Consecration unveil a new three song EP, Reanimated, to stretch the eardrums of fans as a precursor to an expected 2022 album. The UK quintet play excruciating, disturbing death doom. Reanimated is a nod to the fact that these three tracks are classics of Consecration’s canon; one of which is the title track off of the band’s 2010 debut EP, which was subtly named, Gut the Priest. Released on Cavernous Records, the tracks are played raw and live.
The songs are punishing in the same vein of the bands two LPs. The songs are smartly written and played with conviction. The torment embedded in the horror-soaked riffs is relentless. The black metal riffing stands out and cuts like razors on the listener’s vulnerable skin. That black metal aesthetic carries over into the production approach; Lo-fi, treble focused. Personally, I feel that robs the potential of doom music, which is empowered by a dominant low end. But, established fans will appreciate the cave dwelling approach which Consecrated have continuously utilized. At times, they feel like a demo. Which essentially, these are. The recording puts the audience in with the band’s practice space.
Reanimated’s three tracks all fall under eight minutes. This is notable as 4 of the 5 songs on 2019’s Fragilium are 13 minutes in duration (with a song titled., “In My Sleep I Die” just to set the mood). “Cast Down for The Burning MMXXI” begins our tumultuous trek with bold riffing and a confrontational aura. This track is surely the fullest of the songs, sonically. The attitude is commanding, the riffs are relayed in a marching feel. It is a charging song.
“Gut the Priest MMXXI” is a vicious remake. Resurrecting this was important and Consecration reinvigorates this track with gut wrenching twists and severity. The beginning third picks up the pace slightly – relative to death doom – but drags out the treacherous vibes of the middle section. The horrific growls and plodding of the cymbal connect to concoct a sinister atmosphere. Some angular riffs and a menacing, faster end section is the most death metal part of the record.
“Domain Of Despair” is a new interpretation of an unreleased 2011 demo which was never available, And it is aptly titled. The song wanders for many minutes, beleaguered and despondent, bordering one SDBM – which it probably could be labeled if it was created by a lone multi-instrumentalist in the forests of northern Norway. Unlike its brethren on this EP, the time change never occurs. This boasts no gallop or accelerated aggression. The eight minutes are painful and brash, forcing you to experience the loathing and suffering. A cool solo erupts but is slow and screeching.
Fun for the true fan or a solid introduction to a new one. I will challenge anyone to discern a single word growled here, so if that is important to you, be warned. But, in the end the raw and live approach bring s a cohesion and blunt, elemental feel to the tracks.
RIYL: Coffins, Evoken, Winter, Autopsy