Review Summary: An astral handjob. You will come for more.
I may not be the most “professional” reviewer sometimes but I can tell ya that this album slaps my pants off. Literally ever song is infesting in some type of way, burrowing into your brain and taking over your body like how Evangelical believers act when they hear live worship music. This *** is so ***ing beautiful man. I might not have a soul left but I do have sexy ears, and when I use them my soul leaves my body and transcends into the universe even though I don’t have a soul. Damn, this *** is super ***tastic and soulful as ***ing ***. Holy ***wad Batman!
Do I like this album? I have answered yes thus far, if you were paying attention. This is one of the best gothic/doom metal albums ever and there are good reasons for this.
1. the singer
Her vocals are a mix of ghostly/angelic in a way that is creepy and hauntingly gorgeous. With her unique voice it adds so much soul and ambience to every single track. She was clearly inspired by the late and iconic vocalist from Trees of Eternity in this album, and boy it does it give a lovely spacey vibe that also shows shades of ISON.
2. the scary scream guy
The dude’s growls are the best I’ve ever heard from any band ever. Ever. I’ve listened to A LOT of metal bands. These are the best growls. This *** will wake you up even if you’re dead. This *** pumps you with morphine. This *** mocks and crushes the balls of the weak and spits in the face of whatever God you believe in.
3. because I said so
Self-explanatory I dare say.
4. the songs
There is not a single bad song. Either you get something brutal as *** like The Sacrifical Flame or you get something lovely, OR you get something lovely AND brutal AT THE SAME MOTHERSLAPPING TIME like Sleepwalkers. That mix of terrifying screams with gorgeous, sometimes whispery vocals is so dang soothing and unsettling at the same time that it can only be described as delicious. Draconian hasn’t sounded this haunting and inspired since Turning Season Within which is another 5/5 album, a pure masterpiece. This is unfiltered Draconian juice straight in your ass. Don’t be boring. Check this album out.