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Studio Album, released in 2023

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Tundra is Awake
2. Older than the Gods
3. Listen to the River
4. A Cabin in Montana
5. Eternal Meadow
6. Crepuscular Creatures
7. Ring
8. Homeward Polar Spirit

Line-up / Musicians

- Mathew Kvohst McNerney / vocals, guitars
- Kimmo Helén / piano, keys, viola, violin
- Jukka Rämänen / drums, percussion
- Ville Hakonen / bass

- Ben Chisholm / samples and extra instrumentation (3)
- Okoi / vocals (2)
- Edward "Nameless Void" Miller / solo (7)

Releases information

Cover: Benjamin König
Label: Svart Records
Format: CD, Digital
September 22, 2023

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HEXVESSEL Polar Veil ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Good, but non-essential (33%)
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Review by kenethlevine
2 stars This is perhaps not so much a review as a warning; HEXVESSEL is a neo folk/prog folk group that has occasionally applied a heavy cloak and even threw their spiral triskele in the woods a few times but somebody either retrieved it or it miraculously crawled out. No such luck on this their 6th full length album, which obliterates all roots with impossibly heavy distorted guitars. I don't know whether to crank the volume so I can hear the vocals and the other inundated arrangements (that doesn't help I might add) or mute the whole affair. The paces tend to be slow, in fact more plodding than the band's other offerings, but, apart from the overdone conveyance of icy isolation which presumably suits the album themes, and the heavy handed brilliance of "Older than the Gods" and to a lesser extent "Ring", "Polar Veil" utterly sacrifices identity at the "we need to do a metal album" altar.. Let's hope these non-ASMR chills are temporary.

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