I always hate it when bands slip under my radar. Hooded Menance is one such band. It looks like these guys have been plugging along since 2008 and have produced a number of albums in that time. It is only now with this latest release that I have had the pleasure of filling my earholes with their wonderful mix of NWOBHM/thrash inflected death metal.
Seriously, this album simply feels like coming home. It feels familiar in all the good ways. The riffs are just classics. The leads are warm and friendly. Damn. I really don’t know what else to really say about this one except that this is how I like my death metal done. It’s not grinding to the point of aggravation. It’s not obsessed with the grotesque. It’s just a classic metal album that tells some tales of the darker corners of the world and mind.
I guess I’m going to have to go back and explore the back catalog. These guys are keepers.
4 flip flops out of 5