Hex A.D. – Netherworld Triumphant

Label: Fresh Tea    release: 9.11.2018

Don’t get deceived by this smooth piano as opener – you’ll get a massive dose of 1970-Retro:

Doom Metal from the depths of the earth, massive guitar walls – as if Black Sabbath had leased their equipment – and infectious grooves; lotsa reverb on the rough smokey voice, a keyboard sound as if Jon Lord had tuned it personally… then all those songs so raw and straight-forward as if directly from a rehearsal cellar .. don’t get me wrong here, the recording quality is excellent, I just try to describe the atmosphere which is invoked by this album. Yet there is plenty of creative input, other genres being in the mix (Stoner-Psychedelic, Prog) so that at the same time everything sounds pretty modern.

It should be no surprise to find professionals behind it all: Rowan Robertson (Ex-Dio-Klampfer), Magnus Johansen, who had been working with Jon Lord, then Rick Hagan (voc, git), ‘Arry Gogstad (bass) and Matt Hagan (drums), who have been touring with e.g. Blaze Bayley, Paul Di’Anno, Geoff Nicholls, Bernie Marsden or Ripper Owens. Oh, and those guys are from Norway. Any more questions?

Recommended sound bite: War Child

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Klaudia Weber

reckless and merciless dictator, so KNEEL! In other words, editor-in-chief, translator, website and ad admin, "Jane of all trades" - - - addicted to books (everything between Lord Of The Rings & quantum physics) and music, mainly Metal made in Finland. Furthermore, there's painting, drawing, movies, theater... so you can expect some variety on this website too. MA Master of Arts, English and American studies & Media communication = completed two full studies parallel within 5 years; very proud of my achievement - a bit later in life thanks to a scholarship - as a working class girl in a highlyconservative-romancatholic nation...