HEXED – Netherworld

HEXED - Netherworld
  • 8.5/10
    HEXED - Netherworld - 8.5/10


ViciSolum Productions
Release date: March 30, 2018

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Heavy Metal reaches an apex in form when the vocals can match the power and tonal thrust of the music; Progressive Metal hits its highest marks when the sound is wedded to interesting musical and lyrical ideas. Netherworld, the debut album from Sweden’s Hexed, succeeds remarkably well in both categories, especially from a four piece band whose membership don’t appear to have lists of previous credits—only drummer Teddy Möeller seems to have a journeyman musician’s resume. Whatever their former backgrounds, Hexed deliver a thrilling ten song set.

Opener “Obedience” sets the tone with continually building rhythms and the multilayered vocals of Tina Gunnarsson. Her unaccompanied voice is powerful enough to bring down castle walls; when layered as it is on many of the songs (and nearly all of the choruses) one gets the sense she could take out whole city blocks with her range and strength. She can bring it down several notches as well, as she does on standout The Gathering-esque track “Lightyears”, where she follows a Tina-tsunami with a reflective vocal passage the segues into an equally reflective guitar solo.

Axman Stellan Gunnarsson provides a rough guttural male counterpoint to Tina’s air-raid singing on much of Netherworld; his guitar work is sharp and interesting, moving fluidly from Progressive to near-Thrashy stylings. An already good album bolstered by a few standout guest appearances; Therion’s Thomas Vikström lends his pipes to “Exhaling Life” and Tad Morose’s Ronny Hemlin helps out on the pounding closer “Remake My Soul”, two jewels in an already sparkling crown.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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