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Latest Hexvessel News

Below is our complete Hexvessel news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Alcest To Tour With Hexvessel

Alcest has announced a 20 date European tour together with Hexvessel and The Fauns. Dates are available below, and the band comments:

"We are glad to reveal our three-weeks tour in January/February 2014 in Europe to promote Alcest's upcoming album 'Shelter.' We will be accompanied by our friends from Hexvessel, the Finnish folk/psychedelic sorcerers whom we've played with several times already. Also with us will be The Fauns, a great shoegaze/dream pop act from UK, signed on Invada, the label ran by Geoff Barrow (Portishead). We worked a lot on this package to make it as diverse and interesting as possible and hope you will enjoy it!"

17.01.2014 AT - Vienna / Szene
18.01.2014 DE - Munich / Backstage Halle
19.01.2014 CH - Lucerne / Schüür
21.01.2014 DE - Cologne / Gebäude 9
22.01.2014 DE - Berlin / Lido
23.01.2014 PL - Warszawa / Klub Hydrozagadka
24.01.2014 LT - Vilnius / New York Club
25.01.2014 FI - Helsinki / Korjaamo
26.01.2014 FI - Tampere / Klubi
28.01.2014 NO - Oslo / John Dee
29.01.2014 SW - Stockholm / Debaser Ballroom
30.01.2014 DK - Copenhagen / BETA
31.01.2014 NL - Arnhem / Luxor Live
01.02.2014 UK - London / Islington Assembly Hall
02.02.2014 FR - Paris / Divan Du Monde
04.02.2014 PO - Porto / Hard Club
05.02.2014 ES - Madrid / Joy Eslava
06.02.2014 ES - Barcelona / Apolo
07.02.2014 FR - Luynes / Le Korigan
08.02.2014 IT - Brescia / Circolo Colony

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Justin Oakey To Shoot Movie

Justin Oakey - known for his music videos for Hexvessel, Ulver, and Hooded Menace - will begin shooting his debut film, "The World is Burning," this spring. Mat McNerney of Hexvessel is currently writing exclusive music for the film, which will be released by Svart Records on separate CD/DVD and LP/DVD sets during the autumn of 2013.

As part of the funding campaign for the short movie - going on until the end of January at Indiegogo here - interested parties can purchase a limited edition colored vinyl version of the soundtrack, of which only 100 will be made. Also available to pre-order via the campaign site is the CD/DVD version. The campaign has already gone over the 5000 CAD goal, but all extra funds are welcome and will be used to make the film sets more lavish.

"The World Is Burning" is a short narrative film set in Newfoundland, written and to be directed by Justin Oakey. The story focuses on a young man living in Toronto. After learning his grandfather was fatally attacked by coyotes, he returns to rural Newfoundland to be with his family. His return becomes a reunion with a traditional lifestyle he had left behind when, late one night, he finds himself deep in the forest hunting the coyotes. More...

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Hexvessel Releases New Music Video

After posting the video for "His Portal Tomb," Hexvessel has teamed up with Noisey (Music by VICE) to premiere a video for "Sacred Marriage." Check out the clip here or in the player below.

The song hails from Hexvessel's second and latest album, "No Holier Temple," released last month by Svart Records. "Sacred Marriage" was directed by Justin Oakey for Burial Offerings, with production design by Amanda Row and Cait Lusk as Director of Photography. Oakey explains the concept behind the "Sacred Marriage" video:

"'Sacred Marriage' is a departure from the darkness of the previous Hexvessel videos, with more of an emphasis on love, innocence, and self-discovery, through encounters with the gods and goddesses of a lush and plentiful natural world. Collaborating with Hexvessel is always a rewarding experience. I'm always open to working with new artists who want to explore the philosophies behind their music and create something unique and engaging." More...

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Hexvessel Releases New Video Clip

Today, Noisey (Music by VICE) premieres the exclusive new video for Hexvessel's "His Portal Tomb." The song hails from Hexvessel's second and latest album, "No Holier Temple," released last week by Svart Records. "His Portal Tomb" was directed by Marja Konttinen for Brutal Gardener, with source material from "Lot In Sodom" (1933) by James Sibley Watson.

McNerney explains the concept behind the "His Portal Tomb" video: "Images and inscriptions on Egyptian coffins magically place the mummy of the deceased at the centre of a miniature version of the universe. The body as a way in and out of existence. The tomb as a portal. Our mortal prison, where we're to endure the wrath of god and the punishment of angels. Jude 1:7 records that both Sodom and Gomorrah were 'giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.' I wonder what the sarcophagus would tell us, if he could recall his life of earthly pleasures?" More...

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Hexvessel Streaming Entire New Album

Today, Finland's Inferno magazine is streaming the entirety of Hexvessel's "No Holier Temple" album. Available for a limited time only, the stream of the album can be heard here. Originally slated for release today through Svart Records, the new release date for "No Holier Temple" has been adjusted to September 14th.

The new album's front cover (below) is by the artist Bastian Kalous and represents the reverence to the native forest and nature that Hexvessel wishes to raise awareness and preservation of. The themes of the album "are inspired by the work of great men like Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist John Muir and more recent radical environmental advocates Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke," discussing the definition of what makes something holy and sacred.

Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says of the album: “The songs were written specifically to be channeled by a group. This is the sound of a cult, all focused on summoning the same magic, joined in prayer, haunted by the same demons. We actively pushed for a new way to evolve our sound. I purposely strove to make this album a calculated move-on from Dawnbearer. This isn't about using symbols of the occult. This is about a way of living that returns the old gods to their rightful place. We're a family that worships nature through word and sound. We hope you will join us." More...

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Hexvessel Streaming "A Letter In Birch Bark"

Today HeathenHarvest.org premieres the second new Hexvessel track, "A Letter in Birch Bark." The track hails from Hexvessel's forthcoming second album, "No Holier Temple," set for release on September 7th via Svart Records. Check out the song at this location.

The new album's front cover (below) is by the artist Bastian Kalous and represents the reverence to the native forest and nature that Hexvessel wishes to raise awareness and preservation of. The themes of the album "are inspired by the work of great men like Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist John Muir and more recent radical environmental advocates Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke," discussing the definition of what makes something holy and sacred.

Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says of the album: “The songs were written specifically to be channeled by a group. This is the sound of a cult, all focused on summoning the same magic, joined in prayer, haunted by the same demons. We actively pushed for a new way to evolve our sound. I purposely strove to make this album a calculated move-on from Dawnbearer. This isn't about using symbols of the occult. This is about a way of living that returns the old gods to their rightful place. We're a family that worships nature through word and sound. We hope you will join us." More...

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Hexvessel Streaming New Song

Today BrooklynVegan.com premieres both a new track and new video from Hexvessel for "Woods to Conjure." The track/video is the first to premiere from the band's forthcoming second album, "No Holier Temple," set for release on September 7th via Svart Records. Hexvessel's "Woods to Conjure" song and its accompanying video can be viewed at this location or in the player below.

Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says of the album: “The songs were written specifically to be channeled by a group. This is the sound of a cult, all focused on summoning the same magic, joined in prayer, haunted by the same demons. We actively pushed for a new way to evolve our sound. I purposely strove to make this album a calculated move-on from Dawnbearer. This isn't about using symbols of the occult. This is about a way of living that returns the old gods to their rightful place. We're a family that worships nature through word and sound. We hope you will join us."

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Heaven and Earth Magic 1.31
2. Woods to Conjure 4.05
3. Wilderness Is 1.31
4. A Letter in Birch Bark 4.32
5. His Portal Tomb 10.10
6. Elegy to Goyahkla 1.25
7. Are You Coniferous 2.37
8. Sacred Marriage 7.55
9. Dues to the Dolmen 4.28
10. Unseen Sun 13.22
11. Your Head is Reeling 4.25 More...

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Hexvessel Reveals New Album Details

Today, Svart Records announces September 7th as the release date for Hexvessel's "No Holier Temple," which follows the "Dawnbearer" debut. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Hexvessel's No Holier Temple fuses the acoustic '70s folk vibe of its predecessor into a more psychedelic, electric, doom-folk sound with Manzarek-like keys, screeching & rhythmic Velvet Underground violins, Miles Davis trumpets, and hypnotic freakouts. Weaving the uncanny songs together are the narrative vocals of Mat McNerney - who on this album has matured into the bastard child of Burke Shelley, young Jon Anderson, and Paul Simon - and inspired by the progressive, spaced-out haze of bands like Amon Düül II, Van Der Graaf Generator, and Ultimate Spinach - whose song 'Your Head Is Reeling' they cover with religious abandon - their sound now expands outward from their eerie, signature, ritual-esque intros into a genre-twisting cauldron of otherworldly rock and the late-night, dreamy spoken-word of artists such as Jim Morrison (An American Prayer) and Ken Nordine."

The front cover was created by artist Bastian Kalous and represents the reverence to the native forest and nature that Hexvessel wish to raise awareness and preservation of. The themes of the album "are inspired by the work of great men like Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist John Muir and more recent radical environmental advocates Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke," according to the band.

Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says of the album: “The songs were written specifically to be channeled by a group. This is the sound of a cult, all focused on summoning the same magic, joined in prayer, haunted by the same demons. We actively pushed for a new way to evolve our sound. I purposely strove to make this album a calculated move-on from Dawnbearer. This isn't about using symbols of the occult. This is about a way of living that returns the old gods to their rightful place. We're a family that worships nature through word and sound. We hope you will join us." More...

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Solstafir and Hexvessel Mesmerize Nosturi

These days I’m beginning to think that I live at Nosturi. There’s always familiar faces working, and in the photo pit as well which makes for a rather comfortable aspect to an otherwise extremely exciting and unique event.

Icelandic heathen metallers Solstafir embarked on a journey through Finland last week which started in Helsinki on Thursday. I've been waiting a few years to finally see these guys live, and it was with bated breath that I arrived at the venue on a rainy Helsinki day. The tone for the evening was not the usual drunken folk metal vibe, though I appreciate that on occasion as well! All in all, the event in store was a thought provoking and contemplative one. More...

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Solstafir Announces Finnish Tour

Iceland's Solstafir has announced an upcoming Finnish tour alongside Hexvessel in support of the band's new album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). The currently announced dates are as follows:

19.04.12 FIN Helsinki DOM
20.04.12 FIN Tampere Yo-Talo
21.04.12 FIN Jyväskylä Lutakko
22.04.12 FIN Oulu Nuclear Nightclub
23.04.12 FIN Turku Klubi

You can also check out footage of Solstafir performing the new song "Fjara" on Icelandic television by heading over here.

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Code Vocalist Leaves Band

Kvohst, vocalist of the British/Norwegian black metal act Code, has left the band. Code guitarist Aort has posted the following statement online, announcing the departure:

"With regret, I would like to announce that Kvohst has left Code in order to concentrate on his own music with Hexvessel and vocals with Dodheimsgard. I, of course, wish him all the best for the future and extend my thanks for 10 years of pleasurable and productive work together.

"This is not the end, but hopefully a shift in course to fresh destinations.

"I have been working with a great new musical lineup over the last half a year or so to really hone where the new album will be heading. I have been working on this new album for the last two years and we all believe very strongly in it's potential as a dynamic follow-up to 'Resplendent Grotesque'.

"How this will be realised vocally is not clear at the moment. There are many questions that remain unanswered... but there are irons in fires. The one certainty is that I am as determined as I have ever been and I will put the same unflinching soul and dedication into the future as I have with both of our albums to date. I also have new projects afoot which will up the ante in terms of brutality and darkness so please keep your eyes peeled for more information.

"Thanks, as ever, to all those who find a home within Code's musical endeavours… Your continued support is always massively appreciated."

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