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|4.5 superb||Erebus666 | March 29th 10|
Just shy of perfection. Hour of Penance mature their sound and songwriting and the result is one of the most impressive death metal albums I've heard in recent memory.
With this album Hour of Penance have found a sound of their own. Much more dynamics in terms of structure and songwriting than their previous works. Plenty of groovy sections you can slam your head to. While there are VERY SLIGHT references to other bands (Behemoth, Nile).... what DM band doesn't sound at least slightly like another?
While the other fellow here mentions they barely miss the upper echelon, I find the complete opposite. Not only do they match the upper echelon but they smash it to pieces. If they weren't already... Hour of Penance are now one of the top bands in their sub-genre. This album easily competes with Behemoth's Evangelion, and to my ears, is superior.
Between this, Lost Soul's "Immerse In Infinity" and Fleshgod Apocalypse's "Oracles" (and upcoming Mafia EP), I'd say fans of the genre have plenty to look forward to!
Easily one of the best albums this year and I have a feeling it will make a lot of year-end lists.
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|4.0 excellent||Anthracks | March 28th 10|
Hour of Penance sacrifice a tithe of uniqueness for a tithe of atmosphere akin to bands like Behemoth and Nile (to whom their sound didn't completely differ from in the first place). With Paradogma, they continue to release material of the same quality calibre they have been known for: really great death metal that just barely misses the upper echelon. If you like what the band has released in the past it's pretty much guaranteed that you'll enjoy this. Plus, HoP is just about the only death metal band where the vocals are the highlight.
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|4.0 excellent||InHumanForm | April 1st 10|
Vocals = great.
Riffs = great.
Drums = great.
-The similarity with Nile and Behemoth though, is not so great. The Vile Conception is better than this, it had its own identity.
Popcorn snare ftw.
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|0.0 ||couch | March 30th 10|
this feels a little too overproduced for my tastes. it's still a great album by far, but i'm not too sure i can agree with the vocals being the highlight.
|4.5 superb||SXsize | July 26th 15|
|4.0 excellent||Bob | December 7th 14|
|3.5 great||Laymi | September 1st 14|
|3.5 great||Fujay | April 20th 14|
|2.5 average||Bug | February 12th 14|
|4.5 superb||UnitK2K | November 23rd 13|
|4.0 excellent||Hati | July 17th 13|
|4.0 excellent||groov | April 9th 13|
|3.0 good||Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR | March 16th 13|
|3.0 good||cotras | February 2nd 13|
|4.0 excellent||Kyle | January 10th 13|
|4.5 superb||Defcol | December 10th 12|
|4.0 excellent||vdop | September 21st 12|
|3.0 good||John | July 30th 12|
|3.5 great||Dimor | April 17th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Thomas | April 5th 12|
|4.5 superb||Shuyin | March 1st 12|
|4.0 excellent||Pim K | February 25th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Mowgli | February 18th 12|
|4.0 excellent||TPAKTOP | January 31st 12|
|4.5 superb||Shiduba | January 28th 12|
|4.0 excellent||srm90 | October 18th 11|
|4.0 excellent||YUJOS | September 9th 11|
|4.0 excellent||moetheG | August 2nd 11|
|4.5 superb||eeule | July 18th 11|
|4.0 excellent||lak89 | February 16th 11|
|3.5 great||ApegA | October 31st 10|
|3.5 great||Warpt | October 18th 10|
|3.5 great||pride | September 20th 10|
|3.0 good||Squib | August 6th 10|
|3.5 great||Shaad | August 2nd 10|
|2.5 average||lobby | May 31st 10|
|3.5 great||met65 | May 27th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Tuomas | May 16th 10|
|2.5 average||advate | May 14th 10|
|4.0 excellent||rid | May 6th 10|
|4.0 excellent||ajjekko | April 15th 10|
|3.5 great||GhostK | April 9th 10|
|4.5 superb||ryan | April 5th 10|
|4.0 excellent||kaleb | April 4th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Irad | March 31st 10|
|4.0 excellent||Adam | March 30th 10|
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