Genre: Death/Doom Metal
Label: Season of Mist
Hooded Menace return with their sixth full-length album entitled “The Tritonus Bell”. An album where the dark atmosphere crates a vortex that works like a time machine passage for the listener that as long as the record spins he/she travels through early 90’s, feeling the vibes from early Paradise Lost and Asphyx, blended with classic Heavy Metal riffs (in the veins of Andy LaRocque/Michael Denner) and brave doses of Doom foundations, same material that Candlemass have built upon their reputation. Even though Hooded Menace is to my ears closer to Death metal yet I have spoken to many Doom fans or even Epic metal ones that are over excited with the band’s new album. Probably the acoustic parts, the galloping riffs or even some spoken words you can find here and there work on creating this multiple level of influences and inspirations result. “The Tritonus Bell” has tremendous compositions such as “Chime Diabolicus” (with its clean riffs), “Blood Ornaments” (the aforementioned King Diamond riffs can be found here) or that have this gothic elegance and beauty that only Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride could’ve deliver almost 30 years ago. The Heavy Metal galloping riffing in the veins of Maiden can be found in “Corpus Asunder” before it changes into a doom monster where Harri Kuokkanen‘s growls and guitarist Lasse Pyykkö’s melodic guitars exchange until you end up on “Scattered Into Dark” the last song with lyrics as the album closes with the instrumental “Instruments Of Somber Finality” and the cover on W.A.S.P.’s classic “The Torture Never Stops”. As the band chose a more Doom-based and 80’s Heavy Metal driven approaching I believe their cause was to find a larger audience without losing their musical identity. So in these terms I believe that “The Tritonus Bell” is a 100% successful LP.