Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Hello to you and your readers, and thank you for the opportunity for us to do this interview with you.
We originate from the east of England in Norwich, and were formed in 2010 with the intention of creating something new, full of dark claustrophobic atmosphere and evoking feelings of despair, loss, and the like.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
We play Death/Doom Metal, I suppose you could describe it as more of an old school sound; although we don’t write to specifically fit into a genre. We all bring various musical influences and ideas to the table. We all have our own tastes, and it varies from traditional doom, death/doom, death metal, gothic and black metal, and I think you’ll agree it makes for a really interesting mix.
Most of us are into stuff like My Dying Bride, Novembers Doom, Paradise Lost, Autopsy, etc. Our focus is mainly on creating atmosphere. That may come from thick doomy riffs, harrowing melody lines, or acoustic passages. Lyrically; most songs I write deal with death, grief and loss from varying viewpoints.
How many and which albums/demos has Consecration released so far?
We have released to date:
Fragilium – Released in 2019 on Solitude Productions
Remembrance (Anthology) – Released in 2018
Ephemerality – Released in 2014 on UKEM Records
Echoes Of The Dead (EP Demo) – released in 2013
Unhallowed (Promotional DVD) – released in 2011
Gut The Priest (EP) – released in 2010.
We have also had tracks featured with Zero Tolerance Magazine, Necromance Magazine and a Metal Carnage compilation.
Which ones happens to be your favorite songs? of Consecration and personal?
Good question, for me personally, my favourite Consecration tracks are the very personal and painful ones. I like that the experience that brought those feelings forward is revisited, but in a cathartic and positive way. On our new album, ‘To Welcome The Grey’ and ‘A Sentinel For The Fragile’ are stand out tracks. From our earlier album Ephemerality, ‘Thy Requiem Lament’ invokes the same kind of response in me.
As for other bands, that is really hard because I love so much stuff. I’ll go for My Dying Bride’s ‘For You’, it is a very beautiful song. Angier tracks, well ‘Fall From Grace’ by Morbid Angel and ‘Down On Whores’ by Benediction are high up on that list.
Do you feel that Consecration’s music has changed over the years and how?
It has developed certainly. We started out wanting to play very stripped back death/doom; with some black metal elements. Over time, we have had a few personnel changes, and that has added new influences and ideas to our core gritty death/doom sound. We have integrated more use of harmonies and chilling leads on our recent releases compared to the early stuff. You can definitely see the progression, and I think the sound we have now perfectly suits what we want to create.
How much time does it take for Consecration to record an album?
We play doom, so that should give you an idea hahaha
Tell us something more about the latest album “Fragilium”.
With our new album Fragilium we decided to focus more on adding a lot of atmosphere to the guitar parts, utilising haunting and heart wrenching melodies alongside our core death/doom sound. The doom side is a lot more prevailant with this release. The lyrics are all based on personal experiences which were quite painful at the time, and the music perfectly suits these themes – which created some very tortured sounding and mournful songs. We feel this album is more mature than 2014’s Ephemerality, which was a bit more aggressive in style.
What’s next? Working on any new album? If so, some details, please.
We are already writing new material for the follow up to ‘Fragilium’, and have got three tracks to a finished standard. Andy has brought so many new ideas to the table, and everyone is buzzing at the moment. We definitely feel this is not only our strongest line-up, but also our strongest material too.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
We have a number of shows coming up on the run up to playing Under The Doom Festival in Portugal this December, which is going to be a career highlight for us, sharing the stage with bands such as Paradise Lost, Alcest, Daylight Dies and Solstice. We really can’t wait for that. Keep your eyes peeled for next year as we have plenty of other things in the works.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
We are looking to get into Europe next year, especially Eastern Europe as there is a very strong death/doom scene out there and we have a lot of fans that way too. We would love the opportunity to play all over the place. The US would be fantastic to play, and so would places like Japan.
Has Consecration done any opening acts for other major heavyweight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Yes, we have had the privilege to play on bills including Esoteric, Desecration, Sleep, Cancer, and were invited to support Vallenfyre on their last ever show. As I mentioned earlier, we also have the festival this December with some absolute legendary bands. We feel very honoured to have been able to share the stage with a number of people we grew up listening to, which has been absolutely fantastic.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
I feel proud to be a part of something that I love passionately, and be able to contribute to it.
Any messages for the readers?
Firstly, a big thank you to all our fans, old and new, and for all the fantastic feedback Fragilium has received so far!
We would also like to say a big thank you to our label Solitude Productions who have been fantastic for us so far with the release of Fragilium, and also to our management team at Imperative PR, without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Many thanks, Daniel (vocals)