SVART SESSIONS: Hexvessel performing Dawnbearer in full

SVART Records is at the heart of some of the most exciting and boundary pushing releases that cross our paths here at Roadburn HQ. For Roadburn Redux we’re delighted to have teamed up with the venerable label to present a handful of performances by bands that truly epitomise what the label is all about. It gives us great pleasure to introduce these bands to you, and bring them to your homes this April under the banner of Svart Sessions.

Forming a staple part of the musical diet for many Roadburners – us included – Hexvessel are a delight to welcome back to Roadburn; for this very special show, they will perform their debut album, Dawnbearer, in full as part of the Svart Sessions. Not only that, this exclusive performance will see the band reunite with original members and play an acoustic show, faithful to the dark and mystic spirit of the album – ten years on from its original release.

Although based in Finland, Hexvessel were formed by English singer/songwriter, Mat McNerney (also of Beastmilk, Grave Pleasures, Carpenter Brut etc) – melding together elements of English folk music and the kind of heady psychedelia that Finland has become well known for.  Dawnbearer was where it all began – featuring the violin work of Daniel Pioro (who works on Paul Thomas Anderson’s soundtracks with Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead), the early production work of Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Paradise Lost), and guest vocals from Carl Michael Eide (Virus, Ved Buens Ende, Aura Noir) – an album that is now considered to be both highly influential, and modern classic of the occult rock revival scene.

Mat told us:

“Dawnbearer is a very important album for us, being our first album, but also the first original album release for Svart Records. We have never played the album in full before, and some of the songs we have never performed live, especially this faithfully. We’ve often reworked the songs from this album for a rock band format over the years, depending on whatever album we’ve been touring, but this time we’re dusting off the accordions and banjos and taking the blanket off the harmonium – and going back to the roots of what makes this album so special. I’m excited to revisit the world of Dawnbearer together with our friends at Roadburn to celebrate ten years of Hexvessel, Svart Records, and the legacy of our debut album.”

We’re yet to witness a Hexvessel show that hasn’t sent shivers down our spine, and we can only assume that will be amped up further with this incredibly special Dawnbearer show.

Hexvessel will perform Dawnbearer at Svart Sessions – part of Roadburn Redux, taking place between April 16-18.

Becky Laverty

Date: April 18

Time: 19:40 CEST

Type: Exclusive Sets