Horror and doom metal have gone hand in hand since the dawn of heavy metal. From their 2007 inception, Finland’s HOODED MENACE have embodied this dualism, drawing lyrical inspiration from the main subjects of the classic Spanish horror movie series The Blind Dead, the undead, eyeless Templar knights who rode on horseback and drank the blood of their victims. Musically, the band were inspired by pioneers such as Candlemass, Paradise Lost, Autopsy, and Asphyx, among others. Founded by guitarist Lasse Pyykko (Phlegethon, Vacant Coffin, ex-Acid Witch), HOODED MENACE aspired to play doom-laden death metal that mixed somber riffs with a hint of melody. The band’s debut 2008 full-length Fulfill The Curse found them abundant underground acclaim, and established the act as an artist to keep an eye – or, at least an eye socket – on.