2021 Best of Metal: #12 Hooded Menace-The Tritonus Bell

Origin: Joensuu, Finland

Release date: 8/27/2021

Personnel: Harri Kuokkanen-vox, Lasse Pyykko-guitar/bass, Teemu Hannonen-guitar, Pekka Koskelo-drums

Back to Scandinavia the next entry on the list. Looking at that album cover, you’re probably guessing that this is a death metal band. And you’d be correct. However, these guys kind of play out more like a doom metal band than a traditional sounding death metal outfit. The riffs on this one bring to mind more of something you’d hear off a Trouble album than your typical Scandinavian death metal band. Chuggy and slow moving with a severe guttural sounding vocalist.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

12. Hooded Menace-The Tritonus Bell
13. Quicksand-Distant Populations
14. Harakiri For the Sky-Maere
15. Converge and Chelsea Wolfe-Bloodmoon: I
16. At The Gates-The Nightmare of Being
17. The Vintage Caravan-Monuments
18. Nervosa-Perpetual Chaos
19. Baest-Necro Sapiens
20. Agrypnie-Metamorphosis

Hooded Menace-The Tritonus Bell

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