AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Album Review
Hint: Follow a reviewer to be notified when they post reviews.
This Is Hell - Weight of the World Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 8
Production 8.25
Creativity 8.5
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 86%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9.46
Musicianship 9.29
Lyrics 8.75
Production 9.38
Creativity 8.71
Lasting Value 9.54
Reviewer Tilt 9.71
Average: 93%
Inside AP.net
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.

This Is Hell - Weight of the World

Reviewed by: Drew Beringer (06/22/10)
This Is HellWeight of the World
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Record Label: Rise


Hardcore is a genre that can be very stagnant at times, so it’s tough to become relevant. One way to keep your band in constant rotation is to bring something new while refining your sound, and that’s exactly what This Is Hell accomplishes on their third album (and Rise debut), Weight of the World.

In fact, the body count has never been higher as This Is Hell absolutely destroys it. The band wages war early with opening track, “No One Leaves Unscathed.” Blistering guitar riffs from Rick Jimenez set the tone for Travis Reilly’s vicious barking. Just like the previous two albums, Reilly is still an absolute beast on the mic. His intensity never falters during the sinister “The Night The Line Was Crossed,” which features a killer breakdown (it could make spin-kicking cool again).

Littered throughout the album are scorching tracks that each fall under two minutes long. Songs like “Out Come The Bastards” and “The Destroyer” are heavy and quick to the punch. Jimenez’s guitar chords crunch along with Ben Mead’s steady drum work on “Bloodlines,” while This Is Hell bust out some thrash on “Worship Syndrome.” Throughout Weight of the World, This Is Hell try to keep things from getting stale by switching up different paces and putting in new elements. They incorporate some thrash (“Worship Syndrome”) while also introducing some somber tones, as heard in the instrumental “Eagle of Justice” (which leads into the frantic “Death of World Class”).

But the Long Island quartet is at their best when they are throwing out catchy riffs, clean breakdowns, and infectious shout-along vocals. “Shadows” is guilty of this, as the closing sing-shout breakdown will be a fan favorite similar to 2005’s “Permanence.” However, the knockout punch of the album is delivered from closing track, “Snake Eyes,” which may be the best song in TIH’s discography. The nearly five minute track is a blast of aggression as Reilly and Zach Jordan (Bane and Silent Drive fame) trade vocal barbs back and forth, while musically the band has never played better.

While Weight of the World features of lot of the tired and true elements of hardcore, they keep listeners from being bored by adding in some thrash (think American Nightmare meets Anthrax). Not only is This Is Hell stuck with the weight of the world on their shoulders, they now have to deal with the weight that comes along with being one of the best hardcore acts today.

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. No One Leaves Unscathed
2. The Night the Line Was Crossed
3. Out Come The Bastards
4. Bloodlines
5. Eagle of Justice
6. Death of World Class
7. The Search
8. Forever Discontent
9. Shadows
10. Destroyer
11. Worship Syndrome
12. Fall and Rise
13. Snake Eyes

This Is Hell is:
Travis Reilly – vocals
Andrew Jones – bass
Rick Jimenez – guitar
Ben Mead – drums

Official Myspace; Official AP.net Profile; Official Twitter Account

 
Displaying posts 1 - 15 of 51
10:13 AM on 06/22/10
#2
Brandon Allin
Stay Ready
Offline
User Info.
Brandon Allin's Avatar
Great review.

The best hardcore (and maybe that of any genre) record of the year for me.
10:14 AM on 06/22/10
#3
aradiantsunrise
i get what i want
Offline
User Info.
aradiantsunrise's Avatar
Fucking love this album. Good review, Drew.
10:19 AM on 06/22/10
#4
Mr. November
I won't fuck us over.
Offline
User Info.
Mr. November's Avatar
Love this record
10:45 AM on 06/22/10
#5
Cody Nelson
Your mouth to God's south.
Offline
User Info.
Cody Nelson's Avatar
I want to check out this album, but I don't know if I enjoy hardcore. RIYL?
10:47 AM on 06/22/10
#6
thisishell
This is Hell / Travis
Offline
User Info.
thisishell's Avatar
I want to check out this album, but I don't know if I enjoy hardcore. RIYL?
www.myspace.com/thisishell

check out some songs :)
10:48 AM on 06/22/10
#7
therookielot
the shape of punk just came
Offline
User Info.
therookielot's Avatar
I want to check out this album, but I don't know if I enjoy hardcore. RIYL?
good music.

I like this better than Sundowning.
10:49 AM on 06/22/10
#8
Cody Nelson
Your mouth to God's south.
Offline
User Info.
Cody Nelson's Avatar

Will do, man. It's just that, for me, 'hardcore' is a word that literally means nothing to me anymore (as in, I don't think of any certain bands when I hear it). It's the same with 'emo.' They've both been so diluted and sub-divided that when I hear either, I don't know what to think.
10:51 AM on 06/22/10
#9
thisishell
This is Hell / Travis
Offline
User Info.
thisishell's Avatar
Will do, man. It's just that, for me, 'hardcore' is a word that literally means nothing to me anymore (as in, I don't think of any certain bands when I hear it). It's the same with 'emo.' They've both been so diluted and sub-divided that when I hear either, I don't know what to think.
Totally understandable!
10:52 AM on 06/22/10
pnkhrdwndr
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
pnkhrdwndr's Avatar
Having never listened to them before this album blew me away
10:54 AM on 06/22/10
Cody Nelson
Your mouth to God's south.
Offline
User Info.
Cody Nelson's Avatar
Totally understandable!
Holy shit. No One Leaves Unscathed is fucking awesome. Alright, I'm buying this.
10:57 AM on 06/22/10
thisishell
This is Hell / Travis
Offline
User Info.
thisishell's Avatar
Holy shit. No One Leaves Unscathed is fucking awesome. Alright, I'm buying this.
Hahah, I like that you're sold on track one!
10:58 AM on 06/22/10
Cody Nelson
Your mouth to God's south.
Offline
User Info.
Cody Nelson's Avatar
Hahah, I like that you're sold on track one!
Haha! What can I say? The first two tracks are nuts. I'm really digging this, man. Good tunes.
11:01 AM on 06/22/10
aradiantsunrise
i get what i want
Offline
User Info.
aradiantsunrise's Avatar
Haha! What can I say? The first two tracks are nuts. I'm really digging this, man. Good tunes.
Wait until you hear the album closer. It's insane.
11:03 AM on 06/22/10
atrio
It's always on my troubled mind.
Offline
User Info.
atrio's Avatar
"Think American Nightmare meets Anthrax" Spot on! I definitely get the American Nightmare feeling in this band (for whom I love). Awesome album.
Options
More From This Author
Buy the Music

NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Articles
CONNECT
Submit News
Forums
Contests
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
HIDDEN TREASURES
AbsolutePunk Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Recommendations
INFORMATION
Advertising
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
PropertyOfZack
PunkNews.org
UnderTheGun
Chorus.fm