Wales’ most unique brutal black and death metal sextet, Hecate Enthroned return from their unholy, nine year slumber, and have brought us their finest recorded output to date in the form of “Virulent Rapture”. The 11 tracks of ungodly black metal mixed with death metal on here will totally fucking rape the inner core of your soul, leaving the remains for the horned majesty of the bottomless realm.
Musically, Hecate Enthroned has left no stone unturned here, as all of their past evil trademarks and deeds reign supreme, with rabid death metal growls to raspy black metal screams to haunting synth atmospherics reviving the black spirit in full. This is all compounded by an onslaught of blistering and head splitting drumming assault and guitars that gnaw at your flesh, ripping it to pieces. Also, not to forget bassist Dylan Hughes’ thunderous bass lines pulverize our world into total submission.
Mind you, cuts like “Thrones OF Shadow”, “Plagued By Black Death” and “Euphoria” feature soundtrack –like symphonic synth arrangements that’ll take you to the world beyond and that of fire. All 11 tracks on here are unique in their own right, but at the same time not compromising any brutality and hellish synthesizer vibes Hecate Enthroned are known for.
It is very challenging to pick out a favorite song here as “Virulent Rapture” has got to be the sextet’s career defining moment, with every song outdoing the other. With almost an hours worth of material here, you’ll be blown away with the fact that these guys have given their 1000% and have sacrificed their bloody hearts for their fans in the end result. [Crank Music Group] Sarjoo Devani