Hex Of The Day – Jon Henrik Fjällgren

When I log into YouTube, there's (almost) always an array of eclectic wonders awaiting me. My taste, you see, is exceptionally varied, and while I'll always heed the call of black metal, I also, as it happens, very much enjoy joik, a traditional form of song in Sámi music. While the track I'm sharing today isn't… Continue reading Hex Of The Day – Jon Henrik Fjällgren

Hex Of The Day – Occult

Six years ago, I interviewed an ambient folk duo from Sweden called Occult. I had an obsession with their debut demo Skogen and the track Skogen. It’s offbeat and beguiling. The vocals had a particularly profound effect on me and often came into my mind, despite having heard the track for the first time in 2014. (Listen, and you’ll… Continue reading Hex Of The Day – Occult

Hex Of The Day – Garmarna

It has been a maddening day, and it's been hard to pay attention to anything, predominantly because I suspect I may have food poisoning but also because I've had about five hours of sleep in the past two days, so I'm a cranky hag.  Anyway, I thought I'd retreat to the world of Swedish folk… Continue reading Hex Of The Day – Garmarna

Guest Hexlist – Phil Robinson, Curator Of Pohjoinen Pimeys

I've known Phil Robinson for a good while and have, ever since we first became friends on My Space back in the day, been in admiration of his relentlessly ominous work as a graphic designer and freelance artist within the black metal underground. He worked first off under the name Black Raven Design then Níðhöggr… Continue reading Guest Hexlist – Phil Robinson, Curator Of Pohjoinen Pimeys

Hex Of The Day – Brutus

I have recently started a new round of therapy and have had to take myself back to some fucking uncomfortable times in my life. This past week has proved to be a difficult journey, and I've found myself troubled, impatient and angry. Not even sleep could offer refuge. This morning, I did what I often… Continue reading Hex Of The Day – Brutus

Hex Of The Day – Havukruunu

Three minutes fifty-seven seconds of epic (so epic, the word needed emboldening AND italicizing) pagan black metal for you here.  Musta yö is taken from Finnish band Havukruunu’s 2015 independently released debut EP Rautaa ja Tulta. (Naturmach Productions* have since re-released it.)   It's ruthlessly raw, majestic (the fucking melodies, people.) and bold in its style. Staggeringly bold. The influence… Continue reading Hex Of The Day – Havukruunu

Hex Of The Day – Hymnr

It was the shuddersome cover (by the masterful David Thiérrée) of Russian black metal band Hymnr’s debut album Far Beyond Insanity (Saturnal Records) which stopped me in my tracks as I wandered the lonely highways of YouTube. HYMNR is an entity, a formation that spawned itself. The music, the story, and the concept of HYMNR is its own… Continue reading Hex Of The Day – Hymnr

Ukonvaaja-The Hammer of Ukko

I came across this documentary while searching for something else Finnish related on YouTube and was spirited away by its magic immediately. Within the first opening sequences of the trailer the beautiful scenery combined with traditional Kantele music had me intrigued. In the trailer the narration goes on to speak powerfully about ancient Finnish animistic… Continue reading Ukonvaaja-The Hammer of Ukko

Hex Of The Day – Níundi

One of my favourite musical discoveries of 2020 was Níundi. Based in Sweden, this ritualistic dark folk/ambient project is made up of Leslie Chepstow and Henry Möller. On the band’s Bandcamp page, they say: ‘Níundi is the supercharged atmosphere found between fire and ice. And within this liminal and misty shadow of dark Norse magick, ritual and… Continue reading Hex Of The Day – Níundi

Hex Of The Day – Perennial Isolation

Spanish black metal band Perennial Isolation piqued my curiosity the other day on YouTube with their fourth album Portraits, released by Non Serviam Records. Now, I’m not one to pass up on checking out an album featuring a lone house in a wintry landscape, and, as iamjetflight rightly said in the video comments, “Rule of… Continue reading Hex Of The Day – Perennial Isolation