Hooded Eagle are a band from South Carolina that plays a blackened mixture of doom and sludge metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Nightscapes From The Abyssal Plane" which was released by Swamp Metal Records.
A very distorted and melodic sound starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful and a few seconds later the music goes into more of a slow doom/sludge metal direction along with some screams that have a black metal tinge to them and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
When solos and leads are utilized they are dark and melodic sounding and they also give the music more of an atmospheric and post black metal touch and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard and death metal growls can also be heard at times while some of the slower riffing adds in touches of funeral doom.
Clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and they also bring in a track that is all instrumental and some songs also bring in a great mixture of both slow and fast parts a the album progresses almost bringing in a Cascadian style of black metal and some riffs also bring in a touch of crust punk.
Hooded Eagle plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in sludge and doom metal while also adding in influences of atmospheric and post black metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are a concept based upon a man's journey into madness.
In my opinion Hooded Eagle are a very great sounding mixture of black, doom and sludge metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "I Have Dreams" "The Path Of Eternal Sorrow" and "The Sleeper Will Wake And the World Will bleed". 8 out of 10.