"No Holier Temple"

 by Octopi Mills

What is Hexvessel? Finnish "psychedelic" folk, some have called it, in this attempt by men of words, and of press or our Bugbear friends at Svart records..To words we are thus bound and enslaved in many ways, so me must try and grapple with these at times- though the music is not novel, by any means, and this means nothing, usually, in terms of quality...

The music does have a sort of aura that is of the 70s charm, which seems to be a big influence on the album, overall, especially in guitar works.Lyrically, there is a lot going on, and it it is said some of the themes of the album pay homage to naturalist John Muir, and some recent, more radical advocates like David Foreman and Howie Wolke. Some of those who listen to metal may make comparisons, at times to Opeth... this would be to miss the point, and there may be similar influences in many of the situations we compare such things-even entire eras that are defined by simple notes, cords or even sounds like the same amplification or effects. There are a lot of different moods in the songs, and some tranquil moments, but the overall praise is in nature, and overtly pagan in theme. It is hard to point out a particular genre, as there are moments of old school rock riffs, !960s and 70s sounding British-folk and acoustic passages, as well as like sounding organs, violin, banjo, besides bass and percussion. The band are a wide array of folks, and it comes together sounding like a band. There are some tripped out moments, and tranquil ones. The song "Are You Coniferous?" is a great and instant classic, and one with some dark, leafy humor that almost sounds like something from Tom Waits... an accusation, whether of merit or not, is a compliment to many a strange tune, when lost for all other words.

This is the second album of Hexvessel, and upon hearing this, I am curious to hear more. The rustic, pagan folk is more in the range of older nostalgia, than say a pure sort of folk of whatever diverse nature, and there is some good organ that might recall good old Ray Manzarek, from The Doors, and some of the lyrics could be appreciated by the ghost of Gerald Gardener's coven or perhaps a worker of Thelema. I can hear something of this man's influence for a lot of things in the lyrics and music, and one can here something like a musical Heremtic Order of the Golden Dawn,going on at times. The spoken, poetic pieces give the album a good, overall vitality, and lends much credit and honor to the notion of returning to the wood and passive/aggressively channeling world downfall, something toyed and longed by all or most good men of the briers and thorns; reeds, sands and hills. Photos seem like family, and there is a dog therein. There is a heart to the music, and this is sorely missing in the world. It should be said it is worthy of some well mentioned praise, and it is interesting enough to warrant the listen. Some honorable mention must also be made of the lyrical and song themes, a message which gives the music magic and fire.