Mat “Kvohst” McNerney provides the acrobatic lead vocals for the excellent avant/experimental industrial-leaning Norwegian black metal crew Dødheimsgard as well as the very differently forward-thinking (and also amazing) UK black metal band Code. He takes another turn with his stripped down “psychedelic occult folk” solo project Hexvessel. The 15-song Dawnbearer’s shocking at first, compelling after repeat listens. Think Woven Hand, haunted ’60s/’70s pastoral folk, or a darker riff on that last Midlake album (note above promo photo). McNerney covers Clive Palmer’s post-Incredible String Band crew C.O.B. and successfully transforms and darkens Paul Simon’s “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes.” He quotes Crowley, Truman Capote, Isaac Babel, etc. Unlike Boduf Songs’ black metal-ready folk, this is folk by a talented, ambitious black metal musician. But the energy’s there. As is the atmosphere. He puts sawblade — along withharmonium, zither, gongs, harp, mellotron, mandolin and bandoneon — to good use. You’ll get a sense of Dawnbearer via this Kalle Sipilä-directed video for opener “Invocation Summoning.”
Another album track, “The Death Knell Tolls”:
Dawnbearer is out via Svart. McNerney’s joined by Krugers Medbragte, Jaime Gomez Arellano, and Virus’ Carl-Michael Eide (aka Czral), etc., on it. The drawing on the cover (and in the booklet) is by previous HTC visitor Albert Witchfinder. That cover:
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