¥739 hecate. seven veils of silence. cd. hymen records. october2k4

 

tracklist:

1st veil - desert capture
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nest of vipers
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houris' hours
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3rd veil - salome's command
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premordial dance
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all night (scarce of breath mix)
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virgin moon
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desecration of the baptist
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where is your lord now?
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5th veil - destroy the bastard prophet
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black as silence
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succumb unto the rapture
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7th veil - overwhelming lacerations
*.mp3


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salome removed her almond eyes from their sockets and placed them in the sand, irises up. she did this without hesitation and with all deliberateness. the sky shone cobalt as tiny granules streaked across her pupils and sclera, which faded from white to creamy bloodshot, caving inward absent the reassuring pressure of her skull. a hiss leaked from the sunken orbs and the process was complete. it would better enable her to hear the music wafting in the wind, hecate’s seven veils of silence.

salome had heard the music for some time now. the haunting dulcimer sounds of the santur in “1st veil - desert capture” began to move through her after her mother, herodias, sliced the flaccid tongue of john as it sat on the silver salver, the rhythm turning martial and full of cymbal brashness in“nest of vipers.” the baleful sound of “houris’ hours” and “3rd veil - salome’s command” remained vague like a metallic ambience, a remembrance of her lascivious cavorting for herod, gyrating and thrusting with wickedness for him as the undulating pulse of “premordial dance” eased through her consciousness.

the sounds had followed her throughout her life, even to her death in the frozen river sikoris, her own head rent from its body by shards of ice. as she watched her arms writhe below the frozen river, the alarming chime cries and woeful clashing static clacking of “all night” gave way to the shrouded percussion and wandering lyrical melody of a ney flute in “desecration of the baptist.” even when her severed head reeled down the pitched ice to the bank of the sikoris, the desolate winter landscape tumbling through her eyes, salome sensed only the strange echoing ney, the staccato pounding of a rumbling daf drum of “black as silence” and “7th veil - overwhelming lacerations.”

where this music came from, salome did not know—not even as her own head found itself staring blankly back at herod and herodias. it was not for another two thousand years that she learned her venomous guile inspired hecate to craft seven veils of silence. finally unleashed, hecate’s seven veils of silence is salome’s only comfort in the underworld, rendering useless those eyes which had once glowered at the beheading of john the baptist.



igloo
http://igloomag.com/doc.php?task=view&id=828&category=reviews

the dark lady is back, and she's getting better and better with every record. ascension chamber was a different step in her production, this seven veils of silence is an excellent follow-up, and it's even more fascinating. it doesn't sound breakcore anymore, there are only some jungle breaks here and there but they don't affect the dark rarefied atmoshpere of the album. there are a lot of oriental influences instead, like horns, chants and percussions, mixed with buzzing bass and clicky electronics. the overall sound is gloomy, menacing and claustrophobic, emphasized by the apocalyptical landscape of the artwork. the "veil" tracks are beatless interludes between more rhythmical pieces, some of them could be even used as bizarre dancefloor tunes. "nest of vipers" features some serious bass, "all night" causes an earthquake with rattling percussions, "desecration of the baptist" and "where is your lord now?" are weird arabian-dancehall hybrids, "black as silence" shows some drilling drums and towards the end comes the one i rate as the highest moment on the entire cd; "succumb unto the rapture." it's a thrilling death march that features hellish vocals from rachael kozak herself. obscure and esoteric, it's a valid alternative to satanic death-metal. joking apart, seven veils of silence defines a genre on its owns, a kind of fiendish electronic you won't find elsewhere. (luca maini)

 

etherreal
http://www.etherreal.com/magazine/disques/?file=hecate_sevenveilsofsilence

chronique à rebours, à l'inverse de hecq (scatterheart), paru le même mois, sur le même label (ceux qui l'ont lu comprendront), voici un excellent album d'une artiste pourtant très (trop) difficile auparavant. en effet, hecate et ses divers projets n'ont jamais été ma tasse de thé. trop extrême, trop brutal, trop crue. pourtant fan de david cronenberg j'aurais dû accrocher avec the magick of female ejaculation, l'album précédent de rachael kozak (son vrai patronyme) basé sur des samples organiques capturés lors de ces divers rapports sexuels (tout y passe et on en apprend beaucoup sur les penchant de la demoiselle, dans le livret). pourtant, celui-ci nous avait laissé un goût pour le moins douteux sur la langue. l'intéressée sourirait si elle nous lisait, puisqu'en bonne provocatrice c'est bien évidemment l'effet qu'elle souhaitait provoquer. n'oublions pas que dans la grèce antique, hecate est le nom d'une célèbre divinité du monde souterrain, présidant aux apparitions des fantômes et aux sortilèges. on est donc loin ici, d'un personnage politiquement correct. or, si son nouvel opus, seven veils of silence n'est pas moins habité de sourdes vibrations occultes, il présente des aspects bien plus attrayant que ces violents prédécesseurs. apparemment inspirée par son compagnon de label mathias mootz (panacea / m2 - lire squaremeter) et son album d'obédience "jihadi" aswad (ant-zen juin 2004) rachael kozak nous livre ici sa version personnelle des "milles et une nuits", mais surtout de l'histoire de salomé et st jean baptiste. de démons et autres sortilèges il sera aussi question ici, mais en version orientale (nest of viper, salome's command, desert rapture), hecate semblant particulièrement apprécier ce passage sanglant et passablement malsain de la bible. les goules étant des créations d'origines musulmanes (du mot ghül en arabe), ceci explique peut-être cela. musicalement, seven veils of silence célèbre l'union de l'electronica et du broken beat torturé, façon venetian snares, noyé dans une ambiance moyen-orientale qui n'est pas non plus sans rappeler muslimgauze (autre feu-grand prophète électronique impliqué dans la lutte pour la reconnaissance musulmane dans le monde). même si les chœurs distordus et les breaks plombés de rachael évoque sans peine ses œuvres antérieures, plus brutes, il règne sur ce disque une atmosphère un rien plus sereine (oserais-je dire "écoutable") au moins musicalement, les thèmes, eux étant très sombre. cela vient-il des mélodies orientales qui enrobent de leurs sonorités hypnotiques la plupart des tracks ou d'une maturité nouvelle de cette sorcière électro ? on ne saurait le dire. toujours est-il que seven veils of silence, de part ces influences, ces thématiques et son aspect "concept album" est une œuvre rare et riche qui mérite d'être écoutée. c'est aussi une bonne surprise de la part de cette artiste hors-normes et sans concession. (maxence grugier)

 

neural.it
http://www.neural.it/rec/hecatesevenveils.htm

ritorna su hymen records rachael kozak, in arte hecate (nome di una divinità greca del mondo sotterraneo che presiede all'apparizione di fantasmi e sortilegi), ispirandosi questa volta alle lascive danze di salomè in un connubio assai sperimentale ed oscuro d'elettronica tecnologica e melodie esotiche. suoni mediorientali e battute rotte, atmosfere compresse (almeno quanto l'erotismo nelle civiltà mussulmane), agiti da questa ragazza terribile (l'autrice di 'the magick of female ejaculation') amante delle tinte forti ma dotata di una notevole capacità evocativa. nell'ordine dei vari brani, le scansioni metalliche, di taglio quasi industriale, succedono ai campionamenti, alternate a momenti e suggestioni più ambientali, in una sorta di mille e una notte del radicalismo techno. con titoli come 'salome's command', 'destroy the bastard phrophet', 'succumb unto the rapture' le allusioni si moltiplicano con rimandi incrociati fra storia, mito e contemporaneità. una splendida prova per questa artista che sempre più s'impone alla ribalta dell'attenzione internazionale. (aurelio cianciotta)

 

a review in russian language by valentin laboda:
http://labella.h1.ru/reviews/?hecate2004

 

black

salomes schleiertanz als düstere breakcorevision: hecate macht’s möglich. rausgekommen ist eine erstaunlich runde platte, die weniger auf hektische soundschrapnelle als auf dunkle stimmungen setzt. um die midtempo beats rankt sich vielerlei experimentalismus der besseren sorte. muslimgauzes instrumentierungsplünderung des levants trifft auf industrial-ambient, 50er jahre elektronikgefiepe und geschüttelte beats ohne bollerdogma. teilweise ist das ganz nah dran an lustmord mit rhythmus. und das ist ein ganz großes kompliment. dass sounddesign und die klangerkundungen außerhalb der standard breakcore party tracks sind beeindruckend. hecate hat sich viel mühe gegeben mit dem zusammenbasteln. das ist ein platte ohne schnelle halbwertszeit. die wird auch noch in fünf jahren hörbar bleiben. schmutzige keller-rave-freunde werden nur bedingt glücklich mit dem album, alle anderen können sich an einer metallic-ofra haza aus dem jenseits laben. super. (tô)



club metropolis
http://www.club-metropolis.dk/clubhits/default.tpl?action=review_cd&kind=new

after a bunch of eps, cooperation with lustmord and venitian snares and two albums during the last few years, hecate is often referred to as the queen of dark/break-core. and it is true that "the magick of female ejaculation" (2002) and "ascension chamber" (2003) are good albums. with "seven veils of silence" she shows far more personality and ingenuity, though. this music can not easily be labeled. try dirty drum 'n' bass with oriental sounds and vocals, sometimes industrial ambient with tribal elements, always experimental. "seven veils of silence" is like a long, confusing journey in a far away country. the first few tracks, "desert capture" and "nest of vipers" serves as a mystical, moody intro. and by the third track, the cut up rythms and breaks are starting to overtake the sound landscape. the deep, slightly distorted, bass is present. then, with "3rd veil - salome's command" comes a dark, noisy mood that drives the listener down to the deepest, gloomiest parts of their soul - like a twisted horror movie soundtrack. and just when it was too dark to see anything, "premordial dance" lightens it all up with a drum 'n' bass bottom. the screams and distortions in the background makes it all a bit weird. "all night" starts out with distorted male vocals on top of the deepest, deepest bass. the mood softens slightly up again with "desecration of the babtist" where ancient oriental tunes blend with subtle electronic rythms. the album's best track is "where is your lord now?" with its catchy hook line and the perfect timing of rythms and vocals. a masterpiece, indeed. it then all rounds up quite nicely, with what sounds like an outtro: "5th veil - destroy the bastard prophet", a myriad of windy dark cathedral voices mixed with troubling sounds (like at the albums beginning). unfortunately, that is not the end of the album! there are three more tracks, where the oriental flutes, talking vocals and breaks gets a bit too much. it is tempting to wish that the album ended after 10 tracks. but that should not overshadow the fact that this highly original album is hecate's best.  "hecate is the greek goddess of the crossroads. she is most often depicted as having three heads; one of a dog, one of a snake and one of a horse." (reidun nymark)

hecate discography (excerpt):
negative world status. 12". zhark 12004
at the seven gates. 12" zhark 12007
the magick of female ejaculation. 2x12" / cd. praxis 35 / zharklp1
hate cats ep. 12". praxis 32
ascension chamber. 2x12" / cd. praxis 40
capricorn connectrix. 12". yb-70.07
law of the battle of conquest (w/ lustmord). cd-ep / 12". hymen records
¥041/¥726
seven veils of silence. cd. hymen records ¥739

hecate website:
http://www.zhark.org

 

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