Hexvessel takes to the road in 2013 and these are the dates we can confirm so far:07.02. Seinäjoki, Finland, Mars Festival01.03. Turku, Finland, Klubi - with Sammal12-17.03. (exact date TBC) South by South West, Austin, Texas, USA11.04. Helsinki, Finland, Kuudes Linja - with Sabbath Assembly12.04. Oulu, Finland, Nuclear Nightclub - with Sabbath Assembly13.04. Jyväskylä, Finland, Lutakko - with Sabbath Assembly15.04. Warsaw, Poland, Harenda - with Sabbath Assembly16.04. TBA, Poland, - with Sabbath Assembly17.04. Hamburg, Germany, Hafenklang - with Sabbath Assembly18.04. Berlin, Germany, Cassiopeia - with Sabbath Assembly19.04. Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands02.05. Heavy Days in Doomtown, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hexvessel takes to the road in 2013 and these are the dates we can confirm so far:

07.02. Seinäjoki, Finland, Mars Festival
01.03. Turku, Finland, Klubi - with Sammal
12-17.03. (exact date TBC) South by South West, Austin, Texas, USA
11.04. Helsinki, Finland, Kuudes Linja - with Sabbath Assembly
12.04. Oulu, Finland, Nuclear Nightclub - with Sabbath Assembly
13.04. Jyväskylä, Finland, Lutakko - with Sabbath Assembly
15.04. Warsaw, Poland, Harenda - with Sabbath Assembly
16.04. TBA, Poland, - with Sabbath Assembly
17.04. Hamburg, Germany, Hafenklang - with Sabbath Assembly
18.04. Berlin, Germany, Cassiopeia - with Sabbath Assembly
19.04. Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands
02.05. Heavy Days in Doomtown, Copenhagen, Denmark

From the brilliant Gnarlitude blog. 
Thank you to all our friends, supporters, fans and fellow freaks for the best year ever.
We’ll see you in 2013, on the groovy way!
gnarlijen:

Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 1969

From the brilliant Gnarlitude blog. 

Thank you to all our friends, supporters, fans and fellow freaks for the best year ever.

We’ll see you in 2013, on the groovy way!

gnarlijen:

Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 1969

Your questions answered.

Back in August we asked our fans and friends to send us their questions (see post below).  The most interesting questions would be answered and you receive one of our patches for free. Nobody managed to guess which patch corresponds to each member of the band correctly, but we can tell you now who is who!

Kimmo - Buck/Stag
Vesa - Eagle
Simo - Bear
Niini - Fox
Jukka - Hare
Jussi - Fish
Marja - Owl
Mat - Wolf

Thank you to everyone who sent us their questions, and here are the ones we answered:

"Which planet would you choose to play if you could?"
- Florian, Germany

An exoplanet as far as possible from our solar system …

 …or if Kimmo got his way, the Tatooine cantina as a warm up for Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes.

It’s good to check here: http://phl.upr.edu/projects/habitable-exoplanets-catalog

There is evidence of a Jovian habitable planet orbiting Sirius. Sirius has some Crowleyan significance via the Egyptians and stands for the spirit of wisdom in the Zoroastrian tradition. Apparently when you are in contact with the spirit-world it could be that you are in fact in communication with aliens from Sirius, or at least that’s what the Robert Anton Wilson story is all about …

There’s a good video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfrCLOIaro0
We’d probably head to Sirius through the Great Pyramid. 


"Why do we love what we love? How does the evolution go in order to shape our personal likings and preferences? Is it due to genetics, does it depend on subconscious imprinting or is it even foregone?”
- Mascha, Austria

What you are describing is the philosophical discourse on “Nature vs Nurture”. I think it’s a mix of all things. We are neither wholly nature or nurture. We are both what has been handed down to us and what we make of ourselves. I think the beauty of existence is the ability of free will and choice. We are able to make decisions that will influence our genetic makeup and the future of our civilization. We can’t imagine that we’re just born with a tabula rasa. We share over 4 billion years collective journey on this rock with every living creature on it and everything we’re made of is the same as what’s in the cosmos and exists within the universe. We’re connected with everything we encounter and interact with. 

"We are all connected
To each other, biologically
To the earth, chemically
To the rest of the universe atomically”

Or so says Neil De Grasse Tyson

Saying that, I do believe that we’re all unique, in that no formula will ever be the same. Not in a Christian way or a Muslim way, but every human is unique, the same way every grain of sand is a different shape. In the end it doesn’t amount to importance, nor is it a subject of quality or being special or chosen as the modern religions would have us believe. We’re natural mutations, anomalies and blips on a graph, dots on a map. Nothing more. 

I think we love what we love because of a vast, infinite number of things, which cannot be measured or determined, but contain factors like chemical balances in the brain, our DNA and life experiences, but also the undefinable, unknowable cosmic self which we don’t have the science for yet.  

What’s important is that we do love and we feel love. It’s the most important emotion and it makes sure we create something, in a universe where destruction and chaos is commonplace and simply inevitable.
 

"I see that you, as a band, but I guess also personally, have an interest about Mother Nature. Would you like to tell us how nature inspires and affects you?"
- Haralampos, Greece

Nature means calm and exit from the white-noise of life. When you go out into nature then you dress up to go there. You put your walking shoes on, your wind-breaker and perhaps a cap to stop the tree branches going in your eyes or to protect your head from the rain. It’s the same as going to church on a sunday and wearing your sunday best! There’s a ritual involved with going into nature and for us it’s church-like. There’s reverence and it’s a holy place. Mentally though it feels as if you are stopping off layers. You get rid of all the brush and noise and chaff. There you can be truly yourself.

There’s a quote by John Muir:

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

and that’s how we feel. It’s not at all like the world mankind has fabricated is the real world to us. It’s the outdoors and the natural world that is our home and where we belong. 

It’s important for us to stand with nature and the natural world because we feel that nobody else is right now and nature needs champions and heroes. Look what one man like Muir achieved! We only have one home. This world is part of us and gives us everything. We are purely giving thanks and praise to the fruits that nature provides to us, the only gods we know.


"What was the last nail in the coffin that you ended up playing some instrument in the first place?" 
- Jaakko, Finland

Kimmo - plays his grandpas violin. Ismo Alanko - Pulu
Vesa - Slash told me so. 
Simo - played since 11-12 years old, Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark
Niini - bass is the most fun, and other instruments were already taken by my brothers. Geezer is my idol.
Jukka - All old Sirkle and all future releases too. Bass and guitar were taken by my brothers Mikko and Petri and I was left with rusty drums from Estonia.
Jussi - Circle. All others yell: kirkle! Blade Runner soundtrack.
Marja - Air drumming, until I got a drum in front of me. Metallica’s Black album.
Mat - Kids at school played a Beastie Boys song at an assembly and it was cool so I wanted to play guitar. Licensed to Ill.


What do you think about the CD being just a plastic product and therefore harming the environment?
- Danijel, Germany

Well there are many places to recycle CDs. You can use http://www.backthruthefuture.com/ or http://www.cdrecyclingcenter.com/ or http://www.greendisk.com/ or http://www.polymerrecycling.co.uk/cd.html or just google many more.

Marja’s mother uses them in her gardening using them to scare off birds from her vegetables with the mirror reflections they provide. I think it’s nice if you can find a way to re-use them for something else, or just send them off to be recycled. Obviously it’s a sad to destroy trees and in the water and waste in the production of music products but we don’t manufacture many CDs/LPs. We always use fake paper or recycled paper in ALL and every one of our products. The industry has a way to go but I am positive that it will continue to improve. 

With the amount of waste that goes into and out of the production of music products, we really do support the digital format, especially places like Bandcamp where you can hoost the high-quality versions. We feel that the limited amount we produce is ok for those that really do want the physical format, but we’re not over-producing like the mass-media hyped bands on bigger labels. Our pressings usually sell-out and we feel that they’re sustainable. Your talking pressings of between 500-1000 copies. 

We’ll go with anything that can help stop the waste and environmental damage and we know there’s a long way to go on this front.


We decided to answer both the questions below with one answer - since the questions were so similar:

I would really like to know if there are any books that have inspired you during the writing process of Dawnbearer and No Holier Temple? I would also like to know what other artists, musical and otherwise, inspire your work.
- Tomas, UK

and

I really like your music, and the lyrics are particularly specials for me, so my question is the following: Can you recommend me a book (or books) about occultism, or the philosophical tendency that you find more interesting and transcendental? 
- Gabriel, Chile

A film titled “Surviving Progress” http://survivingprogress.com/

Carl Sagan - Cosmos: A Personal Voyage http://www.carlsagan.com/

John Muir: The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books (but anything by/about Muir is worth reading) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir

Confessions of an Eco Warrior by Dave Forman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Foreman

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

Fiona Benson http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/author/fiona-benson

The photography of Bastian Kalous http://www.flickr.com/photos/bastiank/

The paintings and writings of Austin Osman Spare http://www.austinspare.co.uk/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/may/06/austin-osman-spare-phil-baker

Bobby Beausoliel - whose wife Barbra passed away recently and we wish to send our deepest condolences. Bless you Bobby! http://www.beausoleil.net/

The music of Charles Manson and the Manson Family (we’re not pro-murder, but we are pro-ATWA): http://www.allthewayalive.com

The movies of Ralph Bakshi (Wizards - gotta check out Wizards!) http://www.ralphbakshi.com/

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky - what do you mean you haven’t seen Stalker? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079944/

The movie called If A Tree Falls http://www.ifatreefallsfilm.com/

Then a list of books/authors/writers/artists/musicians and film-makers:
Kerouac
Ferlinghetti
Derek Walcott
Dennis Cooper
Rabindranath Tagore
James Joyce
Alan Ginsberg
Christian Wiman
100 years of Loneliness
Hyperion
Edgar Allen Poe - especially The Pit and The Pendulum
Dan Simmons - Song of Kali
Robert Anton Wilson
Philip K. Dick 
M.A.Numminen
Tommi Liimatta
Orwell
Burroughs
William Blake
Aldous Huxley
Alan Moore
Grant Morrison
Dylan Thomas
Albert Camus
Swans
Rimbaud
Jimi Hendrix
Paul Simon
Olavi Paavolainen and Tulenkantajat
The Kalevala

This list could go on and on forever,  as inspiration is limitless and endless. There aren’t enough hours in life to read everything we would like. 
Please tell us, what are your influences?

Houses of Fir Mixtape curated by HEXVESSEL for Cvlt Nation
Tracklist:
The Sky Is Burning – Sam GopalDark Moon – Holger CzukayThe Nights – Lee HazelwoodEclipse Of The Moon – Tony, Caro And JohnPath Through The Forest – Cliff WardSquare Room – ThemArmour of the Shroud – Bobb TrimbleRenunciation – Ananda ShankarI’m A Living Sickness – Calico WallDeadly Nightshade – Patterson’s peopleHashish – Indian Puddin’ & PipeI Have Known Love – Silver ApplesFire Of The Mind – CoilRaven Girl – Mimi and Richard FarinaSpell – Patti SmithVuosisadan vaihteessa – Kuusumun Profeetta
Track selection by MarjaMixed by Mat
Photo by Maija Lahtinen

Houses of Fir Mixtape curated by HEXVESSEL for Cvlt Nation

Tracklist:

The Sky Is Burning – Sam Gopal
Dark Moon – Holger Czukay
The Nights – Lee Hazelwood
Eclipse Of The Moon – Tony, Caro And John
Path Through The Forest – Cliff Ward
Square Room – Them
Armour of the Shroud – Bobb Trimble
Renunciation – Ananda Shankar
I’m A Living Sickness – Calico Wall
Deadly Nightshade – Patterson’s people
Hashish – Indian Puddin’ & Pipe
I Have Known Love – Silver Apples
Fire Of The Mind – Coil
Raven Girl – Mimi and Richard Farina
Spell – Patti Smith
Vuosisadan vaihteessa – Kuusumun Profeetta

Track selection by Marja
Mixed by Mat

Photo by Maija Lahtinen

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These totem animal patches were created for us by Costin Chioreanu and represent the spirit of each of our 8 band members.
They are distributed randomly in the first limited edition 400 copies of No Holier Temple so that you too can find your totem!

We’re going to run an interview here on the Hexvessel site where you get to ask us anything you’d like. The most interesting questions will be highlighted and you receive one of these patches for free. All you have to do is send a question you’d like to ask the band, along with your postal address to hexvessel at hotmail dot com.

All questions will be answered but the submission ends on September the 7th when the album is released.

If you can guess which patch corresponds to each member of the band correctly, then you will also receive all 8 patches!

(Image by Bastian Kalous)
Svart Records have issued the following press release:Psychedelic forest folk band Hexvessel, from Finland, return with their second full-length album! No Holier Temple is the highly anticipated follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed debut album, Dawnbearer, that Roadburn Festival dubbed as “a passionate, urgent and gorgeously strange musical spell.
No Holier Temple fuses the acoustic 70s folk vibe of its predecessor into a more psychedelic, electric, doom-folk sound with Manzarek-like keys, screeching rhythmic Velvet Underground violins, Miles Davis trumpets and hypnotic freakouts. Weaving the uncanny songs together are the narrative vocals of Mat McNerney, who on this album has matured into the bastard child of Burke Shelley, young Jon Anderson and Paul Simon. Inspired by the progressive, spaced-out haze of bands like Amon Düül II, Van Der Graaf Generator and Ultimate Spinach, whose song “Your Head Is Reeling” they cover with religious abandon. Their sound now expands outward from their eerie, signature, ritual-esque intros into a genre-twisting cauldron of otherworldly rock and the late-night, dreamy spoken-word of artists such as Jim Morrison (An American Prayer) and Ken Nordine. 
The front cover is by the artist Bastian Kalous and represents the reverence to the native forest and nature that Hexvessel wish to raise awareness and preservation of. The themes of the album “are inspired by the work of great men like Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist John Muir and more recent radical environmental advocates Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke,” discussing the definition of what makes something holy and sacred.
Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says, of the album:
“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.”
Tracklist:
1. Heaven and Earth Magic 1.31    
2. Woods to Conjure 4.05 
3. Wilderness Is 1.31 
4. A Letter in Birch Bark 4.32 
5. Elegy to Goyahkla 1.25 
6. His Portal Tomb 10.10  
7. Are You Coniferous 2.37 
8. Sacred Marriage 7.55 
9. Dues to the Dolmen 4.28 
10. Unseen Sun 13.22 
11. Your Head is Reeling 4.25 
Hexvessel are:
Mat McNerney - Voice & guitar
& The Death Magicians:
Marja - additional voices & percussion
Vesa - guitars
Jukka - drums
Simo - lead guitars
Niini - bass guitar
Kimmo - violin
Jussi - organs/samples
No Holier Temple, will be released on the 7th of September 2012 through Svart Records on CD, double LP and digital format. 
www.hexvessel.com
www.svartrecords.com
www.facebook.com/hexvessel
www.facebook.com/svartrecords

(Image by Bastian Kalous)


Svart Records have issued the following press release:

Psychedelic forest folk band Hexvessel, from Finland, return with their second full-length album! No Holier Temple is the highly anticipated follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed debut album, Dawnbearer, that Roadburn Festival dubbed as “a passionate, urgent and gorgeously strange musical spell.

No Holier Temple fuses the acoustic 70s folk vibe of its predecessor into a more psychedelic, electric, doom-folk sound with Manzarek-like keys, screeching rhythmic Velvet Underground violins, Miles Davis trumpets and hypnotic freakouts. Weaving the uncanny songs together are the narrative vocals of Mat McNerney, who on this album has matured into the bastard child of Burke Shelley, young Jon Anderson and Paul Simon. Inspired by the progressive, spaced-out haze of bands like Amon Düül II, Van Der Graaf Generator and Ultimate Spinach, whose song “Your Head Is Reeling” they cover with religious abandon. Their sound now expands outward from their eerie, signature, ritual-esque intros into a genre-twisting cauldron of otherworldly rock and the late-night, dreamy spoken-word of artists such as Jim Morrison (An American Prayer) and Ken Nordine. 

The front cover is by the artist Bastian Kalous and represents the reverence to the native forest and nature that Hexvessel wish to raise awareness and preservation of. The themes of the album “are inspired by the work of great men like Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist John Muir and more recent radical environmental advocates Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke,” discussing the definition of what makes something holy and sacred.

Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says, of the album:

“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.”

Tracklist:

1. Heaven and Earth Magic 1.31    

2. Woods to Conjure 4.05 

3. Wilderness Is 1.31 

4. A Letter in Birch Bark 4.32 

5. Elegy to Goyahkla 1.25 

6. His Portal Tomb 10.10  

7. Are You Coniferous 2.37 

8. Sacred Marriage 7.55 

9. Dues to the Dolmen 4.28 

10. Unseen Sun 13.22 

11. Your Head is Reeling 4.25 

Hexvessel are:

Mat McNerney - Voice & guitar

& The Death Magicians:

Marja - additional voices & percussion

Vesa - guitars

Jukka - drums

Simo - lead guitars

Niini - bass guitar

Kimmo - violin

Jussi - organs/samples

No Holier Temple, will be released on the 7th of September 2012 through Svart Records on CD, double LP and digital format. 

www.hexvessel.com

www.svartrecords.com

www.facebook.com/hexvessel

www.facebook.com/svartrecords

A preview of our forthcoming 7” - released to coincide with our Roadburn performance in ltd edition. The 7” is titled Vainolainen and contains 2 tracks - Vainolainen and Preacher’s Orchard. Both previously released on compilations but never before available on vinyl. Pre-orders will start next week.

You must understand the title/lyrics to gain more insight to the usage of the photo - it’s from the 1940s and not our back yard. If you love wolves as much as we do, you should also subscribe to an organisation like: http://luontoliitto.fi/susiryhma/http://www.facebook.com/DefendersofWildlife http://www.defenders.org/http://www.wolvesandhumans.org/

A preview of our forthcoming 7” - released to coincide with our Roadburn performance in ltd edition. The 7” is titled Vainolainen and contains 2 tracks - Vainolainen and Preacher’s Orchard. Both previously released on compilations but never before available on vinyl. Pre-orders will start next week.

You must understand the title/lyrics to gain more insight to the usage of the photo - it’s from the 1940s and not our back yard. If you love wolves as much as we do, you should also subscribe to an organisation like: 

http://luontoliitto.fi/susiryhma/
http://www.facebook.com/DefendersofWildlife 
http://www.defenders.org/
http://www.wolvesandhumans.org/
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