Hex A.D.: Love to write about horror movies and creepy stuff…..

Hex A.D. - Funeral Tango for Gods & Men

It takes more than a global pandemic and a lockdown to stop a band like Hex A.D.! Instead of going into hibernation and disappearing, they were well into writing and recording new songs only a few weeks after the release of Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden last February. As singer and guitarist Rick Hagan says:

«It was easy to see how this whole thing would affect the music business, and we just went straight into this new project instead of hoping for a possible gig or two. Actually it was great to be able to focus all my attention on this new record and not have to worry about playing live while recording it».

Musically this new album is a darker and deeper ride than the other records in the band’s catalogue. In addition to that, Funeral Tango For Gods & Men has turned out to be the band’s most varied work to date. Listeners may be surprised to discover Eagles inspired guitar and vocal harmonies; old school blues riffs and catchy hooks combined with the band’s ever present trademarks such as big epic passages, doomy riffs, vivid storytelling and mysterious atmospheres! The track All The Rages,

«This record includes my most personal and honest lyrics to date», says singer and lyricist Hagan. «I love to write about horror movies and creepy stuff, and I have gone there on a few songs this time too, but I have for the first time included deeper and more personal themed lyrics».

The band’s unofficial 5th member Rowan Robertson, of Dio-fame, contributes to two of the albums tracks. His leads are again a testimony to his outstanding abilities as a solo guitarist, and his melodic and creative solos on the songs Hell Hath No Fury and All The Rage show the same qualities that landed him the job with Dio back in 1989. The keen listener might be able to pick up a tip of the old hat to Blackmore, Beck and Gilmour in these amazing moments of world class fretwork.

Rowan Robertson is not the only guest guitarist to add to this layered piece of work. Norway’s definitive guitar hero and hard rock icon Ronni Le Tekrö pushes the album’s closer Positively Draconian right over the edge with his classic and unmistakable runs. His artistic flare fits right in with Hex A.D.’s rather grand sound, and it is not by coincidence that he plays on the last track on the album.

All in all Funeral Tango for Gods & Men is the undaunted work by a band that’s getting bolder and bolder with every release, a band that dares to use a familiar language to tell untold classic stories.

Funeral Tango For Gods & Men will be released October 22nd 2021 by Fresh Tea.


Rick Hagan: Vocals, guitars

Mags Johansen: Hammond organ, Church organ, Mellotron, Moog, piano

Arry Gogstad: Bass guitar

Matt Hagan: Drums


2021: Funeral Tango for Gods & Men

2020: Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden

2019: Wicked Serpents (EP)

2018: Netherworld Triumphant

2017: The Cranium Seal (single)

2016: The Last Nail in the Coffin Lid

2014: Even the Savage Will See Fair Play


About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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