PENANCE - ALPHA & OMEGA - MARTYR
It has perpetually been this writers belief that Black Sabbath is an over-rated band - that is until Dio joined . Still they did a fabulous job of copying Zeppelin's Dazed And Confused and influencing good bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeternus. Penance, America's answer to all things Sabbathy and doomy, is back via new label Martyr and with Alpha & Omega proves its commitment to a sound overtly influenced by the Sabs. What the band lacks in originality though, is compensated by its perseverance, honest statement and the sheer fact that Penance has delivered its doom routinely since the late eighties. The cowboy hat, short hair and strong Sabbath, Vitus et al influences may be forgiven. In actual fact, Penance should relieve the perennial geezers of their annual come-back t$o$u$r and unneeded new albums. Penance sure has the sound and practically does it better anyway. This CD also features the songs from the independent MCD of 2000 entitled Turn For The Worse.