On the heels of the 2019 release of pioneering British blackened death metal group HECATE ENTHRONED‘s acclaimed sixth album “Embrace of the Godless Aeon,” M-Theory Audio is proud to announce that its 2013 predecessor, “Virulent Rapture,” will be reissued on Sept. 25. A music video for the album’s “Abyssal March” can be seen at this location https://youtu.be/xjnTRs3fMnM
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, and never before available on vinyl – features artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, 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. Pre-orders on digipak CD and limited-edition (300) burnt orange vinyl are available now at www.smarturl.com/virulent
Says bassist Dylan Hughes, “’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!”
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 full-lengths and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal’s most important voices.
“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.