Hekate (Sermons To The Black Owl)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11 - Editors' Pick
Genre: Hard rock, Metal
Sounds Like: Witchskull, Badlands
Marcus De Pasquale could be one of the best vocal talents to bless our continent since Bruce Dickinson
Less vocal intensity as compared to Witchskull, but intriguing tones and more patience purveying the landscapes from the veteran
Impressive fretwork from Ashley and Marcus, less Witchskull metal more grassroots hard rock with rich melodies
Apologies for the multiple Witchskull references but they are fucking legendary and a required comparison
Sermons To the Black Owl is an impressive debut loaded with dramatic contrast and thickly settled song structure
Track by Track Breakdown
1. Isobel’s Chambers (3:26)
Brilliant closure to this track, start-stop momentum, last minute is stellar.
2. Winter Void (4:50)
Downtrodden start quickly builds to hazy heights and comes full circle nicely.
Child of Black Magick (3:40)
riving guitar hook, drills into the listener’s psyche. Plodding forward movement.
3. Burning Mask (4:16) Standout Track
Frailty and despair are pummeled by the wild guitar rhythms and dueling solos. Classic vibe.
4. Obscene Goddess (3:53)
Feels like the guitar section came straight out of a classic Badlands track….Jake E. Lee influences no doubt.
5. Carpathian Eagle (4:25)
Hear the wings flapping, soaring licks, majestic views.
6. Cassowary Dreaming (3:10)
Melodic dueling guitars take over this track midway, the core focal point.
7. Acoustic Outro (:48)
We Outro diddy.
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Marcus De Pasquale - Vox, Guitar, Keys
Ashley Byron - Guitar
Mal Lloyd - Bass
Nathan Millett - Drums