and stays there. And best of all: every time you listen to it again, you discover your next favorite song.”
SABATON’s Tommy Johansson about being guest songwriter on “Gods Of War”: “What DRAGONY did to ‘Gods of War’ is far beyond what I could have expected it to turn out when this song was written. How they play and sing this song is just glorious! It’s so powerful and you can sing along to the chorus right away. I’m happy and honored I got to be a part of DRAGONY, and the song suits well to the rest of this epic album!”