Monday 20 January 2014

The Wounded Kings - Consolamentum (Album Review)

Album Type : Full Length
Date Released : 24/2/2014
Label : Candlelight Records

Consolamentum, album track listing :

1. Gnosis
2. Lost Bride
3. Elige Magistrum
4. Consolamentum
5. Space Conqueror
6. The Silence
7. Sacrifice

The Band :  

Steve Mill |Guitars, Piano, Organ
Myke Heath | Drums
Alex Kearney | Guitars
Sharie Neyland | Vocals
Al Eliadis | Bass

Review :

The Wounded Kings return with their fourth full length. Once again, occult themes appear with a very murky vibe throughout. This is doom metal with a sludge vibe in there as well. Very dark, very weighty and very, very good.

The vocals of Sharie Neyland don't appear until several minutes into “Gnosis” and when they do, there is still two songs worth of most bands' playing time remaining in the track! The pacing is excellent and it eases you into the album- which is most definitely to be enjoyed as a total listening experience. I have had it on non-stop over the last week on my daily (lengthy) commute and it has provided a perfect soundtrack of foreboding and darkness (I don't like my job too much).

“The Lost Bride Follows” with a creepy and insistent riff- classic doom in every way, in fact. There is broadness to the instruments used which give the album, breadth and depth. This is due, no doubt, to Steve Mills as he is a multi instrumentalist and driving force behind the band.

“Elige Magistrum” provides a short guitar led piece with soloing aplenty before the epic title piece, “Consolamentum” fades in. Organ backs up tom work and a slow burner of a riff. The track builds, sticking with a slow tempo. A sombre acoustic section takes hold after the five minute mark that serves to take the track into ever doomier passages.

“Space Conquerer” is another bridge track, really, with drum work and acoustic guitars setting a sinister mood and pace.“The Silence” goes for a slab of a riff right from the off and then over its 12 minutes delivers dark grooves, solos and atmospherics that have a distinctly English feel.  “Sacrifice” is as dark as its title suggests.

The guitars are positively funereal in their approach as a fitting coda is played by the band. Overall the record sums up a lot of what is best about English/British doom. Sinister atmosphere, occult/fantasy themes, wistfulness and sorrow all combine to give a very complete record that no enthusiast of the doom genre should be without.

Words by : Richard Maw

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