I look into the unblinking eye of the sun, and it looks back, flaying me of my charred flesh. Shedding that dead skin, I am reborn. Seeker of that which cannot be found. Dreamer in radiant black. Empty husk, pregnant seed, flaming despond.
John Gossard really does lend his own sound to everything he works on, doesn't he? The guitar work here is undeniably great and has his touches all over it. Not to short the rest of the band, this is a supremely competent work; I imagine it will end up in my top 5 for 2019.
Australian death/black metal unit CONSUMMATION have completed work on their debut full-length album “The Great Solar Hunter” set for release on CD/2xLP/Digital on June 7. CONSUMMATION is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Craig Young (ex-Impetuous Ritual) who is joined by drummer David Hayley (Psycroptic) and bassist/guitarist Joel Rademaker. Alongside the central CONSUMMATION trio, “The Great Solar Hunter” also features guitarist John Gossard (Dispirit/Asunder/The Gault/Weakling) among its ranks, Gossard lending his lead guitar work to this colossal work in helping to elevate it to and even darker, more warped and epic plateau.
“The Great Solar Hunter” succeeds the band’s 2017 “Ritual Severance” EP (Invictus Productions) which was the follow-up to their 2012 self-titled demo. “The Great Solar Hunter” is the result of the band’s serpentine-like build up since inception, to a impenetrable demonic yet monolithic sound. The band’s elongated tracks are a key element that define their sonic vastness. Dark, murky, atmosphere-drenched dissonance and twisted guitar riff mutations flow through tension and intense passage while they shape-shift towards building something even more of grandeur; culminating in epic and moving moments of melancholic majesty and triumph. It is through such characteristics that give CONSUMMATION a sense of singularity and noteworthiness within the mire of extreme death/black metal.
“From the shores of Eden we were cast, and to sufferance condemned. Yet in the Act of Defiance the cosmic libido injected incandescent fire into the world. To the eye of man this was the uncoiling of the serpent. Now bereft of paradise, a true gift unfolds - for in suffering is found power and the coming of truer dawn. In the image of the Fallen Angel, man usurped an earth defined only by his will, a sphere shaped in his own image. Throughout millennia, one enters through the cosmic womb to display dominance above all. The Great Solar Hunter spreads the gift of fire to initiate the new aeon.”
released June 7, 2019
Craig Young - guitars/vocals
Joel Rademaker - bass/guitars
David Haley - drums
John Gossard - lead guitars
Artwork by Artem Grigoryev
Logo revision by Alexander Brown
Design by Epoch Scribe
Recording and mixing by Joel Rademaker at the World Tree Forge
Mastered by Dan Lowndes