Hooded Menace is a death doom metal band formed in Joensuu, Finland in 2007. The band was formed by Lasse (also known from the cult Finnish death metal band Phlegethon and death/grinders Vacant Coffin) in the summer of 2007. Very much influenced by the first Cathedral album, Winter, and Asphyx, the band wanted to play really doom-laden death metal that combined crushing and somber riffs with just a slight hint of melody that comes from their love for the early Candlemass albums from the 1980s. Their lyrics are inspired by the classic 1970s Spanish horror series The Blind Dead that included the films "Tombs of the Blind Dead", "Return of the Evil Dead", "Horror of the Zombies", and "Night of the Seagulls". The rotting, eyeless Templar knights who rode on horses and drank the blood of their victims had an influence on the music as well. Slow, heavy pacing of the undead Knights Templars is right there in the riffs, in the beats. The band recorded a 2-song demo, titled "The Eyeless Horde" and quickly began promoting it in the underground. The band released their debut album "Fulfill the Curse" in 2008 on Razorback Records. It was followed by "Never Cross the Dead" (2010) and "Effigies of Evil" (2012). They have also released several split albums and EPs, most recently the EP "Labyrinth of Carrion Breeze" in 2014. Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HoodedMenace Hooded Menace is also the name of an American hip hop producer/beatmaker.