283: DRACONIAN

Combining elements of doom, gothic metal, death doom and more, Draconian’s sound is one of beautiful darkness, haunting and passionate in its performance.

Draconian are another band I discovered quite late, coming across them via early singles for their seventh album, 2020’s ‘Under a Godless Veil’. I’m eternally grateful I did, though, because that album is a masterpiece and easily one of the best albums of 2020.

As I delved into Draconian’s discography, I realised this new album was far from a one-off. What I found was a quarter of a century worth of incredible, melancholic, powerful music.

The contrast between heavy riffs with growled vocals and sweeping strings and beautiful singing is Draconian’s greatest strength. Not only are the two sides, the light and the dark, handled perfectly in their own right, the fusion between the two is flawless. There is no jarring, sudden tone shifts. Everything flows, as epic compositions unfold into expansive, glorious pieces of music.

Draconian’s darkly beautiful sound is something truly magnificent, and in this unique corner of the metal landscape, they are virtually unrivalled.