Dylan, bassist of Hecate Enthrone Unveils Upcoming Plans for New Album
It's been five years since our Welsh blooded kings of chaos Hecate Enthroned graced the UK black metal underground with "Redimus," an immaculately matched, malignant hybrid of "Kings of Chaos" era death metal and the symphonic black gloss of "Slaughter of Innocence." After sensing an eerie quiet on the western front and hoping that they hadn't squirmed too far into obscurity Charlotte was lucky enough to catch up with Dylan and discuss the band's emerging plans for a new album.
Charlotte: You've been keeping pretty quiet for the last few years and haven't revealed much about the studio album that you've released in 2006, having streamed only one track "Life." You wouldn't mind revealing a little more about the studio album would you?
Dylan: We haven't released an album since "Redimus" back in 2004, for various reasons, mainly other commitments arising from growing family situations within the band and personal issues. The track "Life" was done along with "Euphoric and Scarred" as promo tracks for perspective labels, which we decided to put on our My Space as tasters for the new album. We also took time to consider our options after leaving our former label Blackend.
Charlotte: As I understand, some of the new material from the studio release including "Life" will be included in the new album.. How are plans shaping up for the release? Do you have a date set for the release of the album? I know it might be a little too early to disclose information….
Dylan: We have decided to record future albums ourselves therefore negating the need to rely on a label to fund an album. So we brought the studio equipment ourselves and have been recording the new release. It has taken time but it has been a learning experience for us as we have only assisted in the past with recording. We are now doing everything ourselves, recording, engineering, mixing, producing and mastering. It's been a good experience and is sounding huge so far. Once completed we will look for a label, requiring only promotion and distribution. We have considered doing this ourselves and if a suitable deal doesn't arise we will promote and distribute ourselves. We'll see. But we're hoping for a release early next year.
Charlotte: After hearing "Life," I noticed there's more of a progressive stance at play with the familiar synth arrangement found on older albums such as "Slaughter of Innocence" and "Upon Promethian Shores." Will the rest of the album carry on in a similar vein?
Dylan: Yes "Life" and other new tracks have the familiar old Hecate Orchestration make up, mainly due to Pete (keys) is that sort of pianist and arranger. He likes that style and comes up with lots of layered strings and choirs. It's very big and epic sounding but also very heavy, in fact our heaviest effort yet, as there may be a lot of synth but the majority of songs were written on guitar and are very riff heavy. It's a good amalgamation of crushing heaviness, breakneck speed and huge epic passages. We're very pleased with how the songs are arranged.
Charlotte: You've been playing a variety of small UK dates recently, the last of which was with Fintroll at Wrexham Central station last Sunday. After the album launch do you think you'll have any UK/Europe tours scheduled?
Dylan: We played my home town Wrexham with Finntroll and Battlelore, and Manchester the day after with them. Very good gigs and good crowds, especially Wrexham. It was good to play with Finntroll again and good to get in front of some big crowds again. We have played a lot of gigs and festivals in the years since "Redimus" and always receive a good reception. We love playing live and feel this is where we belong. We are a live band, no doubt, and should be witnessed to gain the full HE experience. Yes on release of the new album we plan a lot of UK and euro dates, we have some euro promoters awaiting. We also have a South American tour booked for January next year. This should be good as it is our first time in South America, we look forward greatly to getting over there and playing some fuck off shows.
Charlotte: Your line up has in the past been subject to some quite dramatic changes, but now a sextet, it seems pretty stable. Are you happy with the line up as it is? In the past has it been a case of looking for the right musician or taking the best musician you can find at any one given time?
Dylan: Yes in the past there has been a lot of changes, but any serious changes have been long in the past. This core has been in place for many many years, the last change was Pete coming in on keys and this was about 4 years ago now. People tend to forget that we have been going for 15 years now, and this core has been together for over 10 of those. Sometimes some people tend to concentrate too much on what has happened in the dim and distant past instead of what has happened in more recent times and indeed what is happening now. I regard myself as being very lucky in respect of having played music with very talented and committed musicians for the majority of my playing life. Finding like minded people can be very difficult and some people never achieve this and never get their bands off the ground cos of it, however good they are as a musician. We have always managed to find very suitable replacements when needed as i think settling for anyone even if they dont fit is a mistake. We have got rid of people too when this has been the case. But as i said previously we have a superb line up, musically and personally, we are all very good friends and are focused in the same direction.
Charlotte: Looking back over the bands history there's been a few long periods of stagnancy, do you see time out as a necessary course of action in allowing ideas to breathe and take shape naturally? Or is it something different?
Dylan: I personally would continuously record, release and tour laughs but this isn't always possible, as a band is the sum of all it's parts and things arise in life that do take us away from what we would like and plan to do. Any periods of stagnancy have been down to personal issues with different members at different times, it's life I'm afraid. During these periods (which have been gaps in re-releases) we have still written together and gigged, even if only over here or one off festivals over in Europe. And as we are so close as a band, we have waited together and worked when time has allowed and got through it. Some bands maybe get other members in or go forward on their own, but we choose to record and release with all of us, that's what HE is. There have been (and are) side projects to keep us busy and keep the fingers warm, so we've never really been inactive, it just seems like that from an album perspective.
Charlotte: Is there anything else you want to add before we finish?
Dylan: To all our fans out there, we thank you from the depths of our dark hearts for your continuous support, trust and faith in us. You remain our greatest muse and we look forward to twisting your dark souls some more on the road somewhere. Stay true to yourselves.
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