Consecration - Fragilium (CD)

death doom metal, Solitude Productions, Solitude Productions
600.00 Р
Price in points: 900 points
SP. 145-19 x
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If you walk into the fenlands at sunset, leaving the last house at your back, you will follow a road that slowly dwindles to a footpath as the sky darkens and the shadows lengthen. With a cutting wind always in your face, bringing tears to your eyes, you’ll reach a place where the path finally peters out to nothing. There is no light but the stars and the horizon is as empty and distant as it was many cold miles ago. The only discernible features of this desolate landscape are the gnarled, stunted, wind sculpted trees that skulk like warped spiders, poised to attack when you turn your back. It’s a place with no name but loneliness, where all the sorrows in the world gather to cry their laments to the endless sky; and the sound of their song is the sound of Consecration... Blending the decaying grandeur of epic doom, with the visceral power of primal death and the taste of memories so sharply poignant they draw blood and tears in equal measure, Consecration have summoned into being Fragilium - a towering album that stands like a pitch black monolith against the night sky, casting shadows so deep they swallow the darkness. The currents of aching melancholy that sweep through these songs are so deeply powerful that they threaten to consume the unwary listener. The guitar melodies sing like sirens to the lost while the obsidian riffs devastate all that stand in the path of their inexorable, measured progress. Mastered to perfection by Markus Stock of The Vision Bleak and Empyrium, whose deft touch has polished the twilight sounds of Ahab, Winterfylleth and Secrets Of The Moon, Fragilium walks paths of unprecedented musical and emotional depth.

1 In Darkened Slumber 07:26
2 A Sentinel For The Fragile 11:06
3 In Somnus Ego Morrior (In My Sleep I Die) 12:54
4 An Elegy For The Departed 12:18
5 To Welcome The Grey 12:16

Artist Country:
United Kingdom
Album Year:
death doom metal
CD Album
Jewel Case
Solitude Productions
Cat Num:
SP. 145-19
Release Year:
Country Of Manufacture:
VM Underground

UK-based doom band Consecration’s 2019 release “Fragilium” is five tracks long, but in true doom form, clocks in at almost an hour: most of tracks are over ten minutes long. The album starts slow, rhythmic and airy, focusing on guitar lines with the occasional church bell chime. The album progresses to faster moving riffs, and while decidedly doom, it borrows from black metal with a pared down and raw sound that overall serves the album well for the most part. The album features deep growling vocals, and the occasional goth-rock sounding riff is an intriguing addition. “Fragilium” as a whole has a cohesive sound; the tracks flow well into each other. Though they’re similar, it is not necessarily repetitive. The final track, “To Welcome The Grey,” is probably the album highlight: mysterious and interesting guitar rhythms which at almost halfway through is reminiscent of the moment in Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” as the song transitions to the stripped down waltzy guitar line.

Overall Consecration heavily utilizes drawn-out intros to their tracks, for better or worse. I’m a lover of doom, but some iterations are too much for me — I booked it out of a Bell Witch gig a couple of years ago after feeling anxious and claustrophobic from the extremely slow moving progressions. Plenty of other folks find that compelling, so that’s up for you to decide. Personally, I could do with less intro work. That said, even with a shorter intro the songs would still be fairly long, but they are well composed in that they continue the musical thought well, and remain entertaining and interesting even at long length. That can be hard to do, and often one hears a band stick with a riff over and over which is ultimately detrimental to a song, even if the riff is cool. Consecration has struck a fairly good balance here.

In my personal listening experience, I find that the more heavily produced an album is, the less I tend to enjoy it. Consecration’s sound has black metal influence, thusly benefiting to a degree from a less produced and raw sound. However, I actually think this sound would flourish with just a touch more production, or maybe more intentional mixing. The drums sound off — sometimes too loud while still sounding weak, tinny, or lacking depth. They lack a certain presence. I would be curious to hear if a more balanced sound brought more of the mood to the forefront.

Though not their first release, “Fragilium” is a great spot for a doom band with some edge to them. I will be curious to hear the next steps for Consecration.

Author: Maxine
Rock Vibrations

Um grande lançamento precisa de uma grande banda, e é justamente o que ocorre neste caso que iremos abordar.

O "Consecration" é natural "Norwich" (Inglaterra) e prática um excelente "Death Doom Metal", sendo técnico e também pesado, consegue imprimir em sua música um pouco de climas atmosféricos e caóticos, sendo uma excelente opção para fãs da vertente.

Com certos momentos épicos em meio à instrumentais bem elaborados (e produzidos) nos entregam climas realmente interessantes e únicos, sendo o tipo de álbum que lhe faz viajar por um mundo completamente calmo e cheio de elementos complexos.

Seu clima também beira ao lado "Gothic mas se faz presente no mais puro "Doom" e nisso eles lidam como o próprio ar que respiram... qualidade acima da média!

Author: Vinny Almeida
Ave Noctum

I found it really difficult to review this album. Not because it’s bad, but rather because it’s an hour long and only consists of 5 songs, with the opening “In Darkened Slumber” being an ambient amble in a fen that allows to you to truly get lost in your thoughts as you wander, before the Norwich based quintet add their full weight to “A Sentinel for the Fragile” with its heavy guitars by Liam Houseago and Jordan Grant, the slow and precise drum beatings by Jorge Figueiredo joined by Shane Amies’s rumbling bass and Daniel Bollans’s low drawn out growls and rasps.

This is the second album by the band that was formed in 2010 and they continue on their path of lengthy doom laden death metal with “In Somnus Ego Morrior (In My Sleep I Die)” clocking in just shy of 13 minutes, where a very MDB feeling guitar lead breaks out just before the song ends.

“An Elegy for the Departed” is also filled with the harmonious tremolo guitars during the interludes between verses where rather abrasive vocals are used rather than the deep roar employed on the other songs.

They end the album off with “To Welcome the Grey”, where the simple bass plucking has slow drum tapping and whispered growls for the first quarter of the song, before it changes to guitar plucking then distorted riffs and the required growls that go with them as the pace of the drumming picks up until everything slows down once more and fades out for the next few minutes.

All in all, it delivers exactly what you’d expect from a doom death band, plenty of slow death riffs and doomy feeling songs that leave you wanting for some levity again.

Author: Marco Gaminara

Consecration are a band from the United Kingdom that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a tortured form of funeral doom/death metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Fragilium" which was released by Solitude Productions.

Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album and they also are used on later tracks as well while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. All of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the first track being an instrumental, whispered vocals can also be heard briefly.

On the second tracks the music goes into more of a heavier funeral doom metal direction while also introducing death metal growls onto the recording. The riffs also add in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies as well as the guitar leads being done in a very dark and melodic style when they are utilized.

A decent amount of 90's era doom/death metal influences can also be heard in the bands musical style. When screams are utilized they add in a touch of black metal as well as the music also adding in a decent mixture of both slow and mid tempo sections and as the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death, despair, darkness and occultism themes.

In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Consecration and if you are a fan of funeral doom/death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Sentinel For The Fragile" and "To Welcome The Grey".

Author: OccultBlackMetal
Between the Lines Media

The production on Fragilium is exactly what you would expect for a doom record. Its slow, gritty and loud. But this record takes the speed up a half notch. Usually Doom metal is so low, and creates almost a vision of evil in the listeners mind. But Consecration break traditional Doom molds by speeding it up just a hair. It becomes almost like a down tuned hard rock album. Better yet, it reminds me of Early Black Sabbath. I feel what makes them shine, is how they write as a band. You can tell they stick close to doom metal, but definitely aren’t afraid to do what ever they want. The mix is also typical for Doom metal. The guitars and vocals kind of over power everything. Some of the drum fills get lost in the mix. But, for some reason, it works for this band,

There aren’t really any song structures. No specific chorus or verse, at least from what I can hear. If you know this band, or th genre at all, then you know that these tracks flow like molasses. Slow, but will stick with you forever. When you think of doom metal, what do you expect? Death? Despair? Evil? Thats exactly what I imagine this record has to be about.

Im not entirely huge into doom metal, as I am partial to gutturals and neck breaking breakdowns. But Consecration is one Doom band that I find entrancing. I put this record on at work as background noise. Its absolutely beautiful. No matter what this band puts out, will always be in my rotation. My favorite part is definitely how they seem to expand on their already distorted sound. By picking the speed up just a touch, but also slowing the slow parts by a hair.

Overall, Consecration is becoming one of my favorites. Fragilium is a been of something truly evil, and beautifully captivating, at the same time. By adding a little bit of speed to short parts of their music, it adds a whole new aspect to their already entrancing music. If you’re a fan of doom metal, this record demands a slot in your library.
Metal Temple

CONSECRATION is a Doom/Death Metal band from Norwich, England. “Fragilium,” is their second full length album; they have also released an EP, demo, and a compilation. The despair sits in immediately with the sparse, clean opening notes of “In Darkened Slumber,” the first track. The notes may be presented as more peaceful than what this genre usually offers up but further exploration reveals these notes are as hard and cold as anything else in the Doom genre this year. The track is instrumental so it serves as both a full song and a sort of intro to the second track.

“A Sentinel For The Fragile,” carries on with the clean notes, albeit the music is different. At the two minute or so mark, heavy bass drops upon the clean instrumentation, building up to a crash of drums and a frightening Death growl from Daniel Bollam and Amies leads the song with his bass but Liam carries on the Doom spirit with simple but extremely heavy riffs and even some leads. Halfway thru the song Figueirdro kicks up the tempo a bit and this four-piece rumbling machine turns into a full battering ram. The song is eleven minutes long, but it definitely doesn’t feel like it. Despite the length, the band has no issue crafting an interesting song.

The next track is “In Somnus Ego Morrior (In My Sleep I Die),” a track that starts out a bit hazy and sleepy as if your eyes are closing for the final time, in preparation for the impending death that latches on eventually. This song is seriously scary and a bit creepy, in no small part to the vocals which are the heaviest I’ve heard in the genre this year. The last half of the song ups the intensity before it fades out…the death finally catching up to the living.

“An Elegy For The Departed,” is the fastest paced track on the album, the Doom increased just a couple of notches to allow a more Death Metal oriented sound to the proceedings but it still has some Gothic elements, especially in the melodic leads. The song’s ending is a stark contrast to what came before but a fitting in for what is a sentimental, but harrowing song.

The final track, “To Welcome The Grey,” really surprised me because of the wonderfully executed lead guitar in the beginning. The Death growls are barely above a whisper, about as quiet as they can be and still work in tandem with the bass. Much of the track is a more laid back approach but it definitely captures the feel of what amounts to the bleakest track on the album. The distorted riffs and and more vibrant Death growls invade the middle part of the song, putting a suffocating blanket over what was already a dying corpse.

CONSECRATION’s “Fragilium,” stands out as one of the darker, and often times disturbing, Doom releases of the year. It is an album that deeply embraces its own sound and it is better for it.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

Author: Justin "Witty City' Wittenmeier
Blessed Altar Zine

Some music seems unattached to any particular setting, or season, or hour or climate. Sometimes songs just exist as they do, to be appreciated when and wherever and to have the listener impose their own experiences and perspectives onto them. Then there is that other category, the music that evokes a strong feeling of its place in our world; maybe it’s a scorching hot summer, or a frozen winter, a quiet, lethargic dawn, or a wild hedonistic evening under the neon lights of a frenetic city centre. Fragilium, the newly released album by English Doom Metal band Consecration is definitely of the latter category. Titles such as “To Welcome The Grey” and “In Darkened Slumber” indicate the kind of world the listener is poised to be drawn into. It’s a world set deep into the night, away from traffic and city lights; some ancient, secluded church and graveyard would probably fit the scene perfectly (in fact the opening track includes what could be a church bell). In any case this is definitely music for the night, for wandering through the fields under a bright moon. It would be nice if I could write this review in such a setting, but unfortunately I have a day job.

Of the five tracks that make up the album, only the opener “In Darkened Slumber” comes in under 10 minutes. The music is not in a hurry to get anywhere; rather the band draws you into a netherworld where sounds drift like mist along a dark river. The sparse instrumentation of the opening track (clear guitar arpeggios, with occasional bass) is soothing; you might not suspect that this will be a metal album. Only when the doom riffing and gravelly Death Metal vocals of “A Sentinel For The Fragile” kick in does the other side of the band becomes apparent. When the band shows their heavier side, the guitar tone especially reminds me of the sick, overdriven sound old school Floridian Death Metal, but with tracks drawn out to a more funerial pace and length.

The contrast between peace and disharmony is most clearly made by the vocals. Whenever these growling, guttural noises burst in, alongside slow to mid-tempo riffing and more aggressive percussion the peaceful spell the band casts is broken. In some ways, this contrast the band plays with is a strength and adds colour to the songs, but while the simplicity of the calmer passages is effective in its soothing qualities, the limited range and raw delivery of the vocals becomes jarring after a while. Listening to this album I wonder from time to time what the music would sound like with a more expressive Hardcore vocal style like Discharge or early Neurosis instead of the gravelly growls. The instrumentation is so effective in transporting me to another place, sometimes even emotive as well as evocative, but the vocals can feel more of a distraction than a fitting addition.

The snappily titled “In Somnus Ego Morrier (In My Sleep I Die)” offers perhaps the most satisfyingly complete musical journey of the album’s five tracks. Starting out with a sparse, crawling drum beat led by an insistent ride rhythm and an expansive bass and guitar melody, the track starts out mournful and emotive until the vocals come in and take the song in a more abrasive direction. The melodic lines are slow and simple and there’s a great descending guitar line. Here the contrast between smooth and harsh guitar tones works well.

Final track “To Welcome The Grey” meanwhile, starts out with a deep guitar into, more reminiscent of Crowbar or Down, with a nice change in some hushed vocals, before the track transitions into something a little reminiscent of ‘A Sun That Never Sets’ era Neurosis (but a really stripped back version of that).

The nocturnal world this music creates for me is appealing and the music is altogether likeable. That being said I feel like it never quite reaches the heights it could. Aside from the fairly limited vocals I mentioned, the production could be fuller and more impactful. Some of the soloing and guitar melodies feel a bit unfocused and doodling. The playing is tight, but I find myself wishing for more surprising melodic twists and some big crushing moments that don’t quite come. Altogether it’s a case of an enjoyable, haunting journey, but a feeling that it could be something more.

Author: Tom

A beatific form arching towards the light as a myriad of tendrils/hands attempt to pull “her” back into the earth. A stunning play on good and evil on the forces they play upon everyday life as one strives to rise above. An intricate, delicate, black and white image which seethes with emotion.

A melancholic though passionate instrumental which overflows with depth and a deep sense of mourning. A wonderful start which places the listener in a state of readiness for what’s to follow, or one could only assume.

Traditional yet unfamiliar. This seethes with a myriad of styles one might not initially expect whilst still holding firm to doom foundations one would. Funeral doom cavorts with rhythms that nod to 90’s Gothic rock and the earliest incarnation of doom with heavy metal undertones, even at times showcasing an aura which hints at experimental black metal realms. Accompanied by vocals and often rhythms which tell of definite old school influence and occasional moments of an Avant Garde nature this certainly makes for a listening experience which is familiar, yet pleasingly different. Go into this with an open mind and no assumptions and you’ll find yourself sinking into the unhurried epic nature (long intros included so be warned!) of the audio on offer. Recommended with a side of “green” (if you catch my drift).

Favorite Tracks; A Sentinel for the Fragile, An Elegy for the Departed, To Welcome the Grey.

FFO; Anathema, My Dying Bride, Mourning Beloveth, early Paradise Lost
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