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Hexvessel: When We Are Death

Album Review

Kvohst’s nature worshippers face harsh reality

Fans of the gentle, folkish paean to the trees that was 2012’s No Holier Temple are in for a shock, for it is as if the woodland nymphs who composed it danced a little too close to the forest’s edge, discovering with mouths agape the virulent sprawl of modernity before anxiously holing up in a dilapidated Soho flat and doing too much LSD with The Doors on repeat.

From the outset, Transparent Eyeball wears the acid-washed influence of 60s psychedelia on its sleeve, at once brash and quirky, with lysergic organ dominating spooky environs on the oddball jerk of Earth Over Us, its fascination with death is a theme that continues throughout. A six-member folk rock troupe formed when lead singer Mat ‘Kvohst’ McNerney, also of several other respected acts – most recently Grave Pleasures – relocated his versatile talents to Finland, Hexvessel are searching for substance beyond the ordinary. 

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