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Review: Hour of Penance - Paradogma
Hour of Penance

Label: Unique Leader
Year released: 2010
Duration: 37:36
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: April 22, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 3.91/5 (78.18%) (11 Votes)

Essentially the equivalent of Fleshgod Apocalypse's older, gnarled and twisted brother, Hour of Penance are one of the Italian death metal scene's finest exports. This is fast, furious and face-ripping beyond belief brutal death metal that will leave you gasping for breath by the time its steam rolled over your soul.

Drawing comparisons to Fleshgod... (again, I know but they're damn similar) Hour of Penance tone it down on the technicality but gloss things up with some great grooves and some genuinely good riffs. A perfect example of this is in "The Woeful Eucharisty" around 2.34 seconds into the track, they unleash one of the dirtiest riffs I've heard drawing to mind Morbid Angel at their finest slow and sludge-ridden moments, this section of the song begs you to pull your meanest face and flail around to the groove. Throughout the duration of Paradogma the band twist between the aforementioned fast and furious parts and the slower grooves over a back drop of superb double pedal work.

Not a lot needs to be said about this release, it's some of the finest straight up brutal death metal from 2010. Honestly, take one look at that album cover and trust me, this album sounds like the image depicted. The perfect accompanying album to Fleshgod Apocalypse's Oracles, for a lesson in ass-kicking by two of the finest death metal acts to come out of Italy. Seriously awesome music and highly recommended to all fans of the genre.

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