Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Review)

Hooded MenaceThis is the fifth album from Finnish death/doom band Hooded Menace.

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. Continue reading

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Ataraxy – Where All Hope Fades (Review)

AtaraxyAtaraxy are a Spanish death metal band and this is their second album.

Here we have 48 minutes of death metal with atmospheric doom elements, making for long songs filled with grim moods and shadowy treasures. Continue reading

Druid Lord – Grotesque Offerings (Review)

Druid LordDruid Lord are a death/doom metal band from the US and this is their second album.

I wonder what rotten, infested crypt this has crawled out of? Druid Lord manifest themselves as shambling ghouls, full of the horrors of the night and the terrors that lurk just at the edges of your vision. Continue reading

Ordog – The Grand Wall (Review)

OrdogOrdog are from Finland and play death/doom metal. This is their fifth album.

Okay, so let’s start this review off in no uncertain terms – The Grand Wall is a great album. There. I said it.

The songs follow mournful, misery-drenched themes, as is the norm for this style of music, although Ordog seem quite happy to crank up the aggression when they need to. Due to the overall sorrowful atmospheres though, this is a negatively-charged aggression that keeps within the over-arching framework that the band have set for themselves. Continue reading