A seminal part of the Dutch and Flemish doom metal scene for many years, with performances at some of the most renowned doom metal festivals in Europe, Hooded Priest have now embarked on their next sonic adventure. With a revamped line-up and the release of their bleakest album yet – The Hour Be None – these doom metal veterans continue their relentless exploration of the dark, the dismal… the heavy.
All secretly worshipping at the altars of Cathedral, Winter, Count Raven and Reverend Bizarre, a few members of some long-running Dutch and Flemish metal bands decided to join forces in 2006 and create their own unique take on the doom metal genre. After a few weeks, they attracted the attention of vocalist Luther Finlay Veldmark, who joined the band before the year was over. Soon after, Hooded Priest was born.
One of their first achievements as a band was a performance at the acclaimed Dutch Doom Days festival in Rotterdam in 2008. After signing a record deal with Emanes Metal Records in 2009, the band released its debut album Devil Worship Reckoning in 2010. Due to its unconventional mixture of heavy/thrash metal riffing and old-school doom metal, combined with the unmistakable, almost theatrical sound of Veldmark’s vocals, Devil Worship Reckoning received favourable reviews in both national and international press. This all sparked a genuine interest in the band, which resulted in an intensive touring schedule in 2010 and 2011, taking the band to Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Denmark and Ireland and Malta. In 2013, Hooded Priest toured Continental Europe and the United Kingdom with Arkham Witch and Iron Void.