Thursday, October 4, 2012
Initial Impressions: Hooded Menace: Effigies of Evil
Hooded Menace is described as a death/doom metal band with lyrics dealing mostly with horror themes. After listening to this album a few times, I think they are basically a doom metal band. There really is not a lot of death metal elements present here. Some of the riffs are a little more distorted than they would be on a traditional doom metal release, but not quite to the degree they would be on a death metal release. About the only real death metal element present here is the vocal style of Lasse Pyykko. His vocals are a very deep roar which calls to mind some of Demilich's and Opeth's work.
Despite the miscategorization of the band, this is a very enjoyable release. For the most part, the riffing is clean and down-tuned to allow for an evil and eerie feeling. Coupled with the death metal-esque vocals and samples lifted from old horror movies, this works quite well in conveying the horror that the songs are typically about.
I really enjoyed this album. It was definitely worth the wait.