Sunday, December 9, 2018

Lyric Video Review: HECATE ENTHRONED Temples That Breathe by Dave Wolff

Temples That Breathe (Official Lyric Video)
From the forthcoming album Embrace Of The Godless Aeon, out on M-Theory Audio January 25, 2019
Digital single online now for streaming/download
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Place of origin: United Kingdom
Genre: Blackened death metal
Release date: December 6, 2018
Hecate Enthroned is another band I lost touch with way back when, and happened to hear about by chance the other day. Their first album in five years will be released next month. I have catching up to do, but their lyric video for Temples That Breathe is something I wanted to check out beforehand. When the song’s overture unfolded with its churchlike keyboard passage, I was immediately struck with an impression that a sort of sacred hymn to ancient times was beginning. But nothing is as it seems. As stated by bassist Dylan Hughes, the overture and the song that follows feels like an entity come to breathing life, as real as anything seen or touched. What emerges from this sensation, instead of the angels you expected, is a legion of virulent monsters not too dissimilar in their appearance to those in Cradle Of Filth’s video for From The Cradle To Enslave. Depicting atrocities committed (whether consciously or otherwise) under the guise of religion is no new statement; bands have made such statements countless times in one form or another. However Temples That Breathe is intended to evoke feeling through the music as well as to evoke thought through the lyrics. It compels you to experience their point emotionally as well as experiencing it intellectually. In twenty-four years since their first demo’s release the band has refined their symphonic and orchestral attributes to correspond with their technical maturation. Five years of inactivity hasn’t taken away from their appeal as the keyboards described earlier become like a nightmarish carnival, a suitable soundtrack to lyrics showing what results when religion is used as a vehicle for pride and lust for power. This challenge to fallacious sanctity still needs to be made today, if anything to remind us that it’s not a sweeping charge against religion itself, just those who misuse its message. -Dave Wolff

Joe Stamps: Vocals
Andy Milnes: Guitar
Nigel Dennan: Guitar
Dylan Hughes: Bass
Pete White: Keyboards
Gareth Hardy: Drums

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