Italian death metallers Hour of Penance have announced the release of their seventh full-length album and follow-up to 2014’s Regicide. The record will be titled Cast the First Stone and will be released on January 27, 2017, via Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded at Kick Recording Studio by bassist, Marco Mastrobuono, and will feature nine new compositions. Lead guitarist Giulio Moschini commented on the forthcoming effort:
“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 says the album’s concept “revolves 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.”. He elaborates:
“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.”
The album’s track listing can be found below.