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This Is Hell

This Is Hell: This Is HellThis Is Hell (2005)
State of Mind Recordings

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Scraps and Heart Attacks had a tenure in the Long Island hardcore scene cut all too short. Their sole full-length, 2003's Still Sick, closed with "Don't F With S," a more complex, adventurous track for the band, one that showed amiable potential for them to grow out of their straightforward but soli.
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Scraps and Heart Attacks had a tenure in the Long Island hardcore scene cut all too short. Their sole full-length, 2003's Still Sick, closed with "Don't F With S," a more complex, adventurous track for the band, one that showed amiable potential for them to grow out of their straightforward but solid sound of a shell and into a unique hardcore outfit gleaming with creative splashes, ¡ la the band's similarly defunct, much compared coast-mates, Give Up the Ghost.

This Is Hell is where that evolution continues.

Delivering on the raw promise of the lavishly packaged (for a demo) EP of last year, their self-titled followup here ups the ante and then some. The production is better, the gang vocals more prevalent, breakdowns cleanly integrated without the tough guy mindset, and even the guitar-work more creative. Though further comparisons to GUTG as well as SAHA is to be expected, in addition to tri-state area bros With Honor, the band is truly developing a sound all their own.

"Dead Salutes" is easily the best song the band's recorded yet, with Travis Reilly, the ex-SAHA member here, promising all sorts of violent metaphors ("I'm ripping flesh from bone" / "I'm slashing throats from ear to ear") in an ultra-catchy chorus with interspersed gang shouts of "TONIGHT!" "Heaven Sent, Hell Bound" benefits from its re-recording, as its core aggressiveness stays intact yet the words sung are plenty more distinguishable. "Diamond Lanterns" contains rather sound, abruptly changing guitar tones. It doesn't hurt to have Backup Plan front-man Jeff Tiu on bass and backup vocals here, as his scream plays off the rest of the band wonderfully, especially in the track here as he yells "We're pushing on!"

As if all this isn't enough, Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo makes a guest appearance on the closer, "When Death Closes Your Eyes." Sure, the band's cover of early Equal Vision hardcore metal stalwarts 108 seems fairly inspired and decent on its own, but it's definitely refreshing to hear Palumbo's trademark warble, along with him screaming into a studio microphone for the first time in nearly three years.

This is Hell's self-titled EP proves that they've got the powerful sound to match their rigorous touring schedule. Sure, the band's subject matter (isolation, post-relationship despondence, stuck-cycle living) doesn't exactly make for the most uplifting themes ever, but the execution and delivery of the words as well as the cut-throat musicianship supporting it make for a far above-par 14 minutes of intense and world-weary hardcore punk.

Melancholy was never this enjoyable.

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TIGHT (June 2, 2006)

this is such an awesome album!!

Anonymous (January 4, 2006)

personally like scraps a tad more ,but beastie boys, metallica, and civ covers are all wicked awesome

EMOHOLOCAUST (June 22, 2005)

please don't listen to Goldfinger....

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

i play drums for how we are, we played right before this is hell. that was such a fun show, both another breath and this is hell are so fucking good.

maverick (June 20, 2005)

What band are you in? And I was the tall fat dude taking pictures during Names For Graves' set.

-Scott

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

awesome!

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

scraps and heart attacks sucked.

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

scott, what do you look like? my band played that show in cleveland as well. that's awesome that you went.

Anchors (June 18, 2005)

I'm missing their show tonight in Syracuse, and I'm pissssed.

It was bad enough that SAHA broke up, but then when I get a chance to see these guys, who rule almost equally, I have to miss it.

maverick (June 18, 2005)

I just saw this band tonight in Cleveland,. and they ruled it. Can't wait for a full-length.

-Scott

maverick (June 17, 2005)

Two reviews in a row with mummies on the album cover? Yes!

Mummycore lives!

-Scott

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

anchors, if you can't see them in syracuse on saturday, they're playing in rochester on sunday with a number of other cool bands. you should check it out.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Just saw this band last week and they were real good. I'm sure this is, too.

Conduit (June 17, 2005)

This band, this EP, and their demo are all absoutely fucking amazing. They rule so much live. I can't wait for a full length.

inagreendase (June 17, 2005)

Isnt that the cover for their demo, and not for the EP?

No.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Isnt that the cover for their demo, and not for the EP?

Anyways, THIS IS HELL does fucking own. But I loved SAHA so bloody much, that this was almost a disappointment. I find that THIS IS HELL has too much of that typical tough guy-ish hardcore taste to it, while SAHA was just all around off the wall, spontaneous, and angst-ridden.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

i didn't really dig SAHA live, especially the singer's pacing with one hand held aloft, asking why we weren't getting into it more (the Backup Plan, on the other hand, were good), but i've heard that TIH is good live...anyone want to confirm or disconfirm this?

-notaclevername

Anchors (June 17, 2005)

I should be seeing these guys on Saturday.

If not, I'm going to be pissssed.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

i haven't heard this cd yet, but i'm seeing these dudes tomorrow in Cleveland and I'm fucking pumped.

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