"Reforging The Crown", the new video from Italian death metallers HOUR OF PENANCE, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Regicide", which was released on May 13 via Prosthetic Records. The CD features cover artwork (seen below) by Gyula Havancsák (ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, GRAVE DIGGER) which, like the album, revolves around the themes of destruction, rebirth and the killing of the king. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Rome's 16th Cellar Studios (FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE), the effort is described by the band as "a bone-crushing feast for old and new fans...more varied and brutal than everything we've done so far."
Regarding the "Reforging The Crown" video, HOUR OF PENANCE drummer James Payne says: "Based on the concept of the album, the video describes the predominance of evil on the church with the priest's nightmare. After various scenes of obvious presence of malice in the house of the preacher of Christ, the nightmare materializes, crowning first and then killing the priest.
"End the millennial regime of those who have stifled freedom. Kill the kings!" HOUR OF PENANCE vocalist/guitarist Paolo Pieri adds: "We're glad to premiere our first official video for the opening track of 'Regicide', inspired by horror B-movies with a touch of anticlericalism. It has been a lot of fun for us to shoot this video, so I hope you will enjoy it as well."
The first CD pressing of "Regicide" is a limited-edition digipak that contains three bonus tracks. Those bonus tracks are also be available via download card to anyone who orders the album on vinyl or cassette, as well as anyone who orders the "deluxe edition" of the album on Bandcamp or other digital providers.
Says Pieri: "'Regicide' revolves around the themes of destruction and rebirth and the killing of the king — be he your own fears, prejudices or dogmas that you build inside yourself to cope with reality. Only by letting go of those illusions and tearing down the walls of ignorance and fear that society, religion and every form of dysfunctional authority you interjected during your life, can you start to rebuild your own path as a free man that has no need for a king."
"Regicide" track listing
01. Through The Triumphal Arch
02. Reforging The Crowns
03. Desecrated Souls
04. Resurgence of The Empire
05. Spears of Sacred Doom
06. Sealed Into Ecstasy
07. Redeemer Of Atrocity
09. The Sun Worship
10. The Seas of Light
01. The Uncorrupted Ones
02. Frail As The Flesh Of Christ
03. Monarch of Heresy
Since releasing 2012's acclaimed "Sedition", which Decibel lauded as a "hyper-blasting, inhuman, machine-like attack," HOUR OF PENANCE has annihilated fans worldwide with its fiery exuberance, playing well over 200 gigs alongside such acts as BEHEMOTH, SKELETONWITCH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER, PSYCROPTIC, MISERY INDEX, DEICIDE, BELPHEGOR and NILE.