Draconian - Under A Godless Veil



8.5 | 379 votes |
Release date: 30 October 2020
Style: Gothic doom metal

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01. Sorrow Of Sophia
02. The Sacrificial Flame
03. Lustrous Heart
04. Sleepwalkers
05. Moon Over Sabaoth
06. Burial Fields
07. The Sethian
08. Claw Marks On The Throne
09. Night Visitor
10. Ascend Into Darkness

Top 20 albums of 2020: 1

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
8.0
A change of personnel seems to have worked nicely for Draconian; Sovran reversed their seemingly downward trajectory, and this record should cement that change in direction.

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published 27.10.2020 | Comments (35)

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29.11.2020 - 04:01
Rating: 10
phanto

Draconians best album, i think. i also think paradise lost released their best album. good year for gothic stuff
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30.11.2020 - 16:28
Rating: 9
SAY10

I absolutely love this album. My favorite from them so far, and yes both Arcane Rain Fell and Seasons Within have been very important to me over the years. I think they outdone themselves this time, I even got interest in learning more about a subject (gnosticism) that I never cared about.
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04.12.2020 - 11:43
Rating: 9
The Melting Snow

This ratings debate always fascinates me. I remember back in 2008 when I was exploring the world of Metal, metalstorm became my go-to place. Almost everything i know about Metal, I owe it to metalstorm. I would sit for hours checking out ratings of albums and then listening to them accordingly. Found some of my favorite bands and albums thanks to metalstorm reviews and ratings.

But i think it was around 2012 when this voting abuse thing really started getting troublesome. The top 20 list would change almost everyday because people would downvote bands they don't listen to and upvote bands they liked. Slowly, a lot of genuine voters lost interest in voting and since then there's been a downward trend in the number of votes, and overall rating too.

Otherwise, i do think there are quite a few albums of the last 6,7 years that would've had higher ratings if the pre-2012 crowd was rating them. I think this album deserves to be closer to Arcane Rain Fell than it is, rating-wise.
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12.12.2020 - 23:01
Rating: 9
ADarkerSoul

A phenomenal album - love it, can't stop listening to it. Draconian seem to just get better and better!
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13.12.2020 - 20:18
Rating: 10
gavdann

I've been re-listening and reappraising my favourite albums of 2020 for the past couple of weeks.

This is officially my AOTY.
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21.12.2020 - 19:59
Rating: 10
EccePrimordium

My love for Draconian is quite new, but I have went trough their discography chronologically and Under A Godless Veil is the most perfect album of theirs IMO. It keeps delivering from beginning to the end. On a side note, I never understood the reverence of Arcane Rain Fell, which is only good until the final track "Death, Come Near Me" which is legendary- but that is not enough to push the album to the top IMO.
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23.12.2020 - 09:01
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Honestly I was not expecting this. Even with everyone saying Draconian was reborn with the album before this, I didn't wanna buy into that and be let down. I don't think I've ever liked one of their albums this much. Reminds me of StS.
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28.12.2020 - 12:47
AnGina--
Dark Phoenix
Absolitely stunning wotk of doom/gothic metal. This album sends shivers down my spine, what tremendous melancholic atmosphere it depicts, how well the sound is equlibrated, the vocal play is perfect; it portays such wide array of emotions, in different shades of dark.... Phenomenal album, indeed.
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You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man. But it was nothing to me but blinding.
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03.01.2021 - 00:02
Rating: 8
Redel

Indeed quite a surprise this one. For me, their best since Arcane Rain, that is already fixed.
My first impression after three spins is, considering the album length, cut out three or so songs, and you have a neat album.
For now, I guess I would cut out the last three songs, but probably I need a couple of more spins to finally judge this album.

Edit: A couple of spins later:
All five songs in the first half are excellent, I think.
Now, in the second half quality decreases somewhat. The Sethian stands out there.
From the remaining four tracks I would have cut some out to shorten the album significantly, and I would have taken at least tracks 8 and 10 out.
As it is, the album scores around 7.5 for me and thereby indeed is my favourite of them after Arcane Rain.
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08.01.2021 - 17:59
Rating: 9
metalbrat

With my vote it turned green....
Beautiful album. 1,2,5,7 and 10 are my favourite tracks.
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In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 🤘
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08.01.2021 - 23:12
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by metalbrat on 08.01.2021 at 17:59

With my vote it turned green....


It apparently does that sometimes, although it actually is not green, which you can see if you reload.
This turning to green is thus probably better read as a "thanks for your vote".
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09.01.2021 - 14:44
Rating: 9
metalbrat

Written by Redel on 08.01.2021 at 23:12

Written by metalbrat on 08.01.2021 at 17:59

With my vote it turned green....


It apparently does that sometimes, although it actually is not green, which you can see if you reload.
This turning to green is thus probably better read as a "thanks for your vote".

You are right...haha...when I returned, it was again yellow....
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In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 🤘
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09.01.2021 - 18:14
Rating: 9
CyberSymphony
Ollie
One of the most captivating gothic albums I've heard in years. This album got me through some tough times in the latter of last year.
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10.01.2021 - 16:07
Rating: 9
Dark Horizons

Their best album, and the best album of 2020, in my opinion!
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We are just a moment in time
A blink of an eye
A dream for the blind
Visions from a dying brain
I hope you don't understand
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19.01.2021 - 14:57
Rating: 5
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Putting this next to the excellence of Arcane Rain Fell, it's very forced, dis-improved and filled all round with the vocals of Heike here and there and everywhere they didn't know how to fill up the songs, as if Heike's vocals are just becoming the whole identity of Draconian, which in the first two albums were exactly the opposite.
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The Fangirl.
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19.01.2021 - 17:28
Rating: 10
gavdann

Written by Angel N. on 19.01.2021 at 14:57

filled all round with the vocals of Heike here and there and everywhere they didn't know how to fill up the songs

I think that was entirely the point. The vocal performance takes centre stage and the space within the instrumentation often lends to the anticipation of a strong vocal melody. It's at those points the record sends shivers down my spine because I know what's coming next.

I almost wish she sang even more but I know the death growls give it the needed shades of dark and light, so it wouldn't work if she performed all the vocals.
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07.02.2021 - 13:32
Rating: 10
Metal_4Ever

Definitely album of the year.
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26.02.2021 - 08:39
Rating: 9
NSixtyScore

Written by phanto on 29.11.2020 at 04:01

Draconians best album, i think. i also think paradise lost released their best album. good year for gothic stuff

Yeah, both are excellent albums. I never really dove into gothic metal as a genre, but both those albums are starting to lean me into exploring it.
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01.03.2021 - 04:28
Rating: 7
Scintil

I'd like them to get rid of these generic growls and go full dreamy goth doom metal in the next album.
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04.03.2021 - 08:21
Rating: 8
Cynic Metalhead
Nasha Vich Paisa
Not get a huge boner to Draconian lest listened to a couple of albums, but this drastically took me by a surprise. Will be tossing it up in my playlist for a while.

Great album.
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