Well it’s been 5 years but one of the UK underground’s longest-running and most respected acts, HECATE ENTHRONED return with their new album Embrace of the Godless Aeon under M-Theory Audio & also their first with Vocalist Joe Stamps
The album start’s off with the hauntingly Candyman –
After the onslaught, the album takes a slower direction with “Whispers of the Mountain Ossuary” All the tracks so far have been under 5 minutes but this sees the first of a few longer than 7 minutes which personally I’m more preferable to when Black Metal is done this well.
“Enthralment” flows into another 7+ minute epic “The Shuddering Giant” following by the haunting swirling mist of “Silent Conversations With Distant Stars” lastly the slowest & longest track on the album “Erebus and Terror” – something that you could easily imagine on a Hellraiser movie soundtrack.
The band were definitely in safe hands as this was co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium) Embrace of the Godless Aeon has Epic and sweeping orchestrations, heavy aggressive riffing, and the right balance of harmonies with a brutal vocal delivery
Highlight tracks for me: Whispers of the Mountain Ossuary, The Shuddering Giant
4.5 out of 5 skulls