About the Artist
Fusing rock, doom, and metal, Pittsburgh's PENANCE have, over the course of their 10+ year career, become one of the most revered acts within the scene that spawned TROUBLE, THE OBSESSED, SLEEP and a myriad of 70's influenced hard rock bands. Starting with their "Living Truth" demo released in 1990, PENANCE quickly gained the respect of such bands as CATHEDRAL, which led to drummer Mike Smail playing on CATHEDRAL's "Forest of Equilibrium" debut. After a European tour alongside CATHEDRAL and SLEEP, PENANCE released their debut CD "The Road Less Traveled" on CATHEDRAL frontman Lee Dorrian's Rise Above Records in 1992. This garnered enough interest worldwide to pave the way for a deal with Century Media, who released PENANCE's sophomore disc "Parallel Corners" in 1994. "Parallel Corners" was praised by Martin Popoff in "The Guide to Heavy Metal" as one of the five top "post-Sabbath" albums ever released. After several lineup changes front man Brian "Butch" Balich join! ed PENANCE in 1997, and PENANCE continued to perform live as well as release the "Bridges to Burn" demo in 1998 and the self-released "Proving Ground" CD in 1999. In 2000 PENANCE joined forces with Matt Tuite (ex-WICKERMAN, MUSTACHE) and Mary Bielich (ex-MYTHIC, NOVEMBER'S DOOM, EM SINFONIA) leading to the strongest PENANCE lineup to date. Since then PENANCE has played live alongside Spirit Caravan, Warhorse and Raging Slab, to name a select few. Their Martyr Music Group debut, ?alpha and omega? showcases a band of diverse influences and extraordinary talent, whose output spans everything from doom to rock to metal; nine tracks which prove that real ROCK never died.