I haven’t ever really gotten into to much doom metal and I think that’s something I need to rectify. I delved into it a bit in 2014 with album and band suggestions from friends and enjoyed most of what I heard but I felt I needed to explore the genre more, take it all in, hear the “classics” of the genre. So low and behold, Decibel Magazine recently released their “Top 100 Doom Metal Albums” recently and I figured this is as good a place to start as any. I check out a song or two from every entry for every album I didn’t already have and chopped the list down to about 50 or so albums I want to explore more. So with that in mind and with my never ending quest to spread the awesomeness of metal, I’m starting a new series here on the Tumblr. I’ll be posting my thoughts on the 50 or so doom metal albums I haven’t heard before. Some are from bands I’ve never heard, some are albums from bands I like that I haven’t heard that particular album. Together, we will all learn something new and hopefully find some amazing music to listen to from here to eternity.

So with that in mind, here is the first installment: Hooded Menace’s Never Cross the Dead (2010).

Hooded Menace seem like a band I should have been into sooner. Their album art consists of creepy, hooded, bearded skeletal warriors in the vein of the awesome Tomb of the Blind Dead movies and their lyrics mostly revolve around horror and the occult. The music feels like the lost soundtrack to said Blind Dead movies and is caked with distorted, plodding, crushing guitar riffs made only more sinister and dark by the slowly sung guttural vocals. Grim and horrifying doom metal. This is a keeper.