Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Review: Hour Of Penance - Regicide (2014)

Artist: Hour Of Penance
Album: Regicide
Genre: Technical Death Metal

01. Through The Triumphal Arch
02. Reforging The Crowns
03. Desecrated Souls
04. Resurgence of The Empire
05. Spears of Sacred Doom
06. Sealed Into Ecstasy
07. Redeemer Of Atrocity
08. Regicide
09. The Sun Worship
10. The Seas of Light
11. Theogon

When I think of Hour of Penance, I think of speedy riffs and unrelenting drums. Throughout this album, what I really enjoyed was the Gregorian chanting that gave it this “choir-of-hell” feeling. The first half of the album definitely stays true to the Hour of Penance we all came to know through The Vile Conception, Paradogma and Sedition, just absolutely consistent, unrelenting, brutality. The second half starting with Sealed into Ecstasy has some slower parts with some really sick leads, which I truly cherish because it shows the band is refining their sound. Don’t worry, there is still warp speed timing and “Blast-fests” on these songs they are a little sparser. This is when the band truly shines. Hour of Penance really have a great formula going, but I wish they would step outside of it a bit more and take a few more risks.


written by Derek Knapp

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