September 11, 2017

HOODED MENACE guitarist Lasse Pyykkö has issued the following statement about the band’s latest line-up changes: "While Markus has left the band earlier to focus on SADISTIK FOREST, we unfortunately have to let you know that or long-time drummer Pekka has also decided to leave. Our decision to relocate our headquarters (read: rehearsal place) from Joensuu to Helsinki has made it impossible for him to continue with us for private as well as professional reasons. We respect his decision and wish Pekka nothing but the best in his future. You can hear his last performance with us on our forthcoming new album. Massive thanks for all these years in HOODED MENACE, Pekka! On happier news, we are delighted to announce our new members. Otso of KRYPTS fame will be the new sticksman for HOODED MENACE. Furthermore, DEVENIAL VERDICT and CHURCH OF THE DEAD bassist Antti will pluck the heavy strings for us. You can catch our new line-up live in action at the North of the Wall Festival in Glasgow, Scotland in April 2018 – if not before." The new HOODED MENACE album will be mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano (SÓLSTAFIR, CATHEDRAL, GHOST) and its release is planned for early next year via Season Of Mist. More about HOODED MENACE at

Polish Death Metallers RITES OF DAATH will release their debut EP "Hexing Graves" through Godz Ov War Productions on October 13, 2017. A first track entitled ‘Bitter Entrails Of The Earth’ is already available here. All further info at

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