Esoctrilihum
Consecration of the Spiritüs Flesh


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
June 23rd, 2022 | 37 replies


Release Date: 06/17/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Darkness to vanquish, to rip asunder.

If you’re Asthâghul, (you know the guy that churns out an Esoctrilihum album roughly eleven months,) you probably haven’t slept in years. I mean there’s this one guy, by himself, releasing top shelf blackened death metal like clockwork. With ideas bubbling out of an over-filled cauldron, slops hitting the proverbial floor to be swept, mopped and reworked into something filthy a year from now. Asthâghul is seemingly endless. Esoctrilihum is a beast unto itself and his newest offering to the demon god, Consecration Of The Spiritüs Flesh is up there amongst the year’s best albums—not just specific to metal, but across a wider musical scope.

Heavy praise.

But that’s just it. Consecration Of The Spiritüs Flesh is heavy, not just in design, but also in comparison to this project’s already prolific releases. Even comparatively so there are distinct, notable differences that separate the paths trodden to the climes of today. Of those divergences, most noticeably is the record’s overall length. At forty-one minutes Consecration Of The Spiritüs Flesh is Esoctrilihum’s shortest offering since 2018’s Inhuma by fifteen minutes (with most of the band’s other albums exceeding the hour mark) encouraging a more succinct, less intimidating listen. It’s a welcome change for an act so well known for providing gargantuan soundscapes at a wall and having everything stick. Similarly, the production values have also shifted; being less the wall of sound that both Eternity Of Shaog and Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath used to transfer their massive motifs from one end of the cosmic reaches to our humble plain. That doesn’t mean the newest of these three records is any less monolithic than the other, but Consecration Of The Spiritüs Flesh is decidedly more organically steelier, rawer and somehow more virulent because of it. Where Asthâghul’s demonic shouts and snarls were previously fighting for prominence, they now stand at the forefront of the fray, like a war-leader calling for battle.

The bite of “Spiritüs Flesh” is unmistakably Esocrtilihum. Riffs build into a frenzy of blast beats and razors while Asthâghul roars and screams over the top. There’s a demonical backdrop, laced with fury and pain as snarls transform into real screams, an audible protestation to the world we live in. “Thertrh” is visceral, even more so than the opener—but not without losing the demonic flair that’s brought Esoctrilihum on this journey. Razor-like riffs punch through “Thertrh” with an unrivalled tenacity and esoteric vibe. There’s something ritualistic about the use of riffs and underlying melody that bridges the intense metal aesthetic to Esoctrilihum’s more mystical edges. What’s more impressive is that this is still just one guy just going through the motions Making extreme, inaccessible music that’s not only palatable, but completely digestible in this form.

The record’s latter half keeps well within the former’s pacings. “Scaricide” especially does a good job of dialling in the formula and somehow taking it up a notch without brick-walling a dense, layered soundscape. “Sydtg” and “Aath” close Consecration Of The Spiritüs Flesh in a ritualistic one-two punch unrelenting and unsettling. Esocrtilihum’s grasp on dissonance and furor have never been as pronounced until this record and while a new listener may gravitate towards Consecration Of The Spiritüs Flesh’s first half, Asthâghul has crafted a record that seeps vitality from start to finish, executed almost perfectly. Just how “Aath” booknotes the new album is downright diabolical. A fierce transference to silence and the nothingness beyond.

It’s hard not to appreciate just how condensed Consecration Of The Spiritüs Flesh is when directly compared to its predecessors. Not only does this improve on the balls-to-the-wall production values, but also the attention spans of listeners who may have found those other album’s runtime just a little too daunting. Esocrtilihum is now everything in the correct dosages, at the correct time with a broad scope in mind. Asthâghul is the true demon king of the metal underworld.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2022


17284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

released June 17, 2022



Asthâghul - guitars, bass, drums, synth, throat

zaruyache
June 23rd 2022


25262 Comments


time for angery RIFF

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2022


17284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Drums go ppppppppppppp

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2022


3926 Comments


Haven't spun this yet but even more hyped to check this now. Great stuff, Chef!

garas
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2022


7258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Hell yes, a review! Great work Rob, I really loved it.



Album is a savage beast, definitely one of the best albums of the year.

WattPheasant
June 23rd 2022


57 Comments


Wow, this is high praise. I'm looking forward to listening to this myself later this week.

Sowing
Moderator
June 23rd 2022


41314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Possibly my new favorite Esoctrilihum. This thing just rips.

Anyone on the fence should check "Shohih" immediately.

Also, swell review there chef.

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Elynna
June 23rd 2022


1158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm loving this more every consecutive listen. Killer writeup as per usual

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PortalofPerfection
June 23rd 2022


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wish I understood the hype for this band. This sounds so inorganic and manufactured.

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Piglet
June 23rd 2022


8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

PRAISE TO ASTHÂGHUL, THE WITCH KING OF GAUL, WHO HATH IN HIS INIQUITY SMOTE A SONIC HOLE THROUGH THE IRON EARTH AND BRASS HEAVENS WITHAL. ANOTHER MASTERWORK HATH BEEN BLOODED INTO THE AGES TO CUMETH.



also sick review broseph



normaloctagon
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2022


667 Comments


yooooo

Pikazilla
June 23rd 2022


23181 Comments


another one already

jfc

valtinho
June 24th 2022


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The usual slow, middle-eastern-sounding melodic layer that is typical of Esoctrilihum is still very much there, but on this album, the blast beat drums, black screams, and vibrato guitars drown out that hallmark cheesiness almost completely. The result is that the entire album feels heavier and blacker than the previous albums, which is a major improvement. So, it is good for the most part, but when the songs just lock into an endless loop on the melodic layer, it gets extremely annoying for me. Why not just take out the melodic crap and make some good-old, traditional black metal?

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2022


17284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man that sounds boring.

DoofDoof
June 25th 2022


11784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this ‘band’, hyped to check



One of the only current metal acts I actively anticipate new material from

DDDeftoneDDD
June 25th 2022


20496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It totally fucks

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DoofDoof
June 25th 2022


11784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

listening now and yeah this could end up my metal album of the decade knowing how much I love everything he releases.



I’m with Sowing, this one goes straight for the jugular - the rhythms on this one seem a lot more focused. The guitar work, riffs and atmosphere are always incredible but this is the most inventive drumming yet



All his others have been strong 4.0s for me…I think the rare metal 4.5 Doof rating is warranted here.

arf
June 27th 2022


399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Wish I understood the hype for this band. This sounds so inorganic and manufactured."

That's kinda the point? It's pompous, ritualistically forced, and chthonic (rather than organic).

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DDDeftoneDDD
July 3rd 2022


20496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its not a band

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2022


17284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pah tah too



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