Hour of Penance are an Italian Technical Brutal Death Metal
band that formed in 1999. Though it's debated as to who started the Italian brutal death scene, they're regarded as the most influential in the scene, as well as the most well known.
As of 2010, none of the original members are still playing, and as a result, the lineup from the debut album is completely different from the lasted released album, Sedition
. The lyrical themes tend to be widely anti-christian, similar to Behemoth.
- Giulio Moschini (Lead guitars) (2004-Present)
- Paolo Pieri (Vocals, Rhythm guitars) (2010-Present)
- Marco Mastrobuono (Bass) (2013-Present)
- James Payne (Drums) (2012-Present)
Notable Past Members:
- Francisco Paoli (Vocals) (2006-2010) - Their most well-known vocalist, mainly due to how impressive he was at it as well as the fact that he started another particularly famous band.
- Enrico Schettino (Guitars) (1999-2006, 2009) - Left after moving to Norway and formed Hideous Divinity afterwards. Also known for a particularly bad split the second time around and some subsequent bad blood with Giulio.
- Mauro Mercurio (Drums) (1999-2010) - Last remaining original member before he was ejected. Currently plays for Eyeconoclast.
- Disturbance (2003)
- Pageantry for Martyrs (2005)
- The Vile Conception (2008)
- Paradogma (2010)
- Sedition (2012)
- Regicide (2014)
This band contains examples of the following tropes:
- Black Metal: Started to gain prominent blackened death elements around The Vile Conception.
- Brutal Death Metal
- In Name Only: As of 2010, none of the original members are still left, though Giulio has been in the band for most of its lifespan.
- I Am the Band: Although not an original member, Giulio Moschini is technically this after drummer Mauro Mercurio, the last true original member, was thrown out shortly after Paradogma.
- Irony: The last original member getting kicked out.
- Lead Bassist: Mike Viti was a type B.
- Loudness War: A major, major, major offender even by death metal standards, but Sedition is in turn ridiculous even by those standards and is probably one of the most brickwalled metal albums of all time. It's obvious that they were going for a "skull-crushing barrage of noise" feel, but there's that and then there's overdoing it to the point where it could pass for a Whitehouse album.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally a hard 10, non unusually crossing into level 11.
- Motor Mouth: Francesco Paoli loved this.
- New Sound Album: Multiple.
- The Vile Conception featured far faster tempos and more complex arrangements than the older material, as well as more complex lyrics due to the improved vocal abilities and skill with the English language that Paoli possessed.
- Paradogma placed a far greater focus on atmosphere and dialed up the Behemoth and Belphegor influences.
- Sedition was decidedly more stripped down and had a far greater emphasis on speed and brutality.
- Regicide experiments more heavily with melody and has a more heavy emphasis on mid-paced sections.
- One of Us: Mauro plays Street Fighter.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: James certainly qualifies in terms of appearance.
- Religion Rant Song: Their sole lyrical theme.
- Revolving Door Band: Known for their incredibly rapid turnover. At this point, just about everyone in the Italian death metal scene has played for them at one point or another.
- Signature Style: Astoundingly fast, blast-heavy material that employs Middle Eastern scales on a regular basis and eschews flashy leads for simpler, more atmospheric ones.
- Start My Own: Paoli and Fleshgod Apocalypse. He originally intended for it to be a side project, but it gradually began to take up more and more of his time to the point where he had to consider leaving. It was Mauro's ejection that led to his departure as well.
- Enrico Schettino did the same thing with Hideous Divinity, though the split there was far less amicable.
- Averted with James and Hiss from the Moat, however; that band was around long before he joined Hour of Penance. They've just never done very much.
- Technical Death Metal
- The Pete Best: Paoli was this to Mike Viti and Alex Manco
- The Rival: Starting to become this with Hideous Divinity as the latter continues to rise fame-wise, both due to the similarities in sound and the fact that there's some very bad blood between Giulio and Enrico.
- Trash the Set: Mauro was thrown out for getting drunk at a Spanish club that they were playing, destroying a backstage area, and almost causing the band to get arrested.