| German Import
| HEKATE have been working even longer on their new album than SOL INVICTUS, but the follow-up to 2004's Goddess
is now finally going to be released under the title of Die Welt der Dunklen Gärten
('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 roots 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. Once more outstanding are the varied percussion arrangements so typical of HEKATE as well as the alternating vocals by Susanne Grosche and Axel Menz. The brilliant production courtesy of Patrick Damiani (ROME) lends a flair of simple beauty to this album. Die Welt der dunklen Gärten sees HEKATE return to Neofolk's first division with possibly the strongest album of their career to date.
The expressive cover artwork is intended as a homage to Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach's painting "Per Aspera ad Astra".