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Hooded Priest : The Hour Be None

Hooded Priest don't reinvent the wheel, but they do present utterly convincing classic Trad Doom.

Hooded Priest from the Netherlands play that sort of 'love it or loathe it' Trad Doom peddled by the likes of Black Magician, Serpent Venom, and Witch Sorrow. Hammy vocal theatricalities stand tall over riffs straight from the 'let's play music to scare people' blueprint set down by Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill all those years ago. To be honest, as soon as the CD got going my initial reaction was along the lines of ok, another one of those bands. OK, lets see what they've got. I wasn't hopeful. Truth is though, it's not half bad.

It's all here. The single note diabolus in musica, the up-tempo NWOBHM bits, and the mid-paced, palm-muted strut favoured by all comers since Priest first (ahem) delivered the goods. Struggling as I am to go beyond the usual lines of... they're not exactly reinventing the wheel but it's very good nonetheless... Hooded Priest do at least keep the entertainment levels up and prevented my fingers from reaching petulantly for the eject button. How they achieved this is by simply being true to the genre they serve, and by extension, to themselves. You can usually spot the Doom bandwagon jumpers. Hooded Priest do not sound like one of them. They do sound utterly convincing in what they do.

It's simple really, if you like Trad Doom, chances are you'll like Hooded Priest. Downsides to this particular release might be the slightly tinny production and the vocals do occasionally over-egg the dramatic pudding but other than that it's a perfectly decent listen. That last negative of course, within the genre it serves, is generally regarded as a positive and if the overly enthusiastic and eccentric performances of the likes of Abysmal Grief and Cathedral are your thing and you also don't want too much bass in your mix, then strap in and enjoy the ride. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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Reviewer's rating: 7/10


Tracklist :
1. Dolen - Exiting The Real
2. Call For The Hearse
3. These Skies Must Break
4. Herod Again
5. Locust Reaper
6. Mother Of Plagues

Duration : Appprox. 46 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-12-25 by Matt Halsey
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