Hooded Menace
Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed


4.2
excellent

Review

by Gameofmetal STAFF
January 31st, 2018 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Familiar, yet distant. Hooded Menace release their most dynamic album to date.

Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed is at once quite familiar as a Hooded Menace recording, yet altogether alien. The Finnish death/doom we’ve come to know and love is perfectly intact on the band’s fifth full length outing, but there’s enough floating around the boundaries of their tried and true sound to warrant inspection. Hooded Menace continue to peddle an old fashioned blend of old school death metal, only slowed to a doom laden crawl and funneled through dense tones that call to mind adjectives like “cavernous” (which is applicable, but only in a relatively accessible sense). Perhaps the difference is that the emphasis has fallen on the instruments and the atmosphere more so than the vocals this time around. That’s not to say that Hooded Menace were a vocal-driven band before, but new frontman Harri Kuokannen lends a much less intimidating presence compared to guitarist and founding member Lasse Pyykkö’s growls on Darkness Drips Forth. Pyykkö’s more ferocious and prominent tone demands more room in the mix than Kuokannen’s vocals, which sink distinctly into the mix just enough that the instruments need to fill that empty space. By all appearances, Hooded Menace were aware of this and adjusted accordingly.

There’s a grandiosity to Ossuarium that belies the inherent simplicity of Hooded Menace’s career. A creeping sense of melody has been present for a while, but it’s only now that it has become such a fixture in their music to the point that it elevates the straightforward death/doom-ness of it. One of the refrains in “Sempiternal Grotesqueries” calls to mind old school Dethklok (I know, right") bizarrely enough and less bizarre are occasional callbacks to gothic melodies a la My Dying Bride. This heightened melodic presence is welcome and finally serves to set a Hooded Menace album apart from the rest (let’s be real, the rest of their albums were more or less the same thing no matter how good they were), but the band knows to swiftly silence concerns that their sound might be softening or shifting too quickly. Death and doom metal is alive and well on Ossuarium and only an extreme melodic approach would obscure the fact that this is still some damn heavy stuff. For example, “Charnal Reflections” is a somber dirge in the first half, opening with a surprisingly pretty guitar melody before violently dipping into pure death metal later on just to remind us where the band came from. Most surprising is closer “Black Moss”, which is mostly a glorified jam session at heart. A few heavy riffs underlie some loose guitar soloing before transitioning into isolated acoustic passages that really lead to nowhere but an ending. While the song makes little sense on its own, reading it as a hint at things to come gives it some weight. Are Hooded Menace going in a more dynamic and grandiose direction" One listen of Ossuarium tells us that they’re learning a few new tricks, as only old dogs can’t, but there’s no indication that these Finns are giving up on death or doom metal any time soon.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2018


10308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

the better sempiternal btw

BlackwaterPork
January 31st 2018


4173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You legend, great review

Spacesh1p
January 31st 2018


7646 Comments


Nice, glad to see this well rated. Gonna have to check it.

chug73
January 31st 2018


3558 Comments


This rips

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2018


8768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Game’s got game : ]

Hawks
January 31st 2018


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Correct rating/review finally nice. m/

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2018


10308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Did you expect any less from me my dude?? I always keep it m/

Hawks
January 31st 2018


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ain't that the truth. m/



God I love this band so fucking much.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2018


8768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bumped my rating, had to

Hawks
January 31st 2018


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There you go bro. m/

Dedes
January 31st 2018


5810 Comments


I give this review a m/ out of 10.

Hawks
January 31st 2018


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2018


8768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good ol’ Dede

AdolfChrist
February 1st 2018


16950 Comments


I like this review better, though i still havent heard it.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2018


8768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Change that, hear it - love it

Spacesh1p
February 1st 2018


7646 Comments


I think this might be their best work honestly. They seem to have really found their own sound now.

DDDeftoneDDD
February 1st 2018


1695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

TKS for reviewing this! What an album!

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haggmeez
February 1st 2018


47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm really enjoying it.

Hawks
February 1st 2018


58663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice. m/

DDDeftoneDDD
February 2nd 2018


1695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm afraid i'm the only Portuguese guy absolutely amazed with this album. So judging by how many times i hear it and enjoying it i'm proud to be the first sputnik user to 5 this. What do you guys think about the extra track cover Sorrows of the Moon. I haven't heard the original to be honest...



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