Hecate are a band from Egypt that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays more of a symphonic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "In Nomine Artem Blackium" which consists of a black metal album and a classical album as the second disc.
Symphonic sounds start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the times while the vocals are done in mostly a grim black metal style. Choirs can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with death metal growls also being a very huge part of the songs and the riffs also add in a great amount of melody.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can also be heard while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When spoken word parts are utilized they also give the songs more of a ritualistic feeling along with some songs also adding in some clean playing.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody. Operatic female vocals can also be heard briefly on a few songs as well as one track also adding in a brief use of tribal style drumming. On the second disc they take the songs of the first album and take them into more of an orchestral and classical direction but also retains the symphonic elements. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism and Anti Cosmic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording f rom Hecate and if you are a fan of symphonic blackened death emtal and neo-classical, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "King Ov the Underworld" "Sons Ov hecate" and "Oceams ov Hell". 8 out of 10.