Back around late 2008, I remember hearing about the hype involving a fresh new band called Hooded Menace, back when they were signed to Razorback records and released "Fulfill the Curse". I greatly enjoyed it and knew that this band would bring promising things for the future. Fast forward to less than two years later, and the band releases "Never Cross the Dead". This time, they're on Profound Lore (for wider distribution), and they still managed to come out with some great material.
If you're new to this band, I'll give you a quick rundown on what you can expect on here. These riffs don't get much doomier than this, taking the styles of Asphyx and Winter and giving them a vibe of traditional doom, classic Finnish death metal and even a bit of the early My Dying Bride melancholy as well. Vocalist Lasse Pyykkö has been in a vast number of bands throughout the years, whether it would be Phlegethon, Vacant Coffin or Claws, but I find that this highlights his vocal talents the most effective.
While I personally may have enjoyed "Fulfill the Curse" a bit more, this is another solid and well-played horror themed album that gives the classic death/doom formula new life. Recommended if your tastes include Autopsy, Winter, Asphyx, or even Finnish death like Convulse and early Amorphis.