HOODED MENACE – gloom immemorial – CDCDdoomentia records2014
No matter how far they go, some people never forget where they come from. Such one man is Lasse Pyykkö of the mighty HOODED MENACE: created in 2007 in Joensuu, Finland to pay tribute to both the ‘Blind Dead’ movie series and the ancient metal of death, it has since then become one of the most crushing death/doom band around while their so far three full-lenghts and many prestigious festival appearances have gathered nothing but praise and put them at the top of extreme metal’s foodchain.
Yet Pyykkö never turned his back on the underground he came from and still feels part of. And as an active supporter of the scene, he’d always seek out opportunities to exclusive material while teaming up for various splits with very different partners, from well-confirmed death-metal veterans (ASPHYX) to D-beat masters (ILSA), straight-up weirdos (HORSE LATITUDES) or even Giallo original soundtrack worshippers (ANIMA MORTE). Overall, over the course of seven years, HOODED MENACE has taken part in half-dozen splits and released three EPs, many of them through DOOMENTIA.
Both a gift to their longtime fans that won’t have to spend shitloads of dollars on EBAY to get a worn out copy of those now long out-of-print titles and a little snack while everybody’s waiting to be crushed by their next album (hopefully in 2015), Pyykkö has gathered all those stand-alone tracks in one place for this compilation. Clocking at a whooping 76 minutes and featuring four different line-ups and such rarities as ‘I, Devil Master’ (recorded for the ‘Live Evil vol.1’ comp) or the very first versions of ‘Fulfill the Curse’ or ‘The Eyeless Horde’ that appeared on the band’s sole demo back in 2007. ‘Gloom Immemorial’ is also graced by a very special artwork courtesy of Chris from Misanthropic Art.