Hecate are a duo from Egypt that plays an atmospheric and old school mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album which was released by Winterwolf Records.
An ambient style synth starts off the album and also gives the music a horror movie and epic feeling as well as bringing in heavy guitars and after t he intro the music starts going into more of a raw, fast and melodic black metal direction along with some blast beats and high [itched screams before bringing in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
At times the vocals can be very grim in sound and they also bring in death metal growls in certain sections of the recording and when solos and leads are added into the music they also bring in more of a melodic and atmospheric sound and on some of the tracks there are also bits and pieces of clean playing and acoustic guitars being added into some of the songs.
A couple of the tracks are long and epic in length and also bring in a small amount of synths which also gives their music and atmospheric 90's black metal feeling when they are utilized and some of the heavier riffing also brings in more of a blackened death metal feeling at times while the main focus is more on a traditional black metal style and towards the end a brief use of spoken word parts are added onto one of the tracks.
Hecate takes the raw, melodic and atmospheric sides of 90's black metal and combines them with a more modern blackened death metal sound to create their own style, the production sounds very dark, heavy and powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover darkness, occultism, war and anti christian themes.
In my opinion Hecate are a very great sounding raw, atmospheric and melodic mixture of black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "When Eternity Dwells In Frost" "The Order of the Black Light" and "Signs Of Horns". 8 out of 10.