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Iron Marsh by Hexvessel
Released: May 2013
Label: Svart Records
Co-ed psych-folk Finns slim from an octet to a quintet while thickening in a slightly more doom-metal direction on this half-hour-plus so-called EP, peaking with some blooze-wah-wahed Wiccan history called "Woman of Salem" that starts at 6:00 on a June morning in 1692. Opener "Masks of the Universe" escapes "the nuclear world of chaos," building in 13 minutes from trumpet stabs toward space distortion; "Superstitious Currents" and "Don't Break the Curse" sound woodsier and more pastoral, the latter setting pagan talk of "primal ancestors" to Jethro Tull rhythms at a crashing Swans-dirge pace.
CHUCK EDDY

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