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This Is Hell

This Is Hell: Weight of the WorldWeight of the World (2010)
Rise Records

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Of all the musical genres prone to stagnation, the classic fusion of hardcore and metal is perhaps the most widespread. No matter how heavy the breakdowns, how fast the drums or how passionate the live show, so few such bands seem to really stick in one's mind, let alone produce a 12" record worth l.
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Of all the musical genres prone to stagnation, the classic fusion of hardcore and metal is perhaps the most widespread. No matter how heavy the breakdowns, how fast the drums or how passionate the live show, so few such bands seem to really stick in one's mind, let alone produce a 12" record worth listening to all the way through.

Thank goodness that, despite a wait and what I felt was an overly dense second record, 2008's Misfortunes, This Is Hell have produced perhaps the best heavy album of the year in Weight of the World. What makes this so enjoyable, as I may have hinted, is its diversity and variety throughout--no elements have a chance to get boring, be they the sombre strings of "Eagle of Justice," the shout-along breakdown at the end of "Shadows" or the beat-driven thrash in "Death of World Class." Also of note are the band's newfound love for guitar solos, which fortunately never outstay their welcome. This is a trait apparently here to stay, as it was prevalent on last year's Warbirds EP (from which Weight of the World lifts both "The Search" and "Worship Syndrome").

These guys have been touring like crazy since they formed, and aside from record label troubles, have clearly put everything they have, creatively and emotionally, into this record. However, where some bands overstretch themselves in trying to do too much, This Is Hell hold their collection of songs together with Travis Reilly's trademark desperate yell, and the rest of the band's tight and heavy-but-not-too-heavy sound. Lineup changes since Misfortunes have resulted in the group becoming a four-piece, freeing up founding guitarist Rick Jimenez and creating an altogether leaner, more aggressive approach. While akin to their self-titled EP and Sundowning album, Weight of the World fuses this frantic American Nightmare-esque approach with more metal influences like Anthrax, Warzone and the mighty Cro-Mags.

Hopefully, this third effort is the one to finally push This Is Hell to the top of the hardcore heap--where they belong.

 

 
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markie (December 12, 2010)

What does "tossed" mean?

romanjsmith (July 28, 2010)

whos the geezer on the cover

Pelko (June 15, 2010)

Loved Sundowning back in the days, didn't care that much about the second full length. I'll have to give this one a listen someday. Cool cover tho!

punker001 (June 15, 2010)

I love this is hell and really dig this album but i have to disagree about the solo's. They're too cheesy if you ask me. Great band tho.

bytheslice (June 14, 2010)

I love this band to pieces and own everything they've put out except the new album. I'll get that when I get paid. Their last e.p. "Warbirds" was real good. Can't wait to get the new one.

skolarx (June 14, 2010)

these guys have always been one of those bands that i never want to miss live but i can't get into their albums

LeightonESmith (June 13, 2010)

I never expected to see these guys in Australia but thanks to Soundwave 2010. (faith no more were awesome live also)
Hope this album is sick.

NewKid (June 13, 2010)

Great record. I could never make it all the way through Misfortunes. It was always such a daunting listen. I do not have that problem with this record. The guitar solo's are great.

overdefined (June 12, 2010)

I agree with Raveneffect. I always want to like them more than I do. They're a good band that works extremely hard, but they never quite grab me.

raveneffect (June 12, 2010)

I'm not sure what is it about these guys, but something always fell short whenever I gave their stuff a listen and I tried really hard to get into this band. Hopefully this is the album that can do it.

mikeinflames (June 11, 2010)

awesome album.

Nyblowhards (June 11, 2010)

i ownly listen to this type of shit when im tossed

right now im not

chinatown was funnier in 2003

XchinatownX (June 11, 2010)

Against Me! Tom Gabel Scott Heisel Fuck Face 1 star

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