Hexer are a band from Germany that plays a mixture of black, stoner, and doom metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Cosmic Doom Ritual" which will be released in April by Vendetta Records.
Atmospheric soundscapes and drones start off the album along with some acoustic guitars that give the songs more of a stoner or desert rock touch and after awhile powerful sounding bass guitars are added onto the recording and after a few minutes the music goes into a heavier direction along with some growls and screams.
All of the songs are very long and epic in length while the vocals bring in a mixture of black and death metal influence along with some sludge and doom metal style riffing and when guitar leads are utilized they are very melodic and also add in touche of post rock and shoegaze and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard and acoustic guitars are also used on the other tracks along with the songs also bringing in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and psychedelic elements are added onto the closing track.
Hexer plays a musical style that takes stoner, doom, sludge and black metal and mixes them together to create something very dark and heavy, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album dealing with a cosmic journey through deep blackness, being devoured by a giant sea creature and the discovery of a surreal place along with some sci fi and mythological touches.
In my opinion Hexer are a very great sounding mixture of black, stoner and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Pearl Snake". 8 out of 10.