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IRON MARSH

Hexvessel

Prog Folk


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2.58 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing


01. Masks of the Universe (12:55)
02. Superstitious Currents (3:14)
03. Tunnel at the End of the Light (5:37)
04. Women of Salem (5:04)
05. Don't Break the Curse (7:08)

Total Time: 33:54

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Line-up / Musicians


Mat McNerney - Lead vocals & guitar
Marja Konttinen - Vocals & percussion
Jukka Rämänen - Drums
Simo Kuosmanen - Lead Guitar
Niini Rossi - Bass Guitar
Kimmo Helén - Keys/Trumpet/Violin

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EP · Import
Svart Records 2013
Audio CD$11.98
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Svart Records
Audio CD$36.58
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HEXVESSEL Iron Marsh ratings distribution


2.58
(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
14%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
14%
Good, but non-essential (29%)
29%
Collectors/fans only (43%)
43%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by Second Life Syndrome
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3 stars *I originally wrote this for powerofmetal.dk*

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. .

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
2 stars This rather generous EP followed on the heels of HEXVESSEL's best album, "No Holier Temple", and bears similarities in structure to that album, with a blend of protracted epics and briefer pieces. It begins with, I suppose, it's raison-d'etre, the 13 minute "Mask of the Universe", which is denser than the longer pieces on the prior album, obsessing over droning guitar figures and repetitive incanted lyrics that break occasionally to reveal underlying themes of interest. It puts me in mind of some early FRANCO BATTIATO for some reason, that is to say, it would have been regarded as experimental 40 years ago. Today...I'm not quite sure what to make of it, only to say that I enjoy parts and am lukewarm on others.

For the rest, "Superstitious Currents" and "Woman of Salem" are both highlights, the first a stark ballad sung in a suitably stunned voice and tackling the occult, the second a cover of a YOKO ONO song made HEXVESSEL's own. It's one of the most accessible tracks they have done, which means it's still a challenge, but in a generally propitious manner, with Marja Konttinen's vocals equal to the grim task of recounting the 1692 witch trials. "The Tunnel at the End of the Light" proves that you can pluck out a mediocre old chestnut, dress it up with guitars and drums, and churn out a mediocre redux quite handily. The closing number "Don't Break the Curse" is lazily dependent on spoken word, which is a shame as it's quite compelling when it ultimately transforms itself into a song, too little too late.

Since "Iron Marsh" at best consolidates the gains made by "No Holier Temple", and since its keynote piece doesn't quite deliver what's implicitly promised in the playbill, I'm going to round down from 2.5 stars for this mildly anemic showing.

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