Asphyx / Hooded Menace - split

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011

With only one song each, and clocking in at just over 12 minutes total, there isn’t a lot of material on this 7-inch EP, but when we’re talking about bands like Hooded Menace and the legendary Asphyx, I’ll take anything I can get. Quality over quantity! And it doesn’t get much more quality than this picture disk (also available on black vinyl, but why bother?) with its amazing pair of brand-new dirges. I would have thought it unfair to put almost any band on a split with Asphyx, but Hooded Menace hold their ground at the very least, and the band’s brand of Doom-infused Death Metal is at times as melancholy and sorrowful as it is pulverizingly heavy. The Asphyx track, “We Doom You to Death,” would have fit right in on the band’s most recent album, 2009’s Death… the Brutal Way, and I can’t think of many compliments better than that. If you can still find a copy of this split, it’s worth its weight in gold, and is heavier than radioactive osmium.

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