Relapse Records has announced the signing of Finnish death/doom bringers HOODED MENACE.

HOODED MENACE, which takes influence from CANDLEMASS, CATHEDRAL, PARADISE LOST, ASPHYX, and BLACK SABBATH, previously released two full-length albums as well as split releases with COFFINS, ASPHYX, ILSA, and more. The band played its first U.S. live shows this past spring at Maryland Deathfest (Baltimore), Chaos In Tejas (Austin), and Doom In June (Las Vegas) festivals.

Commented HOODED MENACE guitarist Lasse Pyykko: "We're very excited about signing with Relapse Records! This seems like a logical next step for the band. Of course, we are still going to release seven-inch singles and such with smaller labels, too, because we love doing that. As for the full-length album, now we're going have all the support, promotion, and distribution we could possibly hope at this stage.

"It's pretty amazing to be part of the label with such a long and remarkable history.

"Relapse has released many albums that we are big fans of.

"We are stoked about leaving our heavily and deeply stamped mark to that long, significant list of great music."

HOODED MENACE has confirmed a handful of Finnish tour dates, including an appearances at the Ilosaarirock and Tuska festivals in July. The band will also open for doom legends SAINT VITUS in Helsinki on August 27.


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