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Hexvessel - No Holier Temple Award winner

No Holier Temple
by Diana Marsh at 17 September 2012, 11:42 AM

"No Holier Temple" has set the bar, for me, in this genre. It’s complex mix of Psychedelic Rock, Blues, and Doom / Folk, forest Metal. While listening to this album, I could almost see myself in a forest, feel the wind on my face, and smell the conifer trees around me. Which is quite a feat, since I currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the only thing that smells like a pine tree would be my floor cleaner.. Time to find a new place to live, me thinks.

I fell in love with this album from the first track. It is breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful, with a higher calling than just entertainment. Mat McNerney says: “The songs were written specifically to be channeled by a group. This is the sound of a cult, all focused on summoning the same magic, joined in prayer, haunted by the same demons. We actively pushed for a new way to evolve our sound. I purposely strove to make this album a calculated move-on from "Dawnbearer". This isn’t about using symbols of the occult. This is about a way of living that returns the old gods to their rightful place. We’re a family that worships nature through word and sound. We hope you will join us.”

The album is enchanting, well written, well recorded, and damn near perfect. I give it 9 outta 10. As always friends, stay well, and live free. Cheers!

4 Star Rating


1. Heaven and Earth Magic
2. Woods to Conjure
3. Wilderness Is
4. A Letter in Birch Bark
5. Elegy to Goyahkla
6. His Portal Tomb
7. Are You Coniferous
8. Sacred Marriage
9. Dues to the Dolmen
10. Unseen Sun
11. Your Head is Reeling

Mat McNerney Vocals
Marja – Additional Voices / Percussion
Vesa - Guitars
Jukka - Drums
Simo - Guitars
Niini - Bass
Jussi – Organs / Samples
Kimmo – Violin
Record Label: Svart Records


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