He continues; “But there’s some crazy shit in there, almost progressive or at least technical. There are certain melodies across the album that could have come from jazz songs, although they’re completely metal with us, of course (laughs). “
“For me, it has always been very hard to describe our new music,‘ comments bassist Henkka Blacksmith. “In a way, it always feels familiar, but the new stuff also always surprises me. Here we have something that’s very Bodom, but somehow we haven’t done this kind of stuff, possibly ever. Then again, someone said that there’s a somewhat similar vibe to what Follow the Reaper had. I don’t know. Anyway, we had a really hard time choosing the songs for the videos, I guess that’s a positive problem to have.“
Hexed saw the return to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where COB were reunited with Mikko Karmila (I Worship Chaos, Halo Of Blood, Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper and Hate Crew Deathroll) who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
For this album, the band enlisted Denis Forkas to create the album artwork (see below). Bassist Henkka Blacksmith commented on the cover, “For some years I’ve wanted to try a different approach with our cover art. We are so used to digital art, so it’s really hard to do something else. Doing it completely with a computer is somewhat safe and convenient. This time we all agreed to try going old school. We found this cool dude and gave him simple instructions – the cover has to be purple and the reaper has to be central. Half a year later we got his work, and with a little tweaking, we now have the cover of Hexed. It is very different from what we are used to, even the Reaper looks different, but at the same time very spooky. “
Hexed will be available for pre-order starting December 7th.
Below is the track listing for Hexed
1. The Road
2. Under Grass and Clover
3. Glass Houses
4. Hecate’s Nightmare
5. Kick in the Spleen
6. Platitudes and Barren Words
8. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime)
9. Say Never Look Back
10. Soon Departed
12. I Worship Chaos (live)
13. Morrigan (live)
14. Knuckleduster (remix)
Stay tuned for more information about the album as well as announcements about their upcoming US tour in the spring and European trek in the summer including Bloodstock Open Air!