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.

Purchase the album here. 


Ben Serna-Grey is a musician and writer from the Pacific Northwest. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Apex Magazine, Bending Genres, Broadswords and Blasters, Two Cities Review, and others. He has sheet music published through Subito Music Publishing and also puts out experimental electronic/noise music as Mother Anxiety. He is also a contributor for Toilet Ov Hell and occasionally reviews short fiction on SFF Reviews.

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