• Record Label: V2
  • Release Date: May 4, 2004

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The opening half of 'Penance...' alone blows every so-called rock act polluting our airwaves clean away, such is the savage malevolence that resonates within every single syllable that spouts from Joe Cardamone's mouthful of poison.
  2. Spin
    The Jane's Addiction album Jane's Addiction should have made last year. [Jun 2004, p.108]
  3. Mojo
    Their debut, Mono, gave voice to little beyond their frustration, and the distance between that impressively venomous fit of black-hearted flailing and Penance Soiree's stereopathic, multiphonic attack is similar to that between Nirvana's Bleach and Nevermind. [May 2004, p.94]
  4. As serious as things get on Penance Soiree (and the choppy "Spit On" gets pretty serious), there's the happily nagging notion that Icarus Line just want to entertain, and that they're damn good at it.
  5. While everyone else tries to steal from the greats, The Icarus Line have done an impressive job at continuing the great traditions in rock music.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Avant-rock fiends should rejoice. [7 May 2004, p.84]
  7. Alternative Press
    Full of the most intense guitar rock to come out of L.A. since Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking. [Jun 2004, p.104]
  8. Searing white light and scrappy vocals are replaced by the druggy stomping and weighty grooves of '70s cosmic metal, yet the band's alluringly youthful braggadocio remains.
  9. Q Magazine
    Someone still plays the Devil's music. [Jun 2004, p.98]
  10. Filter
    It hurts, but like another ferocious beast said, it hurts so good. [#10, p.94]
  11. By simply playing by the rock 'n' roll rulebook-- whose article 17, section 4 strictly dictates that ego, excess and publicity stunts are to take complete precedence over, you know, songs-- Penance Soiree is one of the better straight-up records you're bound to hear from the genre all year.
  12. Penance Soiree is everything dirty and vile about rock music.
  13. Under The Radar
    Too boozy and nihilistic to be punk music in the community-building sense of the word. [#7]
  14. The band refuses to stick to simple, repetitive rhythms; the guitars regularly squeal with feedback, humming with distortion as they lay down thick 'n' meaty power chords.
  15. The band is more than mere axe-bludgeoners. They've got original ideas that show a willingness to experiment with music beyond speaker-hiccuping thrash; some ideas pan out, others, not so much.
  16. If the original and inspiring Icarus Line take on itself had been continued from the beginning or, better yet, the record had been shortened, we’d have a masterpiece on our hands. As it is, a much better outing than Mono and a brilliant song in “Getting Bright at Night”.
  17. Memorable tunes seldom emerge from the murk.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. JebusLizzurd
    Feb 28, 2005
    OK here's to the fuckin Icky Line, the ONLY real fucking rock n roll band left out there. this album is all kinds of nasty, and if youre OK here's to the fuckin Icky Line, the ONLY real fucking rock n roll band left out there. this album is all kinds of nasty, and if youre not a pussy you'll enjoy every minute of it. it may make you want to do coke off of some hot bitches tits and slay a bunch of tang. this album is even respectable in the sense that its blatently obvious that they arent trying to appeal to anyone. it's not straightforward skull fucking like their first realease, Mono, but its equally if not more intense. they CHALLENGE everyone who listens, which is something thats hard to find in modern shitcock called "music" in conclusion the icarus line are the best band out there right now for the simple fact that they are REAL. end of story. Full Review »
  2. GöstaJ
    Jan 12, 2005
    Indeed one of the best albums of 2004!
  3. RobertA
    Jun 23, 2004
    this is some great music open your ears and listen. rob