A horrible hack

Hooded Menace - Loss

A View From The Rope

Year Released: 2014
Format: 12" EP
Label: Doomentia
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Feb 24, 2015
As if that title wasn't enough to hint at where things are headed, check out these song names: Hooded Menace offer up a ditty called 'Monuments Of Misery' while Loss have named theirs 'Depression's Hammer'. Sold already? Me too, and the music certainly doesn't disappoint - not that you'd expect it to, from two such titans. Hooded Menace are up first and kick their side off with a seriously classy melodic riff before launching into some slow-motion misery that could conceivably be pegged as Candlemass gone Coffins. Riffs wind and curl, melodies roil and a scorching solo makes its presence felt, all while Lasse Pyykkö grunts like he's gargling poos in a storm drain. Loss perhaps lack the dynamism and theatricality of their Finnish friends, but what they lack in slippery riffing they more than make up for in sheer spirit-sapping misery. While their side starts with a monumentally heavy bout of bludgeon it soon sinks down into something quieter and more reflective, with guttural murmurs and plangent guitar notes taking centre stage. Things gradually build up a heavier head of steam, but the vocals carry on low in the mix - almost as though Mike Meacham were so enervated by life that he can barely find it in himself to roar. Who, though, can truly blame him?
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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