HEXVESSEL

(FINLAND)

ALL TREE

(2019)
LABEL:

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

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OTHERS

TAGS:
Acoustic, Celtic, Folk, Hovering, Intimist, Melancholic
""All Tree" is a beautiful folk album and an amazing invitation to travel"
DARIALYS (31.01.2019)  
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With its green forests, snow-covered landscapes, fascinating mythology populated by legendary creatures and deities, Finland is a fascinating land. This is certainly the reason why so many local bands ave been inspired by this heritage through their music. We can imagine that this is what led Mathew McNerney, an English metal singer, to move first to Norway and the Netherlands before moving to Finland. Freshly arrived in Helsinki, he founded Hexvessel.

Labelled as a psychedelic and progressive folk rock band in its early days, ten years later, the sextet's style has evolved with its third album, "All Tree". It is in the corner of the fire, in the heart of Finnish nature and full of nostalgia that frontman Mathew McNerney found the inspiration for this new album, the spirit filled with hypnotic natural landscapes.

This soothing setting is felt deep within the thirteen tracks that make up the opus. Musically, the progressive rock that tinted the first compositions has given way to a folk music that is sometimes atmospheric and often dark, whose melodies remind us of the winter cold. So we are at the opposite end of the metal world that forged the identity of the British composer!

After a very beautiful a cappella intro, it is 'Son Of The Sky' that takes place with its atmosphere reminiscent of medieval Scandinavian scenes and its violin, symbol of Celtic reminiscences. The atmosphere is often dark as on the very beautiful "Changeling" evoking a walk through a snow-covered forest.

Sometimes we also find more minimalist and intimate atmospheres such as on "Old Tree", the first refined, which remains an acoustic jewel, sublimated by a slow and painful violin solo. We even meet the grace on the ballad "Birthmark", the main piece of the album with its chorus of great sensitivity and rare beauty while remaining very simple. But Hexvessel also knows how to vary the atmosphere, as shown by the festive "Wilderness Spirit" and its theme led by a jumping violin evoking Celtic dances in a joyful tavern where litres of beer flow freely.

"All Tree" is therefore a beautiful folk album that can still be listened to with the same pleasure despite repeated listening. More than just a record, it is an invitation to travel, to be one with Finnish nature, generous and mystical, an initiation to letting go, a door to a spiritual escape.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Blessing - 0:23
02. Son Of The Sky - 4:57
03. Old Tree - 3:30
04. Changeling - 4:04
05. Ancient Astronaut - 3:35
06. Visions Of A.o.s. - 1:45
07. A Sylvan Sign - 6:27
08. Wilderness Spirit - 4:20
09. Otherworld Envoy - 3:11
10. Birthmark - 4:30
11. Journey To Carnac - 2:01
12. Liminal Night - 3:34
13. Closing Circles - 3:41

LINEUP:
Andrew Mcivor: Guitares
Antti Haapapuro: Effets Sonores
Jesse Heikkinen: Guitares
Jukka Rämänen: Basse / Batterie
Kimmo Helén: Basse / Claviers / Piano, Alto
Marja Konttinen: Chant / Percussions
Mathew Kvohst Mcnerney: Chant
Daniel Pioro: Invité / Violon
Dirk Campbell: Invité / Flûte, Duduk
   
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