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Hour of Penance - Cast the First Stone

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Death metal is more than just music. It transcends such a limited mortal state of mind. Death metal is the aural expression of humanity's darkest side, of devastation, sorrow and the harbingers of mankind's own inhumanity and ultimate destruction. Death metal is not a trend, a fashion parade or a means to an end. It is much more than that. It is a way of life. A life in death. This is the doctrine Italy's Hour of Penance, spewn forth with unrelenting musical ferocity through their sickening, mind-obliterating auditory assault on the senses.

Forged in the dark shadows of "The Holy Capital," this most unholy of quartets have steadily been making a name for themselves as one of the most intense, talented and impressive modern death metal bands both in-studio and onstage. And like clockwork Hour of Penance returns with Cast the First Stone which follows-up 2014's Regicide and serves as album number seven overall.

Paolo Pieri, singer of the band, describes the concept of the new album, "Cast the First Stone revolves around the idea that the injustices suffered during the Crusades and Colonialism cannot justify indefinitely a chain of hate that propagandize the destruction of the West. I believe that the political situation in recent years has brought to light again a millennial conflict between West and East, and events like the terrorist attack at the Bataclan, where we only played a few months before the massacre, have influenced the lyrics on this record very much."

Giulio Moschini, lead guitar and songwriter, adds, "Sonically speaking , this is the best sounding album we've ever recorded, we really worked hard on this ,listening the album countless times before finally delivering the masters to Prosthetic Records..it was definitely worth the wait and we're 100% satisfied by the great work our bass player Marco Mastrobuono has done behind the mixing desk. We've literally spent weeks trying different micing-techniques, hardware, preamps - trying to avoid plugins technologies as much as we could. We wanted our album to sound more dynamic and I think that we've achieved that 100%. "

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