Hour Of Penance Announces New Album, Cast the First Stone For 2017


Italian extreme metal masters Hour Of Penance have announced their new album, their seventh, in 2017. Cast the First Stone, will release via Prosthetic Records on January 27, 2017.

The follow-up to 2014’s Regicide, Cast the First Stone was recorded at Kick Recording Studio by bassist Marco Mastrobuono. Artwork for the album, as seen above, was completed by Gyula Havancsak.

Giulio Moschini, lead guitarist and songwriter commented on Cast The First Stone:

“Sonically speaking , this is the best sounding album we’ve ever recorded. We really worked hard on this, listening to 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 Marco has done behind the mixing desk. We’ve literally spent weeks trying different mic techniques, hardware and preamps; all trying to avoid plug-in technologies as much as we could. We wanted our album to sound more dynamic and I think that we’ve achieved that 100%.”

Vocalist Paolo Pieri discussed the concept of the album, revolving around the idea that the injustices suffered during the Crusades and Colonialism do not justify the chain of hate that propagandizes 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. 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. It does not matter who has thrown the first stone, but who first evolved his ideology to seek peace and coexistence instead of war to the bitter end.”

Cast The First Stone track listing:
1.XXI Century Imperial Crusade
2. Cast the First Stone
3. Burning Bright
4. Iron Fist
5. The Chains of Misdeed
6. Horn of Flies
7. Shroud of Ashes
8. Wall of Cohorts
9. Damnatio Memoriae


Houe Of Penance is:
Giulio Moschini – Guitars
Paolo Pieri – Vocals / Guitars
Marco Mastrobuono – Bass
Davide Billia – Drums


Hour of Penance tour dates:
Dec 11 2016: Kyttaro Live – Athens, GR (with Dark Funeral, Carach Angren)
Feb 11 2017: Младински Културен Центар- Skopje, MK
Feb 25 2017: Blastfest – Bergen, NO
Mar 11 2017: Death Metal Supremacy V- Romania
Apr 07 2017: Dark Days of Stockholm -Stockholm, SE
Apr 16 2017: Bristol Deathfest -Bristol, UK