Rating:
9.0
Consummatum Est - Hypnagogia
2010


01. Dolls And Ravens
02. Hypnagogia-Prospectus
03. Consummatum Est
04. Vertebra


Consummatum Est, the last words of Jesus on the Cross before releasing his spirit, what a brilliant name for a funeral doom metal band. If I were Christ I would be very proud because these Italians definitely know how to do it! Five years after the release of their debut album, Funeral Procession, they return triumphant with a momentum of sadness, Hypnagogia, with this being a state of consciousness between being awake and asleep. Even the cover breathes doom, utterly expressive, an abandoned place/room, only a cradle lies in such a horrid place; whether it's a doll inside, a dead or soon perish newborn child under the shy stare of the sun, I live it to you.

The production is actually very good with a sense of echo that caresses both vocals and instruments making them surround the listener, the traditional mist that veils most of the funeral doom releases is not apparent, for good this time. The atmosphere is always devout, whether it evokes horror or doleful emotions, even an epic, ecclesiastic feeling at times! Yes, you know what you'll find here, downtuned guitars marching at a very slow pace, creating walls of sound with their heavy distortion, deep grunting vocals or more black metal oriented ones filling the place with horrifying sounds and a rhythm section in the same pace as the guitars, doing not much, just anything required. The real magic in Hypnagogia lies in the ethereal female vocals, the piano-driven passages and the atmosphere-evoking keyboard serenades that unveil slowly in the background to unfold all over the place. There are moments when everything turns to silence and there's only the piano/keyboard and the female chants, pure poetry.

All four compositions are brilliant, lending to your ears 50 minutes of omnipresent beauty and threatening soundscapes. And there's a very special guest on "Consummatum Est" as well if this tempts you, Greg Chandler of Esoteric, transporting you to the core of the earth with his interpretation. The doomestic policy found this album guilty of bringing doom to the ears of innocent listeners.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Consummatum Est
Album: Hypnagogia


 



Written on 14.09.2010 by
DerRozzengarten
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Elyar S. - 14.09.2010 at 22:31  
After I checked some of their sample tracks on Myspace Im convinced to check their music. This review with its high points and emotional review made me to pay attention to this band. Thankz a lot for this good review.
DerRozzengarten - 14.09.2010 at 22:51  
Thanks as well and you're welcome, i'm glad you'll check them out, i think you will pretty much enjoy the album
the stranger - 15.09.2010 at 07:24  
I'll definitely try to check this one out.
annodomini - 15.09.2010 at 10:39  
You must be kidding me... This night I was dreaming that I was in some car with shitty music, and then someone put on Consummatum Est on player, and I was thanking for it, and now in the morning I found your review

Amazing album of one of my most beloved bands.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.09.2010 at 10:50  
I actually HIGHLY doubt Jesus spoke Latin
Butdespite that still have to check out this album. Seeing it is Italian probably still has kept me from it. Italians and doom are not a happy marriage, or even Italians and metal in general.
Merchant of Doom - 15.09.2010 at 11:14  
This is a great album, already recommended by me in the 2010 recommendation thread... possibly the best funeral album of the year...
Merchant of Doom - 15.09.2010 at 11:15  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.09.2010 at 10:50

Seeing it is Italian probably still has kept me from it. Italians and doom are not a happy marriage, or even Italians and metal in general.


Generalising a touch, Marcel?
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.09.2010 at 11:17  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 15.09.2010 at 11:15

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.09.2010 at 10:50

Seeing it is Italian probably still has kept me from it. Italians and doom are not a happy marriage, or even Italians and metal in general.


Generalising a touch, Marcel?




Of course there are exceptions such as old Forgotten Tomb, Arcana Coelestia and Void Of Silence, but that's about it I think.
Mr. Doctor - 15.09.2010 at 11:47  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.09.2010 at 11:17

Of course there are exceptions such as old Forgotten Tomb, Arcana Coelestia and Void Of Silence, but that's about it I think.


Well... You should include Urna but I guess that it goes without saying if you wrote Arcana Coelestia.

Telling from what I'ved heard from their myspace.... This is another exception to the rule Marcel.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.09.2010 at 11:51  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.09.2010 at 11:47

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.09.2010 at 11:17

Of course there are exceptions such as old Forgotten Tomb, Arcana Coelestia and Void Of Silence, but that's about it I think.


Well... You should include Urna but I guess that it goes without saying if you wrote Arcana Coelestia.

Telling from what I'ved heard from their myspace.... This is another exception to the rule Marcel.


I am ashamed to have to admit that I still haven't heard Urna.
DerRozzengarten - 15.09.2010 at 16:21  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.09.2010 at 10:50

I actually HIGHLY doubt Jesus spoke Latin

Jesus' words are universal, so any language is welcome
Merchant of Doom - 15.09.2010 at 18:14  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.09.2010 at 11:51


I am ashamed to have to admit that I still haven't heard Urna.


yes, shame on you!
Lokomotiv - 15.09.2010 at 19:03  
I absolutely agree with Marcel about the combination of Italy and metal...

The first album of Consummatum Est was a disgrace if you ask me, I didn't pretend to check this but I will consider this review to see if I can change my opinion about this band.
Merchant of Doom - 16.09.2010 at 11:33  
Written by Lokomotiv on 15.09.2010 at 19:03

I absolutely agree with Marcel about the combination of Italy and metal...

The first album of Consummatum Est was a disgrace if you ask me, I didn't pretend to check this but I will consider this review to see if I can change my opinion about this band.


Emanuele, the man behind Consummatum Est, has said many times on Doom-Metal.com that he hated his first "album". I'm quoting: "Naaaaa bad recording, bad vocals, bad music, bad lyrics... I was young eheheh"...

This is much much superior stuff... it's also quite tiring seeing the old comments about Italy and metal resurfacing... it's just silly...
Elyar S. - 16.09.2010 at 15:33  
Written by Lokomotiv on 15.09.2010 at 19:03

I absolutely agree with Marcel about the combination of Italy and metal...

The first album of Consummatum Est was a disgrace if you ask me, I didn't pretend to check this but I will consider this review to see if I can change my opinion about this band.

I had some feelings for "Opera IX" hehe, so Italians are not all bad in metal I think but yes they are rare. Maleventum is a very catchy song in my opinion check it out you Italian warriors lol.

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