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sabato 1 marzo 2014

The Wounded Kings - Consolamentum

#FOR FANS OF: Psychedelia Doom, Black Sabbath, Electric Wizards, Cathedral
Like a crushing monolith edging across the landscape, the weight of this fourth effort from fast-rising English doomsters Wounded Kings is utterly oppressive and searing. Slow, dragged-out melodies with thunderous rhythm sections plodding along at a snail-like pace while lyrically dynamic efforts exposing the horror of the occult and the mysterious, this release really stands up with the heavyweights in the genre with Sabbath and Cathedral marking the biggest originators of this chosen style as both seem to provide the band’s blueprint for the majority of this effort. The Doom staples of extended, drawn-out passages riddled with endless repetition of riffs played at a sluggish, heavy-handed pace with fuzz-laden guitar tones, varying moods reflected throughout the dynamic variations and enough choking atmospheres to handle an elephant are all pretty much present here and ably demonstrated by the epic 13-minute opener "Gnosis" which is reflective off all these attributes and sets the tone for the album as a whole. The biggest difference between this and other bands of this ilk are the sonorous female vocals of Sharie Neyland, who imparts as much droning atmosphere as anybody in the game and lifts this above the mire with her dry, wispy tone making for even more oppressive atmospheres on "Lost Bride," the title track or "The Silence" where the feedback-laden vibes, ambient keyboards and droning pace of the rest of the music match the effective vocals extraordinarily well and make for an even better experience through the cohesive package presented. With the exception of the two brief interludes "Elige Magistratum" and "Space Conqueror," this is all a pretty much cut-and-dried album without much in the way of differences, surprises or variation, though, so it’s well-played for what it is but sticks to the formula pretty exclusively so it does drop a bit due to this as it really leaves the album with only five proper tracks and that seems a little light even with the extended running time, but as an example of the genre’s style and performance those areas provide enough to keep this one solidly afloat and enjoyable. (Don Anelli)

(Candlelight Records - 2014)
Score: 80