In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview withCONSECRATION. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Hello to you and your readers, and thank you for the opportunity for us to do this interview with you.
We play Death/Doom Metal. Our music is heavily focussed on dark atmospheres. We have a lot of really heavy and gritty doom riffs, some old school death metal, haunting melodies and the occasional acoustic passage. Lyrically; most songs I write deal with death, grief and loss.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name was actually quite simple to come up with, and was chosen as soon as we formed. We wanted something with a religious undertone as I was writing stuff along those lines in the early days, which is evident on the ‘Gut The Priest’ EP. The dictionary definition of Consecration is to declare something sacred, a solemn dedication to a special service or purpose. Or 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.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Most of us are into stuff like My Dying Bride, Novembers Doom, Paradise Lost, Autopsy, etc. We all have our own tastes, so it varies from person to person. Styles like traditional doom, death/doom, death metal, gothic and black metal.
As for stuff from today, well Paradise Lost’s last few releases have been really awesome, Strigoi is something to keep an eye on too (featuring talent from Paradise Lost, Vallenfyre, Extreme Noise Terror). I’ve been really enjoying Ataraxie recently and been revisiting all of the old Benediction stuff.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Shane (bass) wanted to create a doom band as he was really enjoying that and wanted to create something new that wasn’t being done around here at the time. I was looking for something new, and the band formed from there. The name was chosen very early on, it really worked at the time and fit in with what we wanted to do.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I don’t fully agree, as there are a lot of people who still prefer to own an actual physical thing. I am one of them, the only digital music I own is music ripped from my own CD collection, which is vast (and still growing!). People said vinyl was dead, and it isn’t at all. Cassette tape is making a come back too (although I think these should come with a bonus pencil to wind them on when the tape falls out), – albums will never die off. I believe the two formats (physical and digital) can co-exist together and be mutually beneficial.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Artwork is hugely important for me as it represents the themes I write about, and gives those ideas another form of expression. I have had the pleasure of working on all of our cover art and layouts to date. Fragilium was the most fun to produce; I created a number of charcoal pieces to illustrate the lyrics and concepts of the album. That cover and booklet I am most proud of. A great and well-presented package is the best way to catch people’s attention, and I feel we definitely achieved that this time.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-I think social media enhances what we already did, enabling our music to have further reach. I think this is similar to the digital music question; in the sense that the old way of flyering, demos and the like can and should be done alongside digital promotion. You cannot reply on online promotion only.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I think it does yes, when you are younger and have all of those people who have inspired you, and then you start creating your own art, and get the opportunity to do similar; then yes, you do feel part of something special. The metal community is full of great people, who all work very hard and put their blood, sweat and tears into what they do.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Gigging is in my opinion; still the best way to get out there, meet new people, share experiences, and promote your music. We are always on the look out for new places to play and people to work with.
What will the future bring?
-Well, we are currently working on the follow up to ‘Fragilium’, everyone is buzzing at the moment with all the creative juices flowing about the place. We have our strongest line-up to date, and this new material is sounding really good.
In the immediate future, we have a number of shows coming up on the run up to playing Under The Doom Festival in Portugal this December, which we are really excited about playing and is going to be a career highlight for us, sharing the stage with bands such as Paradise Lost, Alcest, Daylight Dies and Solstice is a dream come true.
Many thanks, Daniel (vocals)