Mat "Kvohst" McNerney - vocals - Beastmilk, Code, Decrepit Spectre, Dødheimsgard, Grave Pleasures, Hexvessel, Void Marja Konttinen - vocals, percussion Jukka Rämänen - drums Simo Kuosmanen - lead guitar Niini Rossi - bass guitar Kimmo Helén - keyboards, trumpet, violin
Former members: Vesa Ajomo - guitars Jussi Saarivuori - organs/samples
"Hexvessel is a psychedelic folk-rock band that was founded by Englishman Mat "Kvohst" McNerney, vocalist for blackmetal bands Dødheimsgard and Code. He moved to Finland in 2009 and was joined by a coven of musicians from Tampere that feature members of Galacticka and Dark Buddha Rising. Fusing late 1960s and early 1970s English folk and psychedelia with a love for Finnish nature, pagan mysticism, folklore and the occult, they play a witches brew of acoustic balladry and heavy tripped-out atmospherics. Interior-world-music for secret ceremonies and forest rituals. On the debut record, Kvohst collaborated with Norwegian dark tango/folk musicians from Krugers Medbragte and Jaime Gomez Arellano from experimental avant-prog bands such as Mothlite, Guapo & who has previously carried out production work on Miasma And The Carousel of Headless Horses and Ulver. The album also features a guest vocal performance by Carl-Michael Eide aka Czral from progressive rock weirdos Virus and original hand-drawn artwork by Finland's godfather of doom, Albert Witchfinder. Dawnbearer is a personal and intensely dark trip of unusual compositions, using organically recorded instruments such as dulcimer, psaltery, harmonium, zither, gongs, harp, mellotron, mandolin and bandoneon. Otherworldly folk, with an uncanny, haunting resonance that will undoubtably surprise fans of McNerney's past work. For admirers of Changes, Woven Hand, Espers & Comus. Dawnbearer was released by the audio aficionados at Svart Records on CD & LP on the 5th of February 2011. The band is based between Helsinki and Tampere, Finland."
Dawnbearer (LP, Album, Ltd) / (CD, Album) Svart Records SVR045 2011 Dawnbearer (2xLP, RM, RE, Ltd) Svart Records SVR045 2012 Dawnbearer (2xLP, Album, RM, RP) Svart Records SVR045 2013 No Holier Temple (2xLP, Album, Ltd) / (CD, Album) Svart Records SVR150CD 2012 No Holier Temple (2xLP, Album, Ltd, RP) Svart Records SVR150 2013 Vainolainen (7", EP, Ltd) Svart Records SVR128 2012 Houses Of Fir (File, MP3, Mixed, 160) Cvlt Nation none 2012 Iron Marsh (12", EP, Ltd, Spa) / (CD, EP) Svart Records SVR205 2013 Earth Over Us (7", Gre) Secret Trees Recordings, Century Media none, CMD9986201 2015
Tracks appear in compilations
tr. Preacher's Orchard Various - Death Aesthetics (CD, Album, Comp) Paradigms Recordings PARADIGMS033 2009 tr. Vainolainen Various - Werewolf Songs - Music Inspired By Swedish Folklore (CD, Comp, Dig) Malört Förlag MF02 2011 tr. Woods To Conjure Various - Svart Records Sampler 2013 (CD, Comp, Smplr) Svart Records none 2013
Label: Svart Records – SVR045 Format: CD, Album Country: Finland Released: 05 Feb 2011 Genre: Folk, World, & Country Style: Folk
1 Invocation Summoning 2:53 2 Heart Of The Mind World 2:25 3 Scarlet Cassocks 2:32 4 The Death Knell Tolls 4:01 5 A Cabalist Under The Gallows 3:00 6 I Am The Ritual 4:57 7 Radiant Transcendent 5:28 8 Wayward Confessor 3:14 9 Diamonds 2:35 10 A Stranger's Grave 3:48 11 Conversations With Rosa 3:04 12 The Tunnel At The End Of The Light 4:40 13 Solomon's Song 3:26 14 Wychwood Shrine 4:01 15 Oracle Of The Starlit Dawn 4:42
Credits Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Dulcimer [Bowed], Handclaps, Drums [Hand] – Andrew Aort McIvor Arranged By [Additional Arrangements By] – Jaime Gomez Arellano, Mathew McNerney Arranged By [Guitars], Recorded By – Andrew McIvor Artwork – Albert Witchfinder Bandoneon – Fredrik W. Sørensen (tracks: 4, 5, 12) Double Bass [Upright Bass] – Rigmor Hanken (tracks: 4, 5, 12) Drums – Andreas Voie Juliebø (tracks: 4, 5, 12) Harmonium, Gong, Keyboards, Dulcimer, Zither, Psaltery, Bells, Drums, Percussion [Additional] – Jaime Gomez Arellano Layout – M, M Liner Notes [Foreword] – Kvohst Mandolin, Banjo – Kjartan Magerøy Aarseth (tracks: 4, 5, 12) Mixed By, Mastered By – Jaime Gomez Arellano Photography By – Marja Konttinen, Paul Takahashi, Valtteri Arino Producer – Jaime Gomez Arellano, Mathew McNerney Recorded By – Andreas Voie Juliebø (tracks: 4, 5, 12), Fredrik Wiig Sørensen (tracks: 4, 5, 12) Recorded By [Vocals], Engineer [Vocals] – J-P Cavonius Violin, Keyboards, Gong – Daniel Quill Vocals [Additional] – Marja Konttinen Vocals [Guest] – Carl-Michael Eide (tracks: 12) Voice, Acoustic Guitar [Additional], Electric Guitar [Additional], Gong, Handclaps – Mathew Khvost McNerney Written-By – Andrew McIvor (tracks: 6), C.O.B. (tracks: 13), Mathew McNerney (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 8, 10 to 12, 14, 15), Paul Simon (tracks: 9) Written-by [Additional Parts] – Mathew McNerney (tracks: 6) Written-by [Additional Parts], Arranged By – Andrew McIvor (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 8, 10 to 12, 14, 15) Written-by [Violins], Arranged By [Violins] – Daniel Quill
Notes Digipak with a 16-page booklet. File under Psychedelic Occult Folk music.
"Tracks 4, 5 and 12 feature the work of the following esteemed musicians from Krugers Medbragte."
4, 5, 12: Recorded at various places in Aalesund, Norway, early 2010. 12: Guest vocals recorded in Oslo during May 2010. All other vocals recorded and engineered at Munkkiniemen MD-Studio, Helsinki, Finland during May 2010.
Final instrumentation and production at Orgone Studios, London, June 2010. Mixed and Mastered by during the summer and autumn 2010. Vinyl remastering by Joona Lukala December 2010.
Label: Svart Records – SVR150CD Format: CD, Album Country: Finland Released: 14 Sep 2012 Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country Style: Psychedelic Rock, Folk
1 Heaven And Earth Magic 1:32 2 Woods To Conjure 4:05 3 Wilderness Is! 1:31 4 A Letter In Birch Bark 4:32 5 Elegy To Goyahkla 1:26 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 4:26
Label: Svart Records – SVR128 Format: Vinyl, 7", EP, Limited Edition Country: Finland Released: 12 Apr 2012 Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country Style: Folk
A Vainolainen B Preacher's Orchard
Companies, etc. Mastered At – Orgone Studios Mixed At – Orgone Studios
Credits Bass – Niini (tracks: A) Guitar – Andy McIvor (tracks: B) Guitar, Mellotron – Capt. Mat McNerney (tracks: A) Mastered By – Jaime Gomez Arellano Mixed By – Jaime Gomez Arellano (tracks: B) Music By – Mat McNerney Violin – Daniel Quill (tracks: B) Vocals – Marja (tracks: A), Capt. Mat McNerney
Notes Includes a lyric sheet.
Limited to 700 copies.
Side A recorded and mixed at Kalmistokatu 2011. Mastered at Orgone Studios.
Side B recorded here and there 2009-2010. Mixed and mastered at Orgone Studios.
Hexvessel supports Earth First, Luonnonperintösäätiö and Luonto-Liiton Susiryhmä. Vainolainen was inspired by the works of Aino Kallas. Photographs from Nivala kotiseutuarkisto, Töllin Korpi, 16.3.1949.
Label: Svart Records – SVR205CD Format: CD, EP Country: Finland Released: Apr 2013 Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country Style: Psychedelic Rock, Folk
1 Masks Of The Universe 12:55 2 Superstitious Currents 3:13 3 The Tunnel At The End Of The Light 5:37 4 Woman Of Salem - Vocals – Rosie 5:03 5 Don’t Break The Curse - Flute – Alia 7:08
Credits Bass – Niini Rossi Drums – Jukka Rämänen Guitar – Vesa Ajamo Keyboards – Jussi Saarivuori Lead Guitar – Simo Kuosmanen Lead Vocals, Guitar – Mat McNerney Organ [Hammond], Electric Piano – Ivan Sheppard Trumpet, Violin – Kimmo Helén Violin – Daniel Quill Vocals, Percussion – Marja Konttinen
01. Transparent Eyeball (05:27) 02. Earth Over Us (03:26) 03. Cosmic Truth (04:33) 04. When I'm Dead (04:37) 05. Mirror Boy (04:17) 06. Drugged Up On The Universe (03:42) 07. Teeth Of The Mountain (04:01) 08. Green Gold (03:31) 09. Mushroom Spirit Doors (05:33) 10. Hunter's Prayer (04:38) 11. Last Lovers In Hell (03:44)