Aenigmatum
Deconsecrate


3.8
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
August 15th, 2021 | 26 replies


Release Date: 08/13/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Concentrate.

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve seen the artwork for Ænigmatum’s sophomore pop up in a few places that matter; the 20 Buck Spin roster to start. While the label itself is better known these days for the lumbering death metal odysseys in the form of Cerebral Rot and Tomb Mold, they’ve also made a name in signing the occasional hybrid of metal sounds. Regardless of which side of the metal genre a new release would fall under, the likelihood that 20 Buck Spin would back a middling and unrewarding listen is becoming increasingly slim.

From there I couldn’t help but notice the comfortably placed, but abstract leanings of Deconsecrate’s art. Formidable columns adorn the image’s sides are curved, warped and ultimately pulled into a brain’s shape. A foreboding altar sits centred, distant—inviting their would be patron up the foundations jilted and twisted path and it’s at times like these the reviewer’s brain normally kicks in and detaches the album art for the sonic landscapes it represents. If anything, Ænigmatum give their first indications here that Deconsecrate would be a thinking man’s album (without pulling too hard at the cliche a line like this would normally suggest) and while it’s been pointed out to me that there’s no real correlation between “art smarts” and “music smarts”, I can’t help but lock this point away for my own specific scorecard, hiding the ridiculous cringe away from the general reading public as best I can. As you would expect it’s the aural landscape that does most of the art’s suggestive flexing. Ænigmatum’s sound sees the usual death meets blackened adjectives (crushing, fast, heavy, blasting et al) probing metal’s more niche regions, but put on a master class summary of all these separate, but familiar soundscapes. “Forged From Bedlam” crashes into existence, a whirlwind of breakneck, frenetic riffs carry gruff shouts. A flurry of guitar notes is complemented by expressive drum fills, before resorting to the typical blast beat backed riff-fest. Ænigmatum’s sophomore starts with a natural crash.

Yet, it’s hard to not appreciate the sheer amount of melodicism and groove that seeps from Deconsecrate’s every pore. In this way, Deconsecrate is a comprehensive experience, combining crushing riffs, neck-snapping grooves and the occasional shred seminar. “Fracturing Proclivity” is a sauntering display of heaviness, embellishing on a foundation of simple, well-executed ideas without compromising the clear instrumental focus an album like this deserves to have and while “Fracturing Proclivity” may err on the safer side of blackened death metal it is at times, too consistent—lacking the whiplash transitions shown on prior tracks, slowing those definable traits we can’t help but adore. With this in mind it’s not all octane, all the time and Ænigmatum have the songwriting awareness to slow things down, drop a gear and give the listener a chance to inhale, exhale and go again. In splitting the album run’s time in half with an intermission, its back half becomes just as convincing, if not more, as the first. The lurching dissonant riffs that announce “Larker, Sanguine Phantom” are vicious before finding contrast in some almost minimalist bass noodling.

Deconsecrate may not have the big name pull of some of the year’s more prevalent albums, but it’s certainly a crisp and direct display of death-meets-melodic-blackened-metal aesthetic. At times it’s visceral, and unrelenting—at others...fluid, spacey and yet deliberately poised while retaining alarger, sweeping sound. All in all, there’s enough to take away from Ænigmatum’s sophomore that treat the ears while catering to those who enjoy all the earmarks of a heavy album that doesn’t take too many risks.




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3.7
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2021


15239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Streaming/Buy Here:



https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/deconsecrate



This was going to be a much shorter review, mostly because I wanted to try something different - but then a guy we all know said some things which made a lot of sense and I added another half(ish)-thousand words.



Fern, you requested this raw - plate's up.

Anthracks
August 16th 2021


6988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

outstanding riffs throughout. my vinyl looks nothing like the mockup but the album is so good i can't be mad about it

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Existence Is Futile

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2021


16795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Gourmet level, chef Robert ;)

Band's '90s techy approach is super tasty.



Digging: Cradle of Filth - Existence Is Futile

DDDeftoneDDD
August 16th 2021


18882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol it just doesn't stop...on the digs...



great cover art

Digging: Every Time I Die - Radical

nash1311
August 16th 2021


3156 Comments


The bass on this rules

Digging: Every Time I Die - Radical

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2021


15239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Lots of good music going around at the moment, if the three doing the circuit at the moment I find this the less memorable.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2021


26037 Comments


Gonna review the Groza so we have all good metal.covered this week.

Digging: Blackwater Holylight - Silence/Motion

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2021


15239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

All the methuls

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2021


26037 Comments


The deed is done.

I still gotta check this one.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2021


15239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

You got time for that? Busy week coming up.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2021


26037 Comments


I only got like 3 albums I wanna check next week, Deafheaven, Tropical Fuck Storm and WIITR, with maybe 1 or 2 additions to that so yeah, might give it a quick sweep tonight or tomorrow.

DDDeftoneDDD
August 17th 2021


18882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

New tfs? Again? Aussies are too damn productive.



Anywaaay..stoooooop dm, it s too fuckin hot

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2021


15239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Aussies are too damn productive.



Not right now we're not. Half the country is locked inside, sitting by the window just so we can dream about heading outside again. We wait for the sweet caress of sunlight and the musk of concert crowds.



DDDeftoneDDD
August 17th 2021


18882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh yeah, I heard about that. And to think that Globe area was pre much at ease a few months ago (check Blindfolded and Led to the Woods interview)

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2021


15239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

It is indeed a thing. We were having fun there for a while.

Confessed2005
August 17th 2021


5306 Comments


This sounds cool.

DavidYowi
August 17th 2021


1607 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is pretty good. It’s missing something idk what it is tho. It’s like they weren’t sure how heavy or how melodic they wanted to be so they split the difference. The production is pretty cool tho

AlexKzillion
August 17th 2021


12991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This slaps so hard

Zakusz
August 19th 2021


138 Comments


This got smashed right off the top of the 2021 charts in the last 24 hours lol

BitterJalapenoJr
August 19th 2021


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really fucking good. 4.2 if I was able to use such increments



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