Hour of Penance
Regicide


3.5
great

Review

by NoSons USER (20 Reviews)
June 14th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 05/13/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slaughtering everyone on the first listen.

With a cover as artistically haunting as the new album by Hour Of Penance is, I was expecting a catapulting, breakneck metal record. I was not surprised at what I heard at all, but I was increasingly satisfied with every song that passed through the headphones. Regicide is a release meant to be aggressive, and the band made sure to bring everything to the table, sacrifice it, and then regurgitate it with a side of brutality.

First off, I have to give a shout out to the drummer James Payne. His work on this album is unbelievable. Every blastbeat left me awestruck. 'Desecrated Souls' has some technical work laying around the lower ends of the mix. Even with the palm muted guitars, choir vocals and visceral grunts by Paulo Pieri, Payne makes the song ever more chaotic with the never ending assault. I want to ask if he ever gets tired, but I noticed there were still eight more tracks left.

Many of the guitar riffs are striking as well. Hour Of Penance knows how to create odd patterns that are both captivating and intricate at the same time. The riffs that bellow their way through 'Resurgence Of The Empire' maintain variations from the opening theme, freshening up the song as it continues. The lead guitar work is at a mastery. The solos are absolutely shredded out, with the guitarists racing across the fretboard in competition. This two guitar approach means that there will be times in a song where riffs and solos bounce off each other like a game of Pong, except at deadly speeds.

Regicide also features times where the band breaks the instruments down with impressive chugs. 'Redeemer Of Atrocity' has an extended chug riff that keeps the back half of the album fresh. The syncopation between guitars and drums in the song 'The Seas Of Light' keeps the head banging, even if at a more varied time due to the odd time signatures being thrown around and switched by the band at ease. 'Theogony' is the closer, keeping up the pace and devastating every last second of the song with a non stop beatdown.

Regicide is not just a death metal album. Regicide is a ferocious assault on the ears. The record blasts its way through auditory senses with a wall of destruction fronted by four Italian musicians with the darkest side of humanity at their backs. For fans of Behemoth, this is a LP to immediately listen to. Hour Of Penance have not only released a comparable death metal album, but have confronted death metal and brutally pushed through the label of the genre with their massive sound across their new album. Prosthetic Records earns another stellar release for the year.



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TheMoreira
June 14th 2014


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty nice review, pos'd

HenchmanOfSanta
June 14th 2014


1866 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Reads a lot more like a 4 or 4.5.

LordePots
June 14th 2014


6631 Comments


what original artwork wow

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ScuroFantasma
June 14th 2014


1838 Comments


Album art is sweet

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LordePots
June 14th 2014


6631 Comments


i just scoffed so hard my fedora fell off lol fgt

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2014


14364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not as good as Sedition but still pre cool

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Madbutcher3
June 15th 2014


1137 Comments


Good review but yeah reads like a 4 or 4.5

Album was okay, preferred Sedition

ScuroFantasma
June 15th 2014


1838 Comments


Oh yeah, the review was well-written too, pos. Need to list some neagtives though, if you're going to give it only a 3.5.

TheMoreira
June 15th 2014


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still pretty good review.

Agreed, Sedition is actually their best release imo

NoSons
June 16th 2014


83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks for the critiques guys! I am not the best at giving negatives, but I think the reason I did provide this with a lower rating was replay value... it's great while listening but you can forget about it for an amount if time, ya know?

TheMoreira
June 16th 2014


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2014


1878 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty decent death metal album. The vocals remind me of Belphegor at times, but are for me what makes this album worse than it should be. Somehow they just drag the overall quality down a bit. The musicianship is solid and stays that way for most of the album, though a couple of songs fail to continue the pace. Personal highlights for me would be "Resurgence of the Empire" and "Redeemer of Atrocity".

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