CONSECRATION is yet another new discovery for me. But I liked what I heard and and wanted to know more. Answers by guitarist Liam Houseago Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-With our music we want to project the feeling of misery. When playing, we normally, as a group, want to feel like the music is taking us somewhere else and that the attention is more on the sound than what we are playing. If people get that same feeling then that would be what I would want people to take from us.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Consecration was based upon the feeling that our music ‘at the time’ had some anti-religious lyrics. Combine that with a very primitive doom sound with subtle black metal elements it made sense for the band name to be something that brought all these elements together. The definition of ‘Consecration’ is literally association with the sacred, combine this with dark music and I feel you have a band name that is unique to the style of music we play.
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?
-As a band we have a varied taste in what music motivates and inspires us. Me personally, as a guitarist, My Dying Bride and Candlemass were the two main reasons I play doom. Throw in Morbid Angel and Venom and that is what settled me into the style I play today. Jordan our other guitarist sits on the other side of the fence and prefers the more fuzz/bass driven sounds of bands like Sleep, Melvins so when we combine our riffs it gives us something totally unique. You could also list Esoteric as being one of Shane’s main influences and Jorges being Emperor. Dan usually will put his thumb up to anything that has blast beats and guttural vocals. As you can see we have a varied taste but we never seem to lack inspiration when it comes to writing new music.
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
-Consecration was formed with the soul intent of playing Doom/Death music. At the time there was no other band in our area playing the style of music we wanted to hear. Shane was a big on the idea of being in a Doom band and with Dan being a man of Death metal it made sense to combine the two. The sound was based on how we played at the time which was very primitive and dark, this then inspired the band name. Over the years members change and you always have their input take over what was there previously. When you listen to our early stuff to where we are now you can tell how our music has progressed and changed to something we feel very proud of today.
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?
-The digital format has its pros and cons. The pro’s being that as an underground band it’s never been easier to promote your music to the masses and have it literally shoved onto their social media pages for them to listen to it. The con’s being that the days of holding an album in your hand and truly appreciating what the artist has put into the music has gone. I’m on the fence with it all as I still love to buy cd/vinyl but with Spotify I’ve discovered loads of bands from around the world that I would have likely never discovered. In regards to single tracks, it’s a way of giving someone a snapshot of what to expect if they listen to your band so normally you try and choose a track that you want to cover all the bases with. Again it’s hit or miss as the listener will likely discover something better on the album than what you are offering as a single.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Artwork is almost critical to making people take your music seriously. When I’m out looking for new music I usually always float towards the albums with the best looking artwork. Sadly in streaming world artwork has taken a back step and all you really get to see is the band name and song titles. For our genre of music we like to make the artwork represent what the lyrics are talking about. If you are one of the few that take the time to look at the artwork then you will instantly get an idea into what the music is going to be about.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Sadly social media has completely re-written the way we promote the band. When I first joined it was simply make sure you tell as many people as possible and put up posters everywhere around the city. Now it’s nearly all done through Facebook and paying to be featured in magazines and websites. If you have the money you can broadcast yourself to any part of the world which is great but it’s sad to see that this seems to be the only way to get yourself noticed. Even touring around in a van has gone unless you create Facebook events for people to know where and when you are playing.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-When I first joined Consecration they were part of a new scene of extreme underground bands emerging from our city. As time has gone on the scene has completely changed and some of the extreme bands have either parted ways or changed to fit in with what’s popular today. I feel when I play that I’m part of a bigger picture of bands from around the world. Death/Doom has grown over the years and there is loads of new underground bands all over the world that likely do not fit in with their local scene. When we meet similar likeminded musicians/fans it cements the idea of staying true to what we are doing.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Consecration to this today has yet to go on a tour. With work and money it’s very hard to organize a tour that works for every member of the band. Gig wise we normally try and play as many as we can and try and visit as many new cities as possible as we do feel that the only way for people to truly appreciate your band is to see them live. Lucky for us we now have an excellent management team on board who have already helped us achieve bigger and better gigs. I have no doubt that in the next year or so you will see Consecration touring.
What will the future bring?
-At the moment we have just released our 8 year anthology titled ‘Remembrance’. This contains our entire back catalogue along with some rare demos that were never completed or changed. We are also hitting the studio in September this year to record our second full length album. We believe this is our strongest material yet and we cannot wait to start playing some of the tracks live for people to hear. Gig wise we have the privilege of playing with Godthrymm in August along with some underground festival appearances.