Set in motion in Rome, in 1999, Hour Of Penance travelled a long way to find itself standing strong as one of the most intense, talented and striking death metal acts to emerge from Italy. At the same time, their eighth installment "Misotheism" cloaks the same verve and mindful perfection, that led to the band's uprising in the first place. "Like we did with our past records, we’ve started working on this one with the same passion and focus as if we were about to record our very first album", says the group. "We’ve never took anything for granted, not only by keeping in mind the standards our fans are expecting, but also pushing ourselves to try perfecting our sound". Their excitement for death metal didn't wash out their careful attitude towards tying up all loose ends, either: "We never thought that we would have come this far with our career, and while we didn’t feel any pressure writing this record, we definitely put some extra care this time. In fact, the album was recorded in three different studios and handled by three different sound engineers".
What we receive in the end is far better than what some may have been craving for: "Misotheism" is a pitch-black and delightfully brutal death metal soundtrack to a collapsing universe. "It pushed Hour of Penance to a new level of creativity. We’re confident that you will enjoy the new album as much as we do", adds the band.
"Misotheism" was worked on in three different locations. Drums were tracked at Bloom Recording Studio (Italy), where the band "took advantage of the huge recording rooms and endless choice of microphones". On the other end, we have the Kick Recording Studio (Italy), where guitars, bass and vocals were recorded with Marco Mastrobuono, who also worked on "Regicide" (2014) and the last album, "Cast the First Stone" (2017). Finally, the band drove all the way to Poland, where the album was mixed and mastered at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated). As the band reports: "Working with the Wiesławscy brothers was like putting the icing on the cake and thanks to their mastery we managed to achieve the perfect sound without making any compromises".
The cover for the album was handled by a Hungarian artist, Gyula Havancsàk (Accept, Annihilator, Destruction, Ensiferum). "He perfectly captured the overall feel of the album", comments the band.
Depravity certainly do not reinvent the wheel, but they manage to invoke memories of the early Brutal Death Metal days in me. Taking a sip of this concoction I can taste traces of Sinister's Diabolical Summoning and Retribution by Malevolent Creation. Garnished with a killer production and an eerie resemblance to the Syncretism cover art of the Sinister album released a year earlier. Mohemian
This album intrigued me when it first released and I've come to the point that this might be one of my favorite death metal album of all time. The first song sucks you in with the fairly conventional song length and structure. Then as the album progresses it really shows you its true potential. If you are thinking about buying this album get a physical release. Staring at the spiral before listening enhances everything. mar12
Absolutely fantastic album, I had to order the vinyl 3 songs into my first listen through. A masterpiece of a perfect combination of technical prowess, grimey and massive sound, epic thundering riffs, and some sexiness thrown in there. Anything you'd want in an extreme album is here and more! domtest293