Hexvessel returns with their 6th album later this year and the first single drops soon, on May 25th, 2023 via Svart Records! Pre-order the strictly limited 7″ of the new track »Older Than The Gods« now, with rare B-side non-album track »Black Mountain Poet«, limited to just 200 copies via Svart Records. Don’t sleep on this soon-to-be gold dust!
Pre-order here: svartrecords.com
A1. Older Than The Gods
B1. Black Mountain Poet
Founded in the magical forests of Finland, via the green and pleasant lands of England and Ireland, enigmatic “spirit-trafficking” Finnish forest-psych weirdos Hexvessel are wyrd folk. Formed in 2009 by English/Irish singer/songwriter Mat “Kvohst” McNerney, also known for his work with Beastmilk (now known as Grave Pleasures), The Deathtrip, guest spots with Carpenter Brut and Me & That Man and his earlier work with Norwegian black metal bands Code & Dødheimsgard, Hexvessel has truly become a melting cauldron or “vessel”, a potent “hex” of spellwork.
Hexvessel spin songs in the oral tradition of the old balladeers, conjuring wild psychedelic rituals and hypnotic pagan prayers. By drawing on older folk acts like Shirley Collins, Vashti Bunyan, later psych rock bands and 90s black metal to more recent artists such as Current93, Nick Cave and Coil, imbued with Karelian and Nordic folklore rhythms, Hexvessel have created a sound that is both ancient, heavy, modern and genre-less.
Hexvessel have been previously nominated for 2 Finnish Emma (Grammy) awards, 2 Metal Hammer awards and 3 Prog Magazine awards, winning 2 Finnish Femma awards and landed several times in both the national and alternative charts in Finland. Rock-A-Rolla Magazine dubbed them “an ever-shifting beast, floating between unhurried bliss and fevered rapture.” Hexvessel’s sound expands outward from their eerie, signature, ritual-esque folk into a genre-twisting cauldron of otherworldly rock that Prog Magazine identifies containing nods towards “the Beatles, HP Lovecraft and King Crimson.”
Mathew Kvohst McNerney – Vocals, Guitar
Kimmo Helén – Piano, Keys, Viola, Violin, Trumpet, Backing Vocals
Jukka Rämänen – Drums, Percussion, Bass guitar
Jesse Heikkinen – Lead guitar, Acoustic guitars & 12-string guitars, Backing Vocals
Ville Hakonen – Bass
With additional members:
Marja Konttinen – Backing Vocals
Daniel Pioro – Violin
Antti Haapapuro – Found sounds/FX
Andrew McIvor – Guitars