Hexvessel Iron Marsh

Hexvessel Iron Marsh
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Hexvessel's latest release, Iron Marsh, pulls listeners further down the rabbit hole into the wonderland that is pagan psychedelic folk rock, a genre that sounds as awesome as its name implies. Opening track "Masks of the Universe" is a mindbender; you're immediately immersed in the atmospheric doom trip Hexvessel have been perfecting over their last two releases. Vocalist Mat McNerney's singing is reminiscent of Roger Waters (Pink Floyd); it's not so much singing as it is continual narration, almost as if McNerney is a spiritual guide to all things cosmic, a subconscious voice in your head helping you discover the mystery of the universe. Hexvessel's signature sound comes from their unique blend of psychedelic rock and various instruments not typically found in modern metal bands, such as trumpets and violins. The combination works remarkably well, as every instrument adds richness to music — from a beautiful melodic verse accompanied by trumpets, violins and keyboards to exploding, heavy psychedelic riffs and dark solos. There is majesty to the conscious flow found within Iron Marsh; it's an album that deserves to by synced up with an old Disney movie or experienced with friends as you partake in a mushroom communion. (Svart)