HOODED MENACE mastermind Lasse Pyykko is a legend of sorts within Finland’s underground death metal scene forming Phlegethon in the late ‘80s and being active within the death metal underground during the course of the early-to-mid ‘90s. Recently though, he’s been one of, if not the most prolific musician within death metal surfacing with several killer acts such as Claws, Vacant Coffin, and Acid Witch. But HOODED MENACE has been the act Lasse has gotten the most attention and buzz with, his true calling manifesting in some of the most vile, old-school and sludgy death doom today. Only formed in 2007, it didn’t take long for HOODED MENACE to create buzz with its doomy death doom that mirrors some of the most classic and legendary acts of the genre such as Winter, old-school Cathedral (nothing past the first album), Asphyx, Hellhammer, Paradise Lost (nothing past the first album), and of course the almighty Autopsy. But the character embossed by HOODED MENACE was that it became a musical tribute to the classic and cult horror movies in which HOODED MENACE bases its songs around. Movies like Night Of The Living Dead, Manhattan Baby, Night Of The Seagulls, Tombs Of The Blind Dead, Return Of The Evil Dead etc. are part of what inspires HOODED MENACE songs to take their form. Of course the main characteristic behind HOODED MENACE is the band’s doomy, menacing, rotting, and ultimately crushing blend of old-school guttural death doom oozing filth where plodding and methodically heavy sludgy riffs correspond with old-school death metal/doom drumming and Lasse’s guttural growls, it was with their “Fulfilling The Curse” debut where HOODED MENACE caught the attention of many old-school death metal fans and old-school horror freaks alike (well, the both go hand in hand anyway). Now with the new HOODED MENACE album “Never Cross The Dead”, Lasse and co. have created a mightier and more fearsome album than the debut that will once again bring together death and doom metal fiends/freaks alike and likewise, “Never Cross The Dead” will go down as a modern day death/doom metal classic in every sense.