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Seven Veils of Silence
( Album Single Vinyl Digital )
Out: 09.05.2006
Hecate
Zhark 12013 - Seven Veils of Silence

1st Veil - Desert Capture
All Night (Scarce of Breathe Mix)
Houris Hours
Nest of Vipers
Black as Silence



HECATE REVIEWED ON BRAINWASHED.COM
"Seven veils of Silence"

The fact that there are disproportionately few female artists making hard electronic (or any electronic) music is both a blessing and a curse for Rachael Kozak, aka Hecate. She gets to stand alone in a room full of boys on most occassions as the only woman ready to rip up the decks and bring the noise, but I have a feeling that too often her work is judged on a different scale or with different rules because she is such an anomaly. To be fair, Hecate plays directly into the interest in her feminity by referencing cruel and powerful women in her work, and by sampling what sound like evil witches who fly out from the speakers at 180 degrees from dark music's normal horror samples of women screaming at their own impending doom. In fact, the "I WILL kiss your mouth" sample in "Nest of Vipers" is downright chilling, and a bit like listening to a role-reversed rapist threatening her victim. It's this kind of play on gender roles and worship of the power of women in the occult that gives Seven Veils of Silence its unnerving power. As the album rolls on, it begins to feel like a horrific and sadistic feminist manifesto played out with exotic middle eastern and Indian loops and spastic distorted beat programming. Hecate dials down the danceability for Seven Veils in favor of atmospherics and the frantic, nervous rhythms of ritual. The beats sound more like the pounding drums of blood rites than the breakbeats of her previous work, and while there's still a firm root in the world of manipulated and cut-up breakbeat music, the goal here is surely miles away from the dancefloor. Ambient interlude tracks combine monsterous growling and the squall of back-masked demons set to throbbing bass synths, but serve only as moody segues to the tunes where Hecate does her real damage. This kind of focus on bleak soundscapes, anguished samples, and tortured drum beats isn't going to be for everyone, and repeated listenings have burnt the images of scorpion nests and poisons and black angels in my mind enough that I won't be seeking out similar material for a while. However, this is an accomplished and well-rounded disc that makes a perfect Halloween soundtrack to scare the kiddies, and a good album for those times when you feel like exploring your evil, seductive, corrupted, and ultimately powerful feminine side.- Matthew Jeanes

AND FROM IGLOO.COM

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, Contributor
Hecate
Zhark 12013 - Seven Veils of Silence

1st Veil - Desert Capture
All Night (Scarce of Breathe Mix)
Houris Hours
Nest of Vipers
Black as Silence