Com o ano já adiantado, começam a surgir as primeiras escolhas para as melhores recordações de 2010 e os Hooded Menace arriscam-se a figurar nesse restrito grupo.
The long fade in, in the beginning of the music that gives the title to this album of the Finns Hooded Menace, is nothing more than a quick preparation, to what it comes to follow, or in other words, a huge dose of doom/death metal of the most rotten that you possibly can be able to imagine, at least in these last years. The cover of the record, only by itself, already should be enough to give the motto, but it is to the sound of songs like " Terror Castle ", " Night Of The Deathcult " or " Mortal Rituals Of Cremation ", only to quote these, which Lasse Pyykö and comrades attack us with brutish meshes, a sad and destroying groove and deep growls that supplant the first record launched in 2008, " Fulfill The Curse ", already a work well above the average and that placed them in the map of the extreme music. To reach this objective, the Finnish quartet bet now on a better production, having a fuller and cohesive sound again, bet on songs a little bit more catchy, with destroyer riffs, since we had told, but maintaining intact the sonority of Hooded Menace, supported in sickly sceneries, funereal and of horror.
All the eight songs that compose this full-length are, in its generality, slow and long, but they never come becoming flat or tiresome; here, the things always sound fresh (or rotten, according to the preferences!), checking a quite black atmosphere along the 50 minutes of duration of this " Never Cross The Dead ". The balance between the themes can be the key for this success; very cohesive, without faults to point and without great daydreams or ornaments that could distract us of the principal objective of this band: to create a record of brutish metal and let our chino n the ground whenever we hear it.
With half year gone, the first choices begin to appear for the best memories of 2010 and Hooded Menace’s risk of appearing in this limited group is high.
And I’ll not even be worthwhile to write more anything, because the music will speak for itself!!