watch Hexvessel’s video for new 7-minute prog-folk song “Billion Year Old Being”
Finland’s Hexvessel call themselves “Psychedelic Forest Folk,” and they tend to get associated with metal despite sounding more like Fairport Convention than Black Sabbath, and they’re also just a great rock band who sound a lot more approachable than you might expect from a band who seem so niche. Last year, they released the very good All Tree, which was one of their folkiest albums yet, and now they’re quickly following it with Kindred on
March 20 April 17 via Svart Records (pre-order). And going by the singles, it looks like they’re going back to a more rock direction on this one.
We recently posted lead single “Demian,” which kinda sounds like it could’ve come out of the ’60s Haight-Ashbury scene, and we’re now premiering a second single, seven-minute album opener “Billion Year Old Being.” This one’s a little darker and creepier in a way that recalls Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd or Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi,” and it earns its lengthy running time by gradually transforming into a brighter prog-folk song that’s not a million miles away from Jethro Tull. It’s a killer song that recalls those famous bands without ever sounding like straightup imitation, and I implore all fans of those bands to check this out. Here’s more background on this song and its video, via press release:
First formulated by Lovelock during the 1960s as a result of work for NASA concerned with detecting life on Mars, the Gaia hypothesis proposes that living and non-living parts of the Earth form a complex interacting system that can be thought of as a single organism. Hexvessel’s Billion Year Old Being is therefore an earth spirit or an ancient god-form of our living home, the earth, a musical song of praise for Gaia. Epic in structure and stature, with music written by guitarist Jesse Heikkinen, Billion Year Old Being is Hexvessel hewing their way back to their progressive and monumental earth-roots as never before, as if something new has been slipped into their tea, throwing fuzz filled riffs and cascading organs down a fresh rabbit-hole in a Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pink Floyd, Bo Hanson kinda way.
Singer/song-writer Mat McNerney says “For us there’s only one temple. Be All and End All. There’s only one religion and one spirit that takes on many forms, and that is the planet earth. This is a deep-earth rock spell, telling your reality tunnel to go fuck itself. Listen, descend, dissolve.”
The video for Billion Year Old Being was entirely shot and edited by Hexvessel bass-player Ville Hakonen on their recent tour of Europe, in sacred hotel rooms, holy aquariums and other ancient places of important magnetic resonance, across hundreds of kilometers of open highways and debauched evenings.
Listen and watch the video below.
As mentioned, Hexvessel will play Wyoming’s Fire In the Mountains festival in July (7/11-7/12), which is headlined and curated by Enslaved and also features Solstafir, YOB, Steve Von Till (of Neurosis), Bell Witch + Aerial Ruin, Obsequiae, Dreadnought, and more (tickets). That’s their only upcoming US date, but they also play a release show in Finland and Iceland’s Ascension Festival in May.
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This article has been updated to point out that the release date was pushed back from March 20 to April 17.