Death Doom outfit HOODED MENACE will be releasing their new full-length album, ‘The Tritonus Bell,’ on August 27 via Season of Mist! The band has unveiled the cover artwork, tracklist, and additional details below. Moreover, HOODED MENACE is now sharing the pummeling first single, “Blood Ornaments,” which can be heard at THIS LOCATION.
The track may also be pre-saved across all digital streaming services HERE.
Guitarist Lasse Pyykkö comments on the new album and track: “It is with utter excitement that we premiere the first track off our new album ‘The Tritonus Bell!’ There are definitely some new flavours added to the mix, and ‘Blood Ornaments’ comes with some of our most intriguing ingredients yet – and a bloody side taste. There’s a contrast between death/doom misery and head-bangable heavy metal riffs like never heard before in Hooded Menace´s music, making ‘Blood Ornaments’ my favourite track from the album.
“Obviously a lot of inspiration for ‘The Tritonus Bell’ comes from the usual suspects Candlemass, Paradise Lost, and Trouble, but also classic 80´s heavy metal such as Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Dio, and Ozzy Osbourne. Even if you can’t always put your finger on it, they all definitely played a big role in why ‘The Tritonus Bell’ turned out the way it did. When it comes to mixing and mastering, we had the pleasure of working with King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque/Sonic Train Studios, who made sure everything would sound great, and I can honestly say I’ve never been more satisfied with the results sound- and music-wise.“
Pre-orders are now live HERE
HOODED MENACE are furthermore unveiling the artwork and album details for ‘The Tritonus Bell’ which can be viewed below.
1. Chthonic Exordium (1:16)
2. Chime Diabolicus (8:10)
3. Blood Ornaments (9:01) (WATCH)
4. Those who absorb the Night (5:52)
5. Corpus Asunder (7:17)
6. Scattered into Dark (9:05)
7. Instruments of Somber Finality (2:45)
8. The Torture Never Stops (W.a.s.p. cover) (4:07)
With the immaculate songwriting skills and the perfect balance between harsh death metal fueled outbursts and exquisite melodic melancholy, HOODED MENACE unleash skeletal horror and somber despair onto their craving audience with ‘The Tritonus Bell’!
HOODED MENACE were formed in Joensuu, Finland in 2007 by guitarist Lasse Pyykkö, who had also performed in the Finnish cult death metal band PHLEGETHON. The band has always avowed to the strong influence by early CANDLEMASS and CATHEDRAL as well as PARADISE LOST, AUTOPSY, ASPHYX, and WINTER. Their lyrics are often inspired by the classic 1970’s Spanish horror movie series ‘The Blind Dead’.
HOODED MENACE recorded a 2-track demo, ‘The Eyeless Horde’ in 2007, which was released on 7″ the following year. Their debut album ‘Fulfill the Curse’ was released in 2008 and the highly acclaimed sophomore full-length ‘Never Cross the Dead’ came out in 2010. With a penchant for classic vinyl, the Finns also released several split singles and EP’s, for example with ASPHYX and COFFINS, before delivering their full lengths ‘Effigies of Evil’ (2012) and ‘Darkness Drips Forth’ (2015). HOODED MENACE remained in a highly creative mode during their latest full length ‘Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed’ which was released in 2018 via Season of Mist.
Throughout the years, HOODED MENACE toured in Europe and North America, and performed at many major metal festivals such as Hellfest, Roadburn, Maryland Deathfest, Tuska, and Party San Open Air among others.
With their upcoming sixth album ‘The Tritonus Bell’, HOODED MENACE threw in more classic 80´s Heavy Metal, such as KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE, resulting to the most up tempo (but never fast) HOODED MENACE album with the catchiest song material to date!
Harri Kuokkanen – Vocals
Lasse Pyykkö – Lead and rhythm guitar, bass
Teemu Hannonen – Rhythm guitar
Pekka Koskelo – Drums
Recording studio: Horrisound Studios, SF Sound Studio, The Underground Crypt, Sonic Train Studios
Producer/sound engineer: Hooded Menace, Andy LaRocque. Drum recording sessions engineered by Kimmo Perkkiö
Mixing studio and engineer: Sonic Train Studios, Andy LaRocque
Mastering studio and engineer: Sonic Train Studios, Andy LaRocque
Cover artwork artist: Wes Benscoter