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(2005) Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
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1. A Scenery of Loss
2. Daylight Misery
3. The Apostasy Canticle
4. Expostulation
5. Heaven Laid in Tears (Angels' Lament)
6. The Abhorrent Rays
7. The Everlasting Scar
8. Death, Come Near Me
I actually thought that the doom/goth genre was dead except for a few survivors like My Dying Bride and a horde of scavenging bands that have tricked the masses into believing that a few heavy chords and a soprano is all there is to it.
Boy, was I wrong. "Arcane Rain Fell" is actually Draconian's second album in two years, and I hadn't really listened to the first, "Where Lovers Mourn", when "Arcane Rain Fell" came and hit me, right between the eyes. The lads who know about these kinds of things tell me that "Arcane Rain Fell" is harder and yet slower than its predecessor. Fine, I say, if that means it sounds like a nightmare during a thunderstorm, when all around you have betrayed you or passed away. This is gloomy as hell, with a, at times growling, at times merely talking Anders Jacobsson as a perfect counterpart to the beautiful voice of Lisa Johansson. Dynamic and dramatic is not enough to describe the effect. Beneath a sky crossed by thunder and accompanied by chords as lead heavy as those of My Dying Bride, these two tell tales of misery and loss. And god, it is beautiful! The actual song highlights are "Daylight Misery" and "Scenery of Loss" (you get the mood, right?) but "Arcane Rain Fell" is an unnaturally even record with no fillers.

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