Album Review – Orphique / Consécration Cadavérique (2022)

***Review by Luke Hayhurst, writer for Morbid Wings (Print) ZineVM Underground Fanzine and Doom-Metal.com***

Quebecois one man Black Metal project Orphique has unveiled a debut album entitled Consécration Cadavérique, which has been independently released on cassette, but has also seen a CD release via Sepulchral Productions.

The first of five tracks, Onirique has a steady, composed feeling to it; a methodical sound that breaks into blast beating fury in a mature and controlled way. Vocally, Monsieur Potter has a powerful snarling style, whilst his song-writing technique leans towards the intricate and thought provoking. He’s also a very talented guitarist and some of his guitar based melodies are extremely beautiful to behold, as are his stark, cold undertones. As for his bass playing technique, it is again deliberate, strong and pronounced, and each instrument has been given its time to shine on this opening track, which just like the whole album is recorded and mastered smoothly.

Whilst this album is technically very sound, there is a spark missing in my opinion. So, whilst the album is more than listenable, it also fails to set the blood pumping in a way that a truly great album would. If anything, Consécration Cadavérique feels very much like a paint by numbers album, right down to the subtle use of synth and the obligatory tremolo picking. So whilst everything fits well together, the album flows nicely and there is plenty of bleak melody involved, it still feels a little formulaic.

With all of that being said, Consécration Cadavérique is still a very enjoyable album, just not an exciting one.

Best moments of the album: The overall fluency and technicality of the musicianship.

Worst moments of the album: There are no worst moments especially.

Released in 2022 by Sepulchral Productions

Track listing
1. Onirique 10:15
2. Vampirique 8:31
3. Chromatique 6:04
4. Chimérique 5:23
5. Sporadique 8:43

Band members
David Potter – vocals

Guest musicians
Marc-Antoine Lizotte – guitars
Arnaud Fillion – bass
Michel Bélanger – drums
Cyril Tousignant – acoustic guitars, additional vocals
Conor Campbell – additional vocals

Links
Orphique Facebook | BandCamp

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