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Consecration : Fragilium

Consecration's latest album is a near-perfect slice of old school, filthy Death/Doom.

'Fragilium' is the second full-length release from Englandís Consecration. Their first full-length was released five years prior, which is nice to see in an era that predominantly seems to prioritise quantity over quality.

At the start of this album, I was beginning to think there had been an error somewhere. I love a good intro but itís at least ten minutes into this album before you first hear vocals! The soft, loitering acoustic guitar lulled me into a perfect sense of security though, before striking out with some fierce Death/Doom during 'A Sentinel For The Fragile'. At that point, I knew that Iíd enjoy the album because I love golden oldies diSEMBOWELMENT, and this band clearly does too, based upon their preferred style of Death/Doom!

Vocally speaking, I donít think they can claim to have gotten quite as guttural as the Australian Death/Doom pioneers but theyíve still done a very good job in what I wouldnít hesitate in describing as something of a tribute act. Thatís not meant offensively; all bands draw influence from somewhere nowadays, and Consecration just so happened to do so from one of my favourite Death/Doom bands. There are some touches on this album that are their own, and their production is better for obvious reasons, but thereís no getting away from the fact that Consecrationís Death/Doom approach is the old, filthy way - and I love it.

What I love about 'Fragilium' is that, at no stage do Consecration sound like theyíve rushed anything. On a Death/Doom release, the temptation is very real to simply unleash and see where it takes you but Consecration have produced everything meticulously here. Theyíre not afraid to play with great patience, confident that their intensity and compositions will shine through after the build-up - and theyíre right to think that way. To simplify it, this album sounds like Consecration are seasoned veterans, and this is their tenth or twentieth album. In reality, itís just their second full-length, which bodes well for the future for people like me as I love this kind of music. I certainly hope to be able to catch them live in Manchester at some point!

Suffice to say that I am a big fan of this album. No, youíre not going to hear much that youíve not heard before but Iím not one of the people that classes that as a negative. As far as I am concerned, as long as the quality is there, I have no problems. The quality is definitely there on this release, ranging from the excellent production to the powerful vocals and menacing guitars. Itís fair to say that theyíre not in as much of a hurry as those before them when it comes to getting into Death Metal segments, but when they are itís clear that it was worth the wait!

I donít have anything to criticise on this album, really. I thought it took a bit too long to get going but after listening to the album, the waiting time aligned well with the rest of the album. Everything else about it - technicality, compositions, length, quality - was just perfect for me. Great album! Any Death/Doom fan should really enjoy this.

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Reviewer's rating: 9.5/10


Tracklist :
1. In Darkened Slumber
2. A Sentinel For The Fragile
3. In Somnus Ego Morrior (In My Sleep I Die)
4. An Elegy For The Departed
5. To Welcome The Grey

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes

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Reviewed on 2020-04-17 by Ian Morrissey
Aesthetic Death
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