Review by Alex on August 28, 2019.
This German project going under the name Hexenbrett plays the kind of metal you would feel more comfortable listening to while in a closet with only candles lit around you when channeling energies from an Ouija board. Take traditional heavy metal and mix it with punk rock and black metal of the 1st and 2nd wave with plenty keyboards. I'm all in, this record has made the nighttime so much more interesting as its usually a period I blast the occult forces within the metal genre; 13th Moon and so forth usually share the shadows, I'd like to add Hexenbrett to the class of cursed souls. I consider this to be one of the best new releases coming from Germany in 2019. Almost skipped over this amongst the piles but happened to have seen it pop on the internet as of late and I just had to hear what the fuss was about.
There's been a bit of an occultic bubble forming within the underworlds of metal but only some have been able to give adoration to the mystical while playing what would appear like trance music to accompany the various occultic references. On Erste Beschwörung Hexenbrett sound like an estate is being put together with the intention of housing or being a site for rituals of all kinds. This record has it all, eerie keyboards, choirs, deranged vocals like being under the direction of a sadistic spirit and classy guitar riffs from the vaults of the early 80s.
From the first to the final spell with the ’Hexen (Bis Aufs Blut Gequält)' being my favorite, you hear a project rising through the ranks of those playing similarly influenced music. For only 18 minutes of music, it hits the bullseye in achieving what it set out to. You hear it all through Erste Beschwörung in the form of doom passages, synthesized choirs, late 70s to 80s styled keyboards and the traditional heavy metal worship along with some gothic punk rock.
If you're into this kind of music then there would be no mistake in picking up Erste Beschwörung; definitely recommend this for those seeking obscure underground metal. Hope there's more to come from Hexenbrett soon; it will be interesting to see what route is taken on the next journey.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10