Draconian - Under A Godless Veil

8.5 | 244 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: 2

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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.

published 27.10.2020 | Comments (33)

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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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