Hooded Menace – The Toilet ov Hell Interview

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Hoods, cowls, helms; shrouds, diadems; masks; veils; paints; visors; bandanas; it is an endless list.

For some reason, lesser humans have an innate cowardly fear: that which obscures the face. It’s an engendered  and primal connotation of mystique, of secrecy . . . of a hidden lurking menace. What I’ve learned over years of failed attempts is you cannot simply slap on a hood, shamble drunkenly through a foggy graveyard on the winter solstice, then expect people to cower or flee from your terrible visage. It takes a very real and incipient threat to achieve this desired effect. Not dissimilar to the modern-day catholic priest, Hooded Menace have perfected the art of trvly expressing the ill-will necessary.

I’ll assume that Hooded Menace is already familiar to most here at the TXXLXT XX HXLL, so I wont spend a lot of time describing their sound and discography. If you’re unacquainted, these Finnish death-doom stalwarts eagerly proffer commination with 2014’s Gloom Immemorial. Pondering the fate of my own dark soul, hearing subtle and nuanced changes in sound, I reached out to the band’s progenitor,  frontman Lasse Pyykkö, for an update.


 

BLACKBEARD: What is the meaning behind the name Hooded Menace? The relation to the Blind Dead series? Can just anyone become a hooded menace?

Lasse Pyykkö: Yeah, the name refers to the undead Knights Templar of the Blind Dead movies. Anyone? Be my guest.

BB: I just recently got my hands on your compilation Gloom Immemorial, which consists of your more recent split and EP material. There seems to be an even greater shift towards the mid-tempo, a wider variety of melody-driven riffs and “hooks,” if you will. Is this something that will continue for Hooded Menace?

LP: Exactly. Yeah, the new album will be even more melodic, but of course it’s still very heavy and forlorn sounding material. There’s plenty of really slow stuff coming up, and the songs are longer, each one clocking around 10 minute mark, hence there´ll be only four songs on the album.

Sup, guise? We're just sitting here looking menacing in this graveyard

dat juxtaposition

BB: Effigies of Evil came out in 2012, since then it has been only short-form releases, put out by Doomentia. Can we expect a new full-length LP from Hooded Menace in 2015?

LP: Yes you can, if things go as planned. We’ll be hitting Skyhammer Studio in the UK in April to record with Chris Fielding, who has turned the knobs for bands such as Electric Wizard, Moss, Napalm Death and The Wounded Kings. We wish to see the album out in the latter half of 2015.

BB: I would buy Hooded Menace albums solely because of the album art. D’Andrea and Misanthropic-Art have done impressive work for Hooded Menace. Who would you choose to do the next album art?

Hooded Menace - Gloom Immemorial (2014)

Hooded Menace – Gloom Immemorial (2014)

LP: Actually we have already hooked up someone for the job, but I don’t think we want to reveal the information yet. It’s going to be something quite different than before, that much I can tell.

BB: Can we expect something out of Phlegethon, or any of your other projects, any time soon? Is there any chance you’ll work with Acid Witch again?

LP: Ruinebell (Pekka and myself teamed up with Dopi from now defunct Machetazo) 12″ EP entitled Embers’ Grave (Doomentia), and Swarming (me with Rogga Johansson) Cacophony of Ripping Flesh – Recordings 2010-2012 CD (Dead Beat Media) will be released this year. I haven’t written any new Phlegethon stuff nor have any kind of plans for the band at the moment. Recently we actually considered about jamming with the original line up, but it turned out that everyone wasn’t into it, so it seems the band will stay defunct in the future as well. It wouldn’t be the same if I tried to do it as some kind of a solo project or something, just as those 2006 and 2007 demos were, basically. What comes to Acid Witch, I don’t see any reason why I should work with them again. They have a singer in the band.

BB: We’re here at the beginning of a new year. Have you made any resolutions, personal or for Hooded Menace?

LP: Not really, but I can promise you the new Hooded Menace album will be our most DOOM-laden to date. Take it as a new year’s resolution or simply as a fact (laughs).

BB: Mr. Pyykkö, thanks for taking the time to answer a handful of questions for our little community! Is there anything you would like to add? Final words?

LP: Not much to add! Thanks for the interview! Very much appreciated!


As always, I’d like to thank my interviewee. It shouldn’t confound that I greatly respect Señor Pyykkö des Hooded Meance y todos los involucrados. I believe we have a great album lying in wait for 2015 in their new one.

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  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Good shit BB. I’m at work on hold with multiple ISPs. Kill me, pls.

    • BXAXXBXAXX

      That sounds awful

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Some are better than others. The last woman I was on the phone with may have actually been the dumbest person on Earth, and I am usually not that way about people but damn. Lol.

        • Can we get a excerpt from the conversation ? Pls?

          GL

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I spent over a half an hour on the phone with her, and insisted we did in fact use them as an internet service provider, while she searched the area to see if they could provide us service. I explained again that I knew we used them for service. After a half an hour, she told me she couldn’t help me with what I was asking for (static IP addresses, default gateways, subnet masks, and DNS primary and secondary) and gave me the number to their technical support, which for some reason she couldn’t just transfer me to.

          • Sounds delicious. I had a encounter last weekend where Time Warner disconnected my internet on Friday evening (I didn’t know they came out, I was in the garage at the time). So I called Time Warner Saturday morning and said “Hey I don’t think my internet is working.” After a dozen half understandable indians insisted my connection was turned on it was my modem that was whacked. A guy come out Sunday to inform me the line had been disconnected at the road for by someone at Time Warner. So, someone at Time Warner disconnected my internet but Time Warner did not know it had be disconnected. Confounding logic yeah? The guy said it happens all the time. They must have one hell of a business model. And it wasn’t disconnected because of a late bill – so disregard that theory.

            GL

          • JWG

            In fairness, I’ve found that being “transferred” when I call a service that doesn’t really want to provide me service typically ends in being transferred to a “we’re not in the office” message followed by a hang-up.

            Having a direct number in those cases would actually be very helpful.

        • more beer

          That`s a bold statement. Since the competition for dumbest person on earth is fierce.

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      It is good shit. I’m working on some articles and trying to get some band interviews for the site. I hope the interviews come through.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Shoot for the stars Janitor Jim.

      • Not The Ideal Tapir

        *good poop. Jesus guys, do you have to be so vulgar!

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          You’ll probably like one of the interviews I am trying to get.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            Do not tease me, handsome boy.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            You’ll have to wait and see. It’s a prog band from the 70’s.

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            I swear to fucking Leviathan, if it’s that one band which shan’t be named, I will hunt you down and end you.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            It’s not. It’s one you probably like.

          • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

            Blut Aus Nord?

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            I loved their albums from the 70s. I find it weird that no one talks about them.

          • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

            Man, those were the best. Shame nobody listened to them.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            They’re not from the 70’s.

          • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

            They are if you want them to be.

          • JWG
          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            My mom was in Blut Aus Nord back in the 70s. She left before they became big.

          • was that right before she joined Triumph?

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            She was also playing in Yes and Camel at the time.

          • She would.

          • Based Tapir

            Your new name is ooooooooohhhh/yea boi

          • Me First and the Jimmy Jimmies?

          • Howard Dean

            Are you going to interview Tony Martin again? Who is next? Torrie Wilson, hopefully.

      • BXAXXBXAXX

        I will say, the upcoming ghost bath interview is going to be different, in a good way. His answers were fucking.
        .enigmatic

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          Yay!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          enigmatic, great word. I just used it yesterday in the title for an article I really haven’t started. Lol

        • CT-12

          Oh shit son, I’m stoked for the interview!

  • Tyree

    YES!!!!!!!! I’VE BEEN WAITING EAGERLY FOR THIS INTERVIEW!

    Great work beardo, I love this band and holy fuck; New Ruinebell this year!!!! I’M DEAD!

  • That guitar tone sounds like the slow grinding of human skulls! Brutal!

    GL

  • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

    Well that was a pretty short interview. I would have liked some more in depth questions and stuff. Anyway, it was still a well done interview and I haven’t heard this band before, so that’s good.

    • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

      This a band is a band about which I would say: “This band is dimmadarn near to flawless”

      • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

        Dimmadarn? Man, that’s some high praise.

    • BXAXXBXAXX

      Actually, goat, his answers were really short and there were whole questions I edited out because the answers/questions didn’t quite make sense

  • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

    HOODED FRICKEN MENACE!!!!!
    (Going to read the article now that I have that outta the way)

  • They kinda sound like a muddier version of Amon Amarth. Which is a def a good thing.

    • BXAXXBXAXX

      They’re much slower than AA on the whole

  • Not The Ideal Tapir

    No plans with Claws? I cry.

    • BXAXXBXAXX

      Sry tapir!

      • Count_Breznak

        damn

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Why is there an impostor Tapir today?

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        Where?
        (Oh I gets it)

      • Based Tapir

        An impostor? Where? I’ll cut that bitch!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I saw another tapir but not with the same name as you. Serious.

          • Based Tapir

            Was he Not The Ideal Tapir, because that was me. Either you’ve made a mistake or you’re hallucinating.

  • DDubya.

    I enjoyed the interview and jammed that compilation this morning. Thanks for taking the time to seek them out!

    • BXAXXBXAXX

      I’d say the stuff on that comp is my fav by them.

  • TXXLXT XX HXLL
    That is next level vowel obfuscation.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Cool interview! Looking forward to the new album.

  • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

    New album? Slower you say? More melodic you say? Hell yes, I say. NOW TAKE MY MONEY, AGAIN. GO ON, ALL OF IT, YOU KNOW I WANT TO.

    • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

      But how will you buy beer when you have no money?

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        What did Black Flag do in Thirsty and Miserable? Break into a liquor store.

    • Not The Ideal Tapir

      Can I get three fiddy?

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        I don’t has that much!

        • Not The Ideal Tapir

          but I need about three fiddy

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            You and me both, sister

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            I’m not sure if you got the joke, so I’m gonna run away.
            *runs away*

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I’ll leave you pondering on that then 😉 Toodle-oo

          • KJM
          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            (I know)

      • KJM

        Damn Loch Ness monster!!!

  • When I first heard of Hooded Menace I sort of bet myself I wasn’t really going to like them when I listened to them.

    Lost the bet and bought Effigies of Evil.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    This is good shit BB. I love their music.

  • BXAXXBXAXX

    Just so you guys know, we have nothing to do at work atm, so I’m trolling the personal ads on local craigslist. Great fun.

    • Leave me a missed connection bb

      • BXAXXBXAXX

        Those are some the best/most pathetic

        • True love knows no boundaries!

          GL

        • YOU: Woman that kinda halfway made eye contact with me at the bus stop
          ME: Charming, handsome, generous, loving, strong, sexy man that knows that this is true love. If you see this, message me back with the kind of cologne I was wearing so I know it was you. (It was Drakkar Noir).

          • BXAXXBXAXX

            Yep, that’s pretty much all of them. Every now and then is one with a female, looking for her plumber or something

          • KJM

            “Come to my house and lay down some pipe!”

            Biootch.

          • Or:
            YOU: look like TAYLOR SWIFT. you possible are her.
            ME:
            Charming, handsome, generous, loving, strong, sexy man that knows that
            this is true love. If you see this, message me back with the kind of
            cologne I was wearing so I know it was you. (It was Drakkar Noir).

            GL

          • THAT REMINDS ME! I found my future wife, y’all. I think we’ll register at Crate & Barrel.
            http://www.lookalike.com/lookalikes/taylor-swift-mr.htm

          • Don’t settle for a 9/10, Joe.

            GL

          • BXAXXBXAXX

            Joe, she does “private parties”

          • maybe she does “private parties for pirates?” ?????

          • BXAXXBXAXX

            No blondes, duh

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            As long as it’s “private” anything, I’m (the) game

          • BXAXXBXAXX

            They’re just called “paaarrrrrrrrties”

          • My wife and I were talking about Navy Seals last night and she asked “Are they like pirates or something?

            DEAD.

            GL

          • BXAXXBXAXX

            I meant to respond to this earlier because I found it so funny. Its still funny.

          • I want to hire her to model the TovH shirts we print.

          • BXAXXBXAXX

            Would buy right now

          • JWG

            Me too…

            …unless you meant the shirt. I’d have to think a little longer about that.

          • PhoenixKing Leonhart

            Darkkar Noir is for wussies.

  • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

    I am listening to this poop right now. I can confirm that this is good poop.

  • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

    Lol @ Language Barriers, Blackie

    • Based Tapir

      Yo, that’s a racist term!

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        But I wasn’t the one using it, Blackie was 😛

        • Based Tapir

          But everyone knows that he’s a racist.

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/02/05/why-war-reporters-cant-stand-the-brian-williams-scandal/

    FLUSH this guy! What a tool. I get beyond pissed off reading this story.

    Thoughts?

    GL

  • Henceforth I’m going to refer to my dick as the ” hooded menace”

  • pïgchop™

    Hey man…Can someone please put a thunderous metal track on this vid?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yja2VmZOfdA

  • Not The Ideal Tapir
    • oh wow, one more band you and i both enjoy!

      • Not The Ideal Tapir

        Indeedilydoo!

    • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

      Now I remember, Åkerfeldt wrote a small obituary for Demis and Edgar both, that’s how I learned.

      • Not The Ideal Tapir

        Zeit is the best TD album.

        • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

          Very good it is. I like stratosfear quite a large amount too,

          • Not The Ideal Tapir

            Poser. It’s a good one, but it’s not Zeit.

  • pïgchop™

    Creeping Death with grr-argh-grr-i’m-a-scary-monster vocals!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW1vJjM_4b8

    • DDubya.

      Greeings, Pigchop. Haven’t seen you around for a while.

  • AWESOME!!!! unconditional love for Hooded Menace. Some of the best Doom metal there is.

    Anyone else feel that the past 3 years have been a golden age for sludge/doom/noise?

    • BAXXX BXAXXBXAXX

      My trve doom/sludge phase was a couple years back, for sure. I still like it but my tastes have grown a little . . . blacker since.

  • When I grown up I want to be a better interviewer, like mr. Blackbeard <3

    • BXAXXBXAXX

      Too kind, Sir Leonhart

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    Hey there Toilet! I’ve been lurking in the sewage for long enough. Thanks for the great music: I’ve discovered many a great artist from here.