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Consecration: .avi

Serbian band Consecration deliver a meandering ride through their sonic landscape on their second studio release .avi. And I mean meander in a good way, not all who wander are lost. While their first was rooted in influence from bands like Opeth and Katatonia, they have evolved to bring in many post rock/post metal influences from bands like Isis and Sigur Rós. Most of the songs are quite long, with several clocking in over the ten minute mark. Between slabs of sludgy distorted guitars, soaring vocals and slamming drums, Consecration bring you moments of delicate guitar melodies and floating dreamscapes anchored by subtle bass lines. One plus I'll give this band for this kind of music is that they give you a generous amount of time to absorb all the different moods they display. They are never in a hurry to shove you along to the next riff. You're invited to sit down, put your headphones on, and loose yourself. On songs like the 13+ minute title track, the band also carefully crafts transitions between the light and the dark. Rather than just slamming you into the next section, you get a brief hint of the coming change, like the perfectly placed music in a great movie soundtrack.

Consecration is known for experimentation as well, particularly on display in the short track "Cisterna", a strange little bluesy slide guitar bit that ends in a fit of glitchy noise. I also especially liked the wall of vocal harmonies that carry over much of the second half of Djavo Nije Urban, and the way this song so gradually settles down over a two minute span from it's peak density to a delicate acoustic guitar part. But if you have the time it's well worth it.

Track Listing
1. Aligator
2. .avi
3. Cisterna
4. Djavo Nije Urban
5. Idiot Glee
6. Somna
7. Emocean
8. Bercek

Added: October 31st 2011
Reviewer: Sean Gill
Related Link: Band Facebook page
Hits: 2584
Language: english

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