Power of Metal.dk Review

Iron Marsh
Style: Psychedelic Neo-Folk
Release date: 21 May, 2013
Playing time: 33:54

Hexvessel. The name implies much, and I have to admit that they deliver pretty much what I expected. This Finnish band plays what they call “psychedelic neo-folk” or “psychedelic forest folk”. Either way, it is meant to be straight-up weird. This certainly is the case.

Yet, I cannot help but like their new EP, “Iron Marsh”. As a companion piece to their latest album, “No Holier Temple”, it definitely has a sort of addicting quality to it. I’ll be honest: I heard it once, and I disliked it. I heard it twice, and I was somewhat impressed. I heard it again, and I was singing along with the choruses. “Iron Marsh” has a way of doing this to you.

As a fairly short EP, “Iron Marsh” just works. The creepy atmospheres are combined with jingles and jangles, tribal beats, and melancholy soundscapes. Sure, they break into a 70s-style rock beat sometimes, but this band usually stays in their own little world. The vox are quite good, and feature both male and female vocalists. I must say, though, that I prefer the female vocalist that is prevalent throughout the last half of the EP. Either way, they both have good voices and harmonize beautifully. 

Hexvessel is really weird. Their lyrical content is downright depressing and creepy, but the music grows on you and gets a kind of nostalgic quality to it. I think my favorite song is “Women of Salem”, and I’ll let you guess what the topic is. Weird lyrics aside, this band is definitely enjoyable. Strange.

01. Masks of the Universe
02. Superstitious Currents
03. Tunnel at the End of the Light
04. Women of Salem
05. Don't Break the Curse


Label: Svart Records
Distribution: Svart Records
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 16 May, 2013
Website: hexvessel.tumblr.com