Italian death metal horde HOUR OF PENANCE have announced the addition of drummer James Payne (Hiss From The Moat, Broken Heart Collage) to their lineup. Guitarist Giulio Moschini had the following to say: “Please welcome our new drummer James Payne. I’ve known him for quite a long time and he’s a very talented drummer. We’re proud to have him on board! James will be playing with us starting at Hellfest this weekend, and all of our dates on the Extreme fests here in Europe.”
Payne is currently endorsed By Tama, Vic Firth, and Zildijan and hosts his own YouTube show in which he has interviewed several drummers including Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal, Nile), Inferno (Behemoth), Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse) and more. Payne commented, “I started my drumming career as a death metal drummer, but over the years I ended up playing several different styles. While I still enjoy playing those styles, death metal has always remained in my heart and now it’s time to bring it back! I am honored to be playing with a great band such as HOUR OF PENANCE!”
To check out a preview of Payne’s intense blasting, you can head over to Sickdrummer.Com to watch an exclusive video of him playing the track “Enlightened Submission” off of the band’s latest album Sedition HERE.
HOUR OF PENANCE also have some exciting news to share: “We’re proud to announce that we’ve recently signed a endorsement deal with the mighty Seymour Duncan pickups! All the guitars and basses we abuse will be equipped with the newest Seymour Duncan Blackouts active pickups for a more intense sonic attack.” In addition, guitarist Paolo Pieri also announced his newest endorsement with Strictly 7 Guitars. “It’s an honor to be part of the Strictly 7 Guitars artist team,” he says. “The gear they deliver is absolutely awesome! We’re working together on a customized 7-string beast; stay tuned.”
HOUR OF PENANCE’s debut Prosthetic release Sedition proved that the band was a force to be reckoned with. In support of the album — which Outburn labeled an “explosive brand of complex brutality” and Metal Hammer praised for its “epic, portentous atmosphere” — the band took on their first assault of North America alongside Nile, Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder. After returning back home, the band is preparing to storm the upcoming Hellfest, as well as appear on several dates of Extreme fest. Full dates are listed below.
HOUR OF PENANCE Tour Dates:
6/17/2012 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France
7/05/2012 Extremefest – Henndorf Bei Salzburg, Austria
7/06/2012 Extremefest – Hunxe, Germany
7/07/2012 Z7 @ Extremefest – Pratteln, Switzerland
9/15/2012 Lyss, Switzerland – Carnage Feast 2012