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Interviews: Consecration

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal/Doom Metal band Consecration from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The dictionary definition is to declare something sacred, a solemn dedication to a special service or purpose. It’s devoting your life to some cherished service or goal. In our case, the purpose is our solemn dedication to the servitude of death and the feelings it evokes.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

When the original line-up was formed, the goal was to make music that we loved and be in a band that stood out from the usual scene in our area. We have very underground tastes and we wanted to emulate that scene and push it to the forefront so people took notice.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

At the start of Consecration, Dan and Shane wanted to make a band that had the aggression of death metal but combined the big riffs and melodies of doom metal. Both were part of the local music scene so made sense to come together to create something new in our local scene.

4.  Each band member favourite band?

It Varies slightly but the band's core influences are mostly My Dying Bride but we each have different taste. Dan is a fan of old school death metal, Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Carcass etc. Shane is more a fan of melody and atmosphere so he leans to more bands like Esoteric, Daylight Dies & Ahab. Andy is all about no-nonsense death metal with bands like Autopsy and Dissection. Our drummer Jorge is a fan of black metal bands like Emperor, but also melodic doom bands Autumnia and Adfail. Myself, I usually lean towards bands like Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, Venom and Morbid Angel.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

As mentioned before bands like My Dying Bride was the reason we wanted to write songs in the death/doom style. Usually, we try and aim for a feeling or a lyrical theme and try to re-create the music to fit within those ideas.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was in Ipswich playing alongside bands Elderseer and Alunah.

7. Where would you like to act?

A tricky question to understand but if I’ve understood correctly we would love to be able to play some European festivals and visit countries where there’s a big doom/death scene.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

As a band, we have always said we would drop everything to be able to play with My Dying Bride. We have played with some past members in the form of the band Godthrymm who feature Hamish and Winter. We have also been lucky enough to support Vallenfyre which featured Gregor of Paradise Lost. Another big influence on my guitar playing. Esoteric was another band we were honoured to open for and hopefully, there will be many other bands we can proudly mention in the future.

9. Whom not?

I couldn’t say there are any bands I would not play alongside. Obviously being on the bill with pop-punk bands or indie bands would be a disaster for us. On the flipside of that, it would be funny to see people’s reactions when we show them how a guitar tone in our opinion ‘should sound’.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Yes, when I first joined the band we had a gig in Norwich and it was literally the first time I had ever played my guitar outside either my bedroom or rehearsal space. Within the 30 mins I had I managed to stomp the jack lead out of my guitar and play for 2 mins before realizing I was making no sound. All these events over time give you confidence and eventually, as long as you know your songs and how to set up your live rig, you can play literally anywhere.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

As mentioned before My Dying Bride but we all share a love for bands like Paradise Lost, Esoteric, Morbid Angel, Venom, Emperor, Autopsy, Slayer, Ahab plus many, many more.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

In the beginning, I personally have had fans ask why I’m in a doom/death band when I look about 15 years old…’ I was 21 at the time’. Since growing a beard and becoming a man I would say the strangest thing would either be the time a the girl took Ketamine and thought our music was crushing her before collapsing or when someone asked for a set list that comprised of literally 3 songs…

13. What do you think of your fans?

We love everybody that either listens to our music or comes and talks to us after shows. We still find it strange that a band from rural Norfolk can have listeners from all over the world. The other day we were fortunate to have an online album premier live on YouTube. We were able to chat to fans from all over Europe and as far as South America and the response was really positive.

14. What do you think of our site?

We love seeing sites that promote the underground scene and enable bands to showcase themselves on a platform for all to see. Without sites like yourselves, the music scene would be a very dull place.

15. Something to Add?

We would like to make a big shout out to our new home in Solitude Productions. We’re big fans of the bands on their roster and love the fact they chose to put out our new album ‘Fragilium’. Another big shout out to our management ‘Imperative PR’, without them we wouldn’t be where we are today. Other than that I would say go check out our website for all our social media and band merch and listen to our new album ‘Fragilium’ out now via Solitude Productions. Thanks Liam ‘Guitarist’

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