Whenever I have a craving for death/doom, Hooded Menace can always be relied upon to satisfy it. 2015’s Darkness Drips Forth was a very enjoyable trip into Hooded Menace’s dark world, and now it’s time to revisit it as they unleash 42 minutes of new material.
If you have yet to encounter Hooded Menace then this is as good an introduction as any. Mixing old-school doom, (think Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema), and equally old-school death metal, (think Autopsy, Asphyx, Incantation), the songs on Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed easily keep the listener’s attention through high quality delivery and engaging songwriting.
I like that although the music on this album is certainly crushing and heavy, the band concentrate on emotive power and feeling more than outright aggression just for the sake of it. This approach certainly adds substance to their music, increasing replay value and essentially creating a well-rounded and immersive experience as the listener gets drawn into the heavy riffs and macabre leads.
There’s a certain Gothic splendour to this album, one that’s been dragged through the murk and the filth, only to rise up once more with grim majesty and an ugly heart. It’s an album that does justice to and captures the spirit of those early UK bands, effectively combining this with a monolithic death metal edge that never has to resort to anything as obvious as blast beats to tear into your soul. It’s also a very moreish album; sufficiently long to satisfy, but sufficiently short to encourage repeat listens.
Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed is an album that Hooded Menace should be proud of, and one that should take pride of place in any death/doom fan’s collection.