When I first discovered Hexvessel, I was drawn to them by their folky elements and abundant nature-worship lyrics, though over the years, they’ve delved more into their old-school doom and psychedelic side.
Their latest album, Kindred, dropping April 17 through Svart Records, strikes a good balance between the two, along with some more experimental harmonic forays.
The opening track, “Billion Year Old Being,” opens with a folky mood before breaking into that vintage psychedelic sound, so if you really dug their previous album, this should rope you in pretty well.
For me, the parts I like best are the little folky/avant garde-ish interludes like “Sic Luceat Lux” and “Family” and the more melancholic folk tunes like “Magical & Damned,” which is probably my favorite song on the entire record.
From what I can glean from the lyrics, it seems to be a rumination on the effects of climate change, a eulogy for our planet. Another welcome addition is a cover of Coil’s “Fires of the Mind,” which leads into the wonderfully spooky “Bog Bodies.”
Each song is interesting in its own right; the interludes don’t overstay their welcome, and the vintage sound isn’t overbearing this time around. After listening to the whole thing a few times, the one thing I wished was that there was a little more on the record, though I guess it’s better to be good and too short than overloaded with material.
While Kindred still doesn’t match No Holier Temple for me, it’s a solid record, if a bit short, and a wonderful return to form while still traveling down the psychedelic path they began to venture with When we are Death.