In our last post, DemiGodRaven caught us up on news items from the last few days that I missed, but this item, to which DGR also alerted me, deserves its own special mention.
In the realm of Italian death metal, 2011 was the year of Fleshgod Apocalypse, the year when that band made a huge breakthrough and established themselves as a true force on the international scene. I have a feeling that 2012 will be the year of their fellow Romans in Hour of Penance. Yesterday, HoP announced details about their fifth album.
It will be called Sedition and will be released on March 27 in North America, April 2 in the U.K., and April 6 in mainland Europe via Prosthetic Records. As Fleshgod Apocalypse did with Agony, Hour of Penance will be following the release of Sedition with a North American tour — their first. They will be in fine company on that tour: The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, and Skeletonwitch.
The cover art also made its first appearance. As you can see, it kills. The artist is Gyula Havancsak, a new name to me but one I suspect we’ll be seeing more of in the future.
This last HoP album, Paradogma, was one of my favorites of 2010. Based on what Hour of Penance showed on that album, Sedition should qualify as one of this year’s must-listen releases for death metal fans.
What? You haven’t heard Paradogma? For shame! Here’s a track, which made our list of 2010’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs:
“Apotheosis”[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/10-Apotheosis.mp3|titles=Hour of Penance – Apotheosis]
Prosthetic Records is offering all sorts of nice pre-order bundles for Sedition at this location.
Now, here are those North American tour dates:
3/24 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
3/25 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club
3/26 Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
3/27 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
3/29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
3/30 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
4/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
4/03 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
4/04 San Francisco, CA – Slims
4/05 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
4/06 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
4/07 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
4/09 Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar
4/10 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
4/11 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
4/13 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
4/17 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
4/18 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts
4/19 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
4/20 Worcester, MA – New England Metal & Hardcore Fest @ The Palladium