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 reissue its 2013 predecessor, “Virulent Rapture.” Hailed by New Noise Magazine as “an absolute must for fans of extreme gothic metal,” the album – which has been out of print for several years, and never before available on vinyl – features guest vocals by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle of Filth, Mortiis, Therion), recolored artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, The Black Dahlia Murder) and a new layout design, including personal liner notes by the band.
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. 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.
1. Thrones of Shadow
3. Abyssal March
4. Plagued by Black Death
6. Virulent Rapture
8. To Wield the Hand of Perdition
9. Of Witchery and the Blood Moon
11. Paths of Silence