Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
Review by Adam M on August 22, 2018.
Hooded Menace partake in the type of music that made early Entombed such a riot and do so with great aplomb. The riffs are devastating and the band brings forth a ton of groove. They manage to separate themselves with a more diverse sound that constantly changes and avoids the generic death metal templates. It was quite an interesting experience listening to this album and it shows that the band was having a great deal of fun making the release. It shows a penchant for writing enjoyable passages and combining them together at will.
Though the album only contains seven tracks, these tracks are long, meaty and feature a ton of substance to elevate them nicely into the higher portions of the death metal genre. This diversity of sounds is illustrated nicely in Eerie Deliverance which goes through a number of shifts and changes. The band defintely ups the variety quotient to make themselves a very worthwhile band. The Entombed feeling still permeates the songs and adds that signature sound at every turn. The overall sound of the band has me definitely liking it amongst the highest entries of the year so far, but it is brought down by some chugging slower portions. If the speed of the band would stay at a fierce rate, they would be absolutely killer.
As it stands, this is an excellent release of death metal. It brings the chops, but also manages to switch things up and bring many different flavours into the mix. It’s this uniqueness that caught my attention and made me grasp the musical thoughts the band put forth. Those that are fans of Entombed should check Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed out without hesitation as should all others of death metal. It has the right amount of ferocity mixed with adventurous songwriting in equal measure.
Rating: 7.9 out of 10