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3.92 | 20 ratings | 2 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Heaven and Earth Magic (1:31)
2. Woods to Conjure (4:05)
3. Wilderness Is (1:31)
4. A Letter in Birch Bark (4:31)
5. Elegy to Goyahkla (1:25)
6. His Portal Tomb (10:10)
7. Are You Coniferous? (2:36)
8. Sacred Marriage (7:55)
9. Dues to the Dolmen (4:28)
10. Unseen Sun (13:22)
11. Your Head Is Reeling (4:25)

Total Time: 55:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Marja Konttinen / vocals, percussion (1,6,8), gong (7), chorus vocals (10)
- Mathew McNerney / vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano (3), percussion(5), balalaika (7), keyboards (9), composer & producer
- Simo Kuosmanen / lead (2,4,6,8,10) & 12-string (6,9,10) guitars, mouth harp (5), flute (6), clarinet (7,9), saw (7), chorus vocals (10)
- Vesa Ajomo / rhythm guitar (2,4,6,8,10), chorus vocals (10)
- Jussi Saarivuori / keyboards (2,6,8,10), organ (8,10), chorus vocals (10)
- Kimmo Helén / violin (3,4,6,8,10), accordion (4,7), balalaika & mandolin (4), Fender Rhodes (4,8)
- Niini Rossi / bass, chorus vocals (10)
- Jukka Rämänen / drums, percussion (5), chorus vocals (10)

- Sven / trumpet (2)

Releases information

Artwork: Jari Nieminen with Bastian Kalous (photo)

2xLP Svart Records ‎- SVR150 (2012, Finland)

CD Svart Records ‎- SVR150CD (2012, Finland)

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HEXVESSEL No Holier Temple ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(58%)
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Review by kenethlevine
4 stars "No Holier Temple" represents a major step forward for Matt McNerney's HEXVESSEL relative to their debut. The spoken sections are much terser, and the songs are more varied, from brooding pop to heavy rock to adventurous prog epics, all delivered with the synergy of shared ritual, and an underlying folk sensibility. The band clearly having gelled markedly in just a couple of years.

While recollections of DAVID SYLVIAN during his MARK ISHAM collaborations ("Woods to Conjure") , DEAD CAN DANCE medieval balladry ("Letter in Birch Bark"), BLACK SABBATH doom meets ZOMBIES harmonics ("His Portal Tomb"), CURRENT 93 vigilance ("Are You Coniferous"), and the mysticism of a heavily sedated COMUS ("Sacred Marriage", perhaps the standout track here) will gratify many, the band synergy is its main calling card, expressed through the haunting compositions and arrangements that not only set the mood but dwell within it. Even the TENHI-like "Unseen Sun" at protracted 13 minutes, at least confirms that the group won't abandon its hallowed and cherished melancholy for an instant.

"Neo folk" music has a somewhat earned reputation of being quite the opposite of warm and fuzzy, but as much as it can, "No Holier Temple", opens the circle to accommodate those who pray for transformative modern prog folk. Highly recommended.

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4 stars Hexvessel doesn't seem to well known at all here! Very surprising. Anyway, this is a very interesting album. Very interesting blend of folk, psychedelic and prog. At times it reminds me of Comus (not as dark and 'furious' though). The most fascinating thing about this album to me is the atmosphere i ... (read more)

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