If there’s one band comes to mind who doesn’t get discussed much within the gothic, doom and death metal scene it be Sweden’s Draconian. When you think of the heavy hitters in the genre from Swallow The Sun, My Dying Bride, November’s Doom, Paradise Lost, Doom:VS and Tristania, Draconian to me are one of the most interesting and underrated bands that I’ve stumbled upon being a fan of their music since 2011’s A Rose For The Apocalypse. Five years later we now have the latest offering through Napalm Records being Under A Godless Veil which is their seventh full-length album. This album takes everything from naturalistic structures, experimented vocal deliveries, intelligent songwriting and gloomy and progressive layering has never sounded incredibly magnificent on a Draconian release in a very longtime.
These Swedish musicians are not just your typical gothic and doom metal band that makes your heartstrings come unglued, in fact, Draconian’s music is like art, listening to the lyrics perfectly summarizes a lot of lyrical content from their inspirations writing songs about love, death, depression, Satan, anti-religion and even some philosophy alongside poetry references that’ll make your listening experience worthwhile because rest assure, Draconian’s music is surely one of the most emotional and thought-provoking styles in extreme music today. There’s handful of emotional tensions, barrage of madness and without any sorts of hesitation, the album continues to borrow elements of glorious melody into a atmosphere beautifully arranged this engages the listener extremely entertained to any fans of the gothic, doom and death metal spectrums wanting a sense where this album is taking the directional soundscapes start to finish.
They’ve also done a wonderful job separating the composition work keeping their instrumental leads to never stray away from the amazement of these talented musicians even when they generally play a straightened style of extreme metal bringing out pure waves of monstrous aggression and utter sadness. While the members from Draconian have kept their sound traditional and natural with some drastic shifts here and there, Under A Godless Veil is a album promising to not only win you over by its visualizing artwork but it’s truly crafted and a highly established album in today’s modern day era of extreme metal. Just take songs such as Ascend The Darkness, Sorrow Of Sophia, Burial Fields and Moon Over Saboath will have everything your heart desires from its emotional and aggressive arrangements of wonderful musicality to reading and deciphering the lyrics, Under A Godless Veil will go down to be a top contender for one of the best releases of 2020 in the gothic and doom metal scene.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler