Saturday, 7th of December, we were invited for a listening sessions at Kniven bar in Oslo where we got the chance to sit down and listen to the upcoming release by the Norwegian riff monster act HEX A.D., named "Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden" and out at the beginning of 2020.
Today, December 13th, is also the day when the band releases the first single from the album, "Astro Tongue". Hopefully this first insight into the upcoming release will transpose you in the same kind of landscape that we were taken to for the whole duration of the listening session: a very pleasant and joyful, yet heavy and intense journey back to the good old days of hammond organ and upbeat riff bonanza, while still anchoring you in the present times of a more daring attempt at combining elements and rhythms.
Of course, the one time listening through the album is not enough to fully label it into one of my two categories: music I like, vs music I don't like. So all I know is that it was really intense and pleasant and I'm looking forward to get my hands on it and digest it thoroughly. It felt like a nicely balanced overall composition, less doomy that te expectations built based on the previous material heard from the band. And luckily, after the audition, we (Jorge from http://risemetal.com and me) had the chance to sit down with vocalist and main composer Rik Hagen and get a lot of cool info about the album itself, the guests and the band's history. A transcription of the chat is available underneath the video of the new single.