Hekate's return to their musical roots
Nearly seven years after "Goddess," Hekate release their fifth studio album "Die Welt der dunklen Gärten" in order to prove that they have lost nothing of their expressive and artistic powers. Music-wise, "Die Welt ..." forges a bridge from Classical elements and Oriental rhythms to melancholic Folk. Once more outstanding are the varied percussion arrangements so typical of Hekate, as well as the alternating vocals by Susanne Grosche and Axel Menz. The brilliant production courtesy of Patrick Damiani (Rome) lends a flair of simple beauty to this album. The selection of lyrics is remarkable as well: apart from the band's own words, you will find adaptations of classic poetry by Lord Byron ("Byronic Hero"), Joseph von Eichendorff ("Opportunity of Time"), and Hermann Löns ("Die Blaue Blume").