HOODED MENACE: Stereogum Debuts the Finnish Death/Doom Masters’ “Godlike” New Track, “Elysium of Dripping Death”
Major media portal Stereogum has just debuted the first taste off the new album from Finland’s HOODED MENACE. The site described the track, “Elysium of Dripping Death,” in glowing terms, saying, “There are few bands today playing death-doom of this magnitude (Triptykon and Indesinence are two that come to mind, and that’s intended as basically the highest possible praise). Their music is based around titanic, melodic riffs, proceeding deliberately to towering heights… HOODED MENACE‘s music does indeed “drip,” like blood or rain — slowly, with increasingly high stakes — while “Elysium” is a mythological afterlife realm reserved for the gods and their relatives — and HOODED MENACE’s majesty rarely feels anything less than godlike. Listen.”
The track is taken from Darkness Drips Forth, the band’s fourth full-length and most gruesome work to date. Recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial) and the band´s usual sound engineer Mikko Saastamoinen, and graced by decrepit artwork from Justin Bartlett, the band employ a new approach on their latest effort, expanding their writing across four cataclysmically dense tracks, nearly all of which exceed ten minutes apiece. Cavernous vocals preside over mastermind Lasse Pyykko‘s rumbling riffs, while the rest of the band’s unshakable rhythmic core provides a grim backbone for the record.
The hint of melody HOODED MENACE sought back in their earliest days has fully blossomed into an essential element of the band’s music; Darkness Drips Forth is as melodic as it is devastating and as emotionally disquieting as it is thematically stirring. Funereal, deliberate, and methodical, Darkness Drips Forth is sure to be an essential acquisition for fans of Winter’s crushing doom, the old-school death metal of Bolt Thrower and Asphyx, and the cruel, apocalyptic atmospheres of Dead Congregation and Coffins alike. Just in time for Halloween, HOODED MENACE
Check out the album trailer here:
The record is slated for an October 30, 2015 release via Relapse Records, and will be available on digital, CD, and vinyl formats. Preorder the album on CD or special edition vinyl here, or preorder the digital version from Bandcamp here.
1. Blood For The Burning Oath / Dungeons of The Disembodied
2. Elysium of Dripping Death
3. Ashen With Solemn Decay
4. Beyond Deserted Flesh
“…the festering aura and soul-damning songs make Hooded Menace stand head and shoulders above the many doom-slinging, horror-worshipping hordes.” – Zero Tolerance
“…highly recommended for those who are looking to get away from the cookie-cutter mold of today’s oversaturated death metal scene”–Revolver
“festers and oozes and totally fucking slays.” – MetalSucks
“all shivers, chills, and dreadful feelings, just the way it is supposed to be”– Blabbermouth