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Consecration : Gut The Priest (EP)

Consecration play “slowed-down Death Metal” in the old-school fashion.

On the back cover of Consecration’s first release, large blood-red letters read 'Unholy Doom Death Metal', and this basically captures what this new band from the UK serves us. Framed by the dark and foreboding clean guitar instrumental 'The Vine', Gut the Priest consists of four tracks of uncompromising “slowed-down Death Metal” in the old-school fashion – a sound which has become somewhat rare in the meantime.

After reading the above genre label, the songs do not hold any big surprises. We get downtuned guitars accompanied by strong, inhumanly deep grunts right from the grave with occasional scream-like outbursts. What we do not get is the aggressive blast-parts familiar from early nineties bands such as Sorrow or Disembowelment - in fact, mid-tempo riffing dominates the better part of the album, with some slower moments of very sinister Doom here and there. “Cast Down for the Burning” is the only track with a faster outburst. The riffs are mostly based on power chords, but there are some nice lead guitar lines and changes in rhythm for variation. The track “Consecration” even contains a grooving old school Death riff. Thus, the arrangements are pretty strong for a debut effort and show some dedication. These guys seem to be serious about what they are creating.

All of the songs are introduced by bleak clean guitar passages which are well executed and create a good deal of atmosphere. There is also a number of breaks of that kind, most notably in 'Consecration', so that this element turns out to be a typical trademark of this band – and a positive one, to be sure, for it adds dynamics and keeps the compositions interesting. Besides, these interludes put stronger emphasis on the Doom aspect of the music.

The production is solid and serves its purpose perfectly: despite the raw edge which is necessary for the band’s uncompromising approach, there is enough power and heaviness, and all instruments are clearly audible. The artwork, too, looks quite professional and goes well with the music. Lastly, the lyrics are not as gory as the title suggests – the title track points more into an anti-religious direction, doing justice to the 'Unholy Doom Death Metal' label, while other songs deal with the typical themes revolving around death and extinction.

This is a good, promising first effort from a band that should delight anyone longing for a revival of this kind of sound. If the above description of the band’s style has sparked your interest, do not hesitate to check out this release. Let us hope that Consecration are going to ravage the land of the living a little longer with further offerings of this kind instead of returning too soon to that humid, rotten tomb from which they have just risen.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Vine
2. Consecration
3. Gut the Priest
4. The Ever Dying
5. Cast Down for the Burning
6. The Vine (Reprise)

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes

Visit the Consecration bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-02-14 by Dominik Sonders
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