With today’s release of their fifth single, “Sleepwalkers”, legendary Swedish doom/gothic metal masters DRACONIAN mark the apex cut from their upcoming studio album, Under A Godless Veil, out this Friday October 30, 2020 via Napalm Records.
Along with an atmospheric conceptualized music video that epitomizes the essence of the five-piece in the most beautiful manner, Sweden’s DRACONIAN lure the sleepwalkers and insomniacs of this world into their fragile soundscapes: Made of atmospheric gothic doom, contrasting darkness and light, heaviness and weightlessness as well as soft intermezzos with smashing screams, “Sleepwalkers” embodies another highlight of the breathtaking, seventh full-length.
To be released exactly five years after DRACONIAN’s latest album, Sovran, Under A Godless Veil not only demonstrates another masterpiece that proves the unit to rightly be on top of the genre, but is a manifest of their productive partnership with Napalm Records as well. This longtime collaboration started with the first studio album, Where Lovers Mourn (2003), and has now reached its provisional pinnacle with the seventh epos and second with the talented Heike Langhans on vocal duties.
Singer Heike Langhans comments on “Sleepwalkers”:
“My heartsong of the album. Like a graceful requiem to ourselves, “Sleepwalkers” perfectly encapsulates the sentiments of a lost and weary soul. Subtle, yet a rallying cry – fast becoming my favourite DRACONIAN song to date.”
Watch the official video for “Sleepwalkers” HERE:
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Under a Godless Veil delivers a captivating mélange of dreary doom and contrasting vocals. The first notes of the opener will immediately draw the listener into a void of interweaving beauty, coalescing with paralyzing depression that leaves nothing but the desire of total immersion in the whole record. Under a Godless Veil carries the legacy of gothic doom metal à la My Dying Bride into a new decade of the genre.
“To DRACONIAN, Under a Godless Veil is by far the most diverse album we have created. Inspired by some of the music closest to Johan’s heart; everything from traditional Doom to scaled-down, Gothic rock-inspired pieces and more. Some will perhaps describe the songs as more refined and meditative. Some ambient elements have been added to the mix without overshadowing the traditional characteristics that are DRACONIAN.
Resonating with the compositions, Anders’s lyrical direction is ambiguous and a progression of the first two-three albums, yet more subtle while embracing the Gnostic philosophy more directly. One could say Under a Godless Veil is an act of contemplation; About living and dying and remembering who we are in a strange, abrasive world far from home.“
Under A Godless Veil tracklist:
1. Sorrow of Sophia
2. The Sacrificial Flame
3. Lustrous Heart
5. Moon Over Sabaoth
6. Burial Fields
7. The Sethian
8. Claw Marks On The Throne
9. Night Visitor
10. Ascend Into Darkness
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In 2021, DRACONIAN will finally be back on stages for a European headline tour in March to support their new record Under A Godless Veil. Don’t miss this intriguing live experience as the godless veil envelops your city, and let yourself become part of an awesome night to remember.
11.03.21 PL – Warsaw / Hydrozagadka
12.03.21 PL – Gdansk / Drizzly Grizzly
13.03.21 DE – Berlin / Nuke
14.03.21 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
15.03.21 DE – Munich /Backstage
16.03.21 DE – Regensburg / Eventhall Airport
17.03.21 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion Complex
18.03.21 DE – Dortmund / Junkyard
19.03.21 DE – Hamburg / Kronensaal
20.03.21 NL – Enschede / Metropool
21.03.21 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg
22.03.21 BE – Antwerpen / Zappa
23.03.21 FR – Rennes / Ubu
24.03.21 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
25.03.21 CH – Wetzikon / Hall of Fame
26.03.21 IT – Paderno / Slaughter Club
27.03.21 IT – San Donà di Piave / Revolver
28.03.21 AT – Vienna / Viper Room