Hecate Enthroned

The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty

Hecate Enthroned - The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty ©1997 Metal Blade
1. Goetia
2. Beneath A December Twilight
3. The Spell Of The Winter Forest
4. Aflame In The Halls Of Blasphemy
5. A Monument For Eternal Martyrdom
6. The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty
7. At The Haunted Gallows Of Dawn
8. Christfire
9. Within The Ruins Of Eden
10. The Danse Macabre

Little Known Black Metal Facts #18: Cradle of Filth has a little brother and his name is Hecate Enthroned.

Actually, there is a direct connection between the two bands as vocalist Jon (none of the band members use surnames...probably don't want to embarrass their mums) used to play bass for C.O.F. in an early incarnation of the band. But he doesn't stop there. Rather than forge a completely separate identity, Hecate Enthroned follows right behind their more famous English brethen almost completely. Jon's high screamy vocals resemble Dani's, the symphonic black metal soundtracks are quite similar, and so on. Not only that, the band photos resemble C.O.F. You'd almost wonder what the point of this album is. Oh yeah...regardless of the blatant mirroring, Hecate Enthroned's product is quite good. If only they would explore the very somber and eerie ambience of "At the Haunted Gallows of Dawn" and try finding their own identity (along with Jon adopting his own vocal approach), Hecate Enthroned could easily find themselves perched atop the British black metal throne. A worthwhile purchase for anyone who can't get enough of Cradle of Filth.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/1997

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Dark Requiems And Unsilent Massacre

Hecate Enthroned - Dark Requiems And Unsilent Massacre ©1998 Metal Blade
1. (Intro) In Nomine Satanas
2. The Pagan Swords Of Legend
3. Centuries Of Wolfen Hunger
4. Forever In Ebony Drowning
5. Upon The Kingdom Throne
6. For Thee, In Sinful Obscurity
7. Dark Requiems And Unsilent Massacres
8. Thy Sorrow Bequeathed
9. The Scarlet Forsaken
10. Ancient Graveless Dawn

Puh-leez. Whereas the debut full-length from Hecate Enthroned at least had promise and a handful of good songs, Dark Requiems completely fails to show any progression or attempts to be original. This excruciatingly flimsy and derivative work does nothing but ape Cradle of Filth, but with even less flair or ability. The vocals are identical in every way. To be honest, it's downright disgusting to hear someone go to such great lengths to imitate someone else. Is their no pride for Jon, the Hecate Enthroned. vocalist? On the last album, I was able to tolerate the similarities because the occasional song was very good. This is not true on Dark Requiems. Everything here comes across as uninspired and generic. Pompous keyboards, predictable arrangements, unenthusiastic performance. It just goes by the numbers in the tradition of better known British black metal bands. I just can't fathom why Hecate Enthroned is unwilling to distinguish themselves with something more original and interesting. Skip this by all means.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/1999

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