Hexvessel is a psychedelic folk-rock band from Finland that was founded by Englishman Mat McNerney after he moved to Helsinki in 2009. Fusing late 60s and early 70s English folk/psych with Finnish nature mysticism, they play a witches brew of heavy, tripped-out atmospherics and hypnotic paeans.
Their debut album Dawnbearer, which is now considered an occult folk classic, garnered rave reviews from the media and fans alike, making it to the top of many people’s Best of 2011 lists.
However, it was September 2012’s follow-up album, No Holier Temple, which fuses the acoustic 70s folk vibe of its predecessor into a more psychedelic, electric, doom-folk sound, that has caused a real stir in the press and earned them a much wider audience. Inspired by the progressive, spaced-out haze of bands like Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Van Der Graaf Generator, The Doors and Ultimate Spinach, whose song “Your Head Is Reeling” they cover with religious abandon, the band reaches what Metal Hammer Magazine describes as “portals” of “spirit-trafficking menace” and “moments of transcendent beauty.”
Hexvessel @ SXSW
Thursday, March 14th
@The Hideout 617 Congress Ave