HOODED MENACE announce new album 'The Tritonus Bell' + share crushing lead single

The masters of death doom return with a Wes Benscoter cover from the depths.

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Photograph by Mikko Saastamoinen

From Never Cross The Dead (2008) to the masterful Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (2018), Finland's HOODED MENACE have delivered consistently, setting the benchmark high records that defined death doom at its best. The quartet now expand upon that achievement with the forthcoming, The Tritonus Bell.


Arriving on August 27th via Season Of Mist, The Tritonus Bell finds the band retaining their earth-shattering qualities, though with a more moderate, faster paced approach that infuses heavy metal tendencies a bit more than usual. Rightfully so, HOODED MENACE look to add new depth to their perfected formula, offering a little more for newcomers to the twisted world of death doom. Like the predecessor, The Tritonus Bell sounds crisp and will surely shatter the live stage, as lead single Blood Ornaments can attest.


Guitarist Lasse Pyykkö comments:


"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."


Stream Blood Ornaments below and pre-order your copy of the record HERE.

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Cover art by Wes Benscoter