HECATE ENTHRONED UNVEILS MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘PLAGUED BY BLACK DEATH’
Reissue of pioneering UK black metal group's 2013 record ‘Virulent Rapture’ out this Friday
Days before the reissue and first-ever vinyl release of their acclaimed 2013 record “Virulent Rapture,” British blackened death metal pioneers HECATE ENTHRONED have released a brand new video for the song “Plagued By Black Death.” The lyric video, created by Raf Ortega of Ecliptic Visions.
“’Plagued By Black Death’ was a band favourite off the album and has become a big fan favourite too,” explains bassist Dylan Hughes. “Time has shown it to be a true Hecate classic, a song that still remains in our live set. It sits so well with our earlier and latter material as it encompasses all the elements that makes a Hecate track: epic, powerful, emotive and aggressive! This video captures the essence of the song, not just the lyrical content but the ebb and flow of the music, the timing of the piece building into that final passage which is a huge desolate crescendo. Raf, as always, nails these videos as he truly understands the songs and the band and we couldn’t be happier with how this turned out. Enjoy.”
Digipak CD and limited-edition (300) burnt orange vinyl editions of “Virulent Rapture” will be released this Friday, Sept. 25, and are available to order HERE.
Continues Dylan, “'Virulent Rapture' was our first release after a long studio hiatus, so it was a big album for us. We wanted to give our fans something meaty with depth and range, and the mix of heavy riffs and huge orchestration gave it a big and powerful sound to match the importance of the release. Now that it has a reissue through our current label M-Theory Audio with updated artwork and an incredible vinyl print, metalheads will finally have the chance to complete their HECATE collection. All we can say is enjoy, and play it at 11!”
Hailed by New Noise Magazine as “an absolute must for fans of extreme gothic metal,” “Virulent Rapture” – which has been out-of-print for several years – features artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Rotting Christ, The Black Dahlia Murder) and guest vocals by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Mortiis, Therion), as well as newly-written liner notes by the band.
One of the UK underground's longest-running and most respected acts, HECATE ENTHRONED has been praised by the likes of Terrorizer for their “mixture of death metal aggression with black metal atmosphere.” Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen in the mid-1990s, the band is dedicated to delivering their own brand of evil metal with little regard to politics or the trends of popular demand. The group's 1997 debut, the Andy Sneap-produced “The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty” (Blackend Records), was a seminal release in the then-burgeoning orchestral black metal movement, and since then, several studio outputs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal's most important voices.
The group’s 2019 M-Theory Audio debut, “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon,” was HECATE ENTHRONED's first recording with vocalist Joe Stamps, who joined the band in 2015. Co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium), the album saw the band deftly mix black with death, modern with classic and extreme with symphonic. The group is currently writing material for a new record, which they hope to release in 2021.
Progressive Metal Act SCARDUST Unveils Second Video From New Concept Album 'Strangers'
Israeli group’s digital singles ‘Tantibus II’ and ‘Addicted’ available this Friday
The story told by acclaimed Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band SCARDUST in last week's music video for “Tantibus II” is continued in their new music video for “Addicted,” the second single from their upcoming concept album, “Strangers,” which is set to be released on Oct. 30 via M-Theory Audio.
In “Tantibus II,” we met a protagonist who decided to disconnect from reality into her own mind, and now in “Addicted,” we find that there is someone who cares about her. This caring person tries to show her the meaning of addiction, and explain to her that she is running away instead of facing reality.
“This video shows us the passage between the worlds of reality and addiction,” says SCARDUST vocalist Noa Gruman. “The character in 'Addicted' can walk freely between those worlds, as she is neither stuck nor fighting to get out. The choir represents the way out, and the string quartet represents the way in.”
“Addicted” and “Tantibus II” will premiere on streaming platforms this Friday, Sept. 18. The two songs will also be offered as instant downloads with all digital pre-orders of “Strangers.”
SCARDUST has also launched the “Mist Cover Challenge,” an invitation for fans to play or sing along with the final minute of the new song “Mist,” the closing track of “Strangers,” with the chance of winning a deluxe package of signed CD and vinyl copies of “Strangers,” a new SCARDUST t-shirt design and guitar picks. To enter the challenge, follow the instructions at https://scardust.co/mist-cover-challenge/ and upload your video anywhere on social media, tagging the band and including the hashtag #scardustmist. Entries close on Oct. 25, and winners will be announced by the band during a special livestream on Nov. 1.
An intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in, “Strangers” was written and composed jointly by singer Noa Gruman and composer Orr Didi, who also collaborated with Gruman on SCARDUST’s full-length debut “Sands of Time” – which was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – and their 2015 EP “Shadow.” The album also features guest appearances from German folk musician Patty Gurdy, as well as vocals by the Hellscore choir – who are featured prominently on “Addicted” – and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir.
Pre-orders for CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl editions of “Strangers” – mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy) – are now available HERE.
Progressive/Symphonic Metal Act SCARDUST Unveils Music Video for New Single ‘Tantibus II’
Israeli group’s first-ever concept album ‘Strangers’ due out Oct. 30
The acclaimed Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band SCARDUST – whose new concept record, “Strangers,” will be released Oct. 30 – have unveiled a music video for the album’s first single, “Tantibus II.”
“Tantibus II” continues the story of the band’s 2015 song “Tantibus” (a word with Latin roots meaning “nightmare”), in which the protagonist is stuck within a sleep paralysis and looking for a way out. In “Tantibus II,” the protagonist becomes addicted to this feeling and disconnects from reality into her own mind, where she feels safe. The EXIT sign in the video represents a way out of the nightmare, as seen in the original video for “Tantibus” when the protagonist chases it without ever reaching it. The opening shot of “Tantibus II” is an EXIT sign broken into pieces at the feet of the protagonist, who is holding a hammer. This is when she decided to destroy her way out and sink into her nightmare.
“Tantibus II” will not be the end of this tale. Soon, we will discover that there is someone who cares about our protagonist, and their side of this story will be told in the next chapter of this ongoing saga, to be unveiled one week from today.
An intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in, “Strangers” was written and composed jointly by singer Noa Gruman and composer Orr Didi, who also collaborated with SCARDUST on their full-length debut “Sands of Time” – which was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – and their 2015 EP “Shadow.”
The recording sessions for “Strangers” – which includes a guest appearance from German folk musician Patty Gurdy, as well as vocals by the Hellscore choir and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir – began in the winter of 2020. From there, the band was faced with the outbreak of COVID-19, which brutally destroyed their recording plans, ironically forcing them to continue the process in isolation, estranged from one another, in their individual home studios.
Gruman explains, “‘Strangers' deals with the concept of being estranged. Written from multiple perspectives, it explores the ways in which people can be estranged from one another, from themselves, from society, from their loved ones and even from their own subconscious. After the overture, which introduces musical themes, the album separates into two parts. Every song from the second part is a mirror image of a parallel song in the first. Each pair of songs tells the story of a pair of strangers. They can be played together as a standalone piece, as individual songs or as part of the album, whatever the listener’s heart desires.”
Pre-orders for CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl editions of “Strangers” – mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy) and mixed by Yonatan Kossov – available HERE
Israel’s leading progressive metal group, SCARDUST has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X.