Hooded Menace - Effigies Of EvilFinland has very healthy metal scene containing many celebrated bands. Many of them take their cues from folk music and extreme metal, however Hooded Menace keeps things old school in capital letters. Let’s see what their latest effort, entitled “Effigies Of Evil” has to offer.

Doom/death metal from the early nineties seems to the biggest source of inspiration on “Effigies Of Evil”. Bands like Asphyx, Cathedral, Autopsy and early Paradise Lost are some of the names that come to mind. Hooded Menace isn’t afraid to add some Candlemass and Iron Maiden to their tasteful doom/death metal blend as well. It the combination of a dark atmosphere and melodic elements that gives this album its edge.

Another key factor is the band’s ability to forge some very memorable songs and to give their own spin to a tried and tested formula. Tracks like “In The Dead We Dwell”, “Crumbling Insanity” and “Retribution In Eternity” are clear proof of that. The mighty growls from guitarist/bassist/vocalist Lasse are the proverbial icing on the cake.

The old school feel of this album is further reinforced by its sound. Production-wise it sounds like it’s recorded by the infamous Scott Burns back in the early nineties. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, I’ll leave that up to you, the listener.

If you’re looking for some high quality old school doom/death metal and you don’t mind a melodic twist or two, than “Effigies Of Evil” by Hooded Menace is the album for you. Good stuff!

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