Death metal band Hour of Penance have debuted the first music off their forthcoming seventh album, Cast the First Stone; check out the lyric video for debut single "XXI Century Imperial Crusade". Recorded at Kick Recording Studio and engineered, mixed and mastered by bassist Marco Mastrobuono, Cast the First Stone is due out worldwide on January 27, 2017 via Prosthetic Records.
Vocalist Paolo Pieri commented on the album's concept:
"Cast the First Stone revolves around the idea that the injustices suffered during the Crusades and Colonialism cannot justify indefinitely a chain of hate that propagandize the destruction of the West. I believe that the political situation in recent years has brought to light again a millennial conflict between West and East, and 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. In Europe, people have massacred each other for millennia but in the last 60 years, we were able to overcome differences and secular hatred that divided us, while the blind hatred of Islamic extremism is bringing entire geographic areas back to the darkest middle ages.
"We find ourselves once again in front of a war between reason and religion, and unless we take a strong stand in defense of our Western values, we risk falling into chaos because of a weak and coward enemy stubbornly convinced of his senseless laws."
Cast the First Stone Track Listing:
01. XXI Century Imperial Crusade
02. Cast the First Stone
03. Burning Bright
04. Iron Fist
05. The Chains of Misdeed
06. Horn of Flies
07. Shroud of Ashes
08. Wall of Cohorts
09. Damnatio Memoriae