, but the follow-up to 2004's 'Goddess' is now finally going to be released on June 10th under the title of 'Die Welt der dunklen Gärten' (engl.: 'The World of Dark/Cryptic Gardens'). On their fifth studio album to date, the group - which ranks among the pioneers of the German Neofolk scene - looks back to the mystical root s of their earlier works and forges a bridge from Classical elements and Oriental rhythms to melancholic Folk.
Nearly seven (!) years after 'Goddess', Hekate
prove once more, 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 pe-rcussion arrangements so typical of Hekate
as well as the alternating vocals by Susanne Grosche
and Axel Menz
The brilliant production courtesy of Patrick Damiani
) lends a flair of simple beauty to this album. 'Die Welt der dunklen Gärten' sees Hekate
return to Neofolk's first division with the possibly strongest album of their career thus far. The expressive cover artwork is intended as a homage to Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach
's painting 'Per Aspera ad Astra'.