Draconian - Under A Godless Veil



8.5 | 340 votes |
Release date: 30 October 2020
Style: Gothic doom metal

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37 want it


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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28.11.2020 - 00:20
Rating: 8
JayMo4
Written by Mountain King on 13.11.2020 at 20:04

Written by sgtrobo on 12.11.2020 at 07:08

Written by Mountain King on 11.11.2020 at 23:42

What a loser year 2020 is, the top 1 album has a rating of barely 8.5 or has is the bar higher than in the past?

there seems to be a lot of purposeful "downvoting" of various albums in the top 10 by fans of a different top 10 album.... Plus what Diplomate said. People are going to be hard-pressed to rank "today's album" as high as their favorite classic from the same band (or a different band)

...I feel that great albums (9s and 10s) are a little bit hard to find these days and I am not comparing the 70's 80's or early 90s but early 2000s and beginning of the 2nd decade of the 2000s. ... the quality is falling somehow.


All good points, and I'd add that a lot of these subgenres have been around a while, and it's hard to do something so pioneering at this point as to blow anyone away. Death metal has been around for 30 years now, black metal even longer, thrash longer still... Doom is half a century old. We rarely hear anyone try something that doesn't instantly call to mind either their previous albums or a bunch of similar bands (or both.)
That being said, I'll just go ahead and play devil's advocate to my own argument here and suggest that the majority of voters here favor albums that remind them of what they already like. MPE has a top 3ish album. Paradise Lost is up there as well, same with this Draconian record. None of them are radical shifts in style. Enslaved shook things up more than most if not all those bands currently in the top 20, and they're all the way down at 14. So maybe people don't really want to hear something new after all.

Maybe that's the problem: Most of us think we want new stuff that reminds us of old stuff but forget that the reason we liked the old stuff in the first place was because it was different than anything we'd heard before. So people don't want to give original stuff a chance, but are always just a little bit let down by the stuff that sounds like what they've already heard. I think this is true outside of metal as well. A lot of people just reach an age where they stop looking to explore and just settle in with a couple of favorite bands and genres. Then they wonder why it doesn't hit them the way it did in high school or college.
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29.11.2020 - 04:01
Rating: 9
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: 8
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: 8
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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