I was a bit hesitant about putting a review of Deconsecrate’s sophomore release DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL up on the site here. Only for the fact that they still have a genre description that includes ‘metalcore’ and ‘hardcore.’
Deconsecrate has been hammering their fans since 2013 as part of the H8000 scene of West Flemish, which from what I read, is a local hardcore scene in that region of Belgium. I have commented before that many actual hardcore bands are more ‘metal than many metal bands. A matter of opinion, I know. But it is mine so….
From the first time I put this one on, I was very impressed. And maybe it is just me, but I do not hear much -core here. What I do hear is a groove-laden blend of death and thrash metal. And so this is why I wanted to give a shout out to Deconsecrate. Other than the minute and a half acoustic break with track six, this is a commanding collection of metal glory!
The songs are comprised of technical riffing, pummeling drums, and coherent guttural vocals, which may, on occasion, sound as if they were core-ish—very minutely. And this may be because we do have two vocalists here. The breakdowns are of such that will make one reminisce of those nights in the pit we were all able to enjoy not so long ago.
Put merely, DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL is a blistering album full of death and groove. One of my only real complaints is that it is not too long of an album, only clocking in at 30 minutes. On the other hand, it is good enough to set on repeat a couple of times before moving on to the next album.
1. For This Is Destiny
2. Parasite (feat. ‘Lookmulle’ Deformity)
3. We Were Never Really Here
6. A Revelation
7. Destroyer of Worlds
8. A Fatal Encounter
9. Embrace the Desolation of Eden (feat. Hans Liar)
10. Dark Night of the Soul
Bart – Bass
Siench – Drums
PJ – Guitars
Frederic – Guitars
Kevin – Vocals
xANTIx – Vocals