This Is Hell
Weight of the World


2.5
average

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
June 10th, 2010 | 15 replies | 5,121 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Consistently consistent.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

For nearly six years Long Island band, This Is Hell, have been a staple to the modern hardcore genre; consistently releasing acceptable and above par albums and EPs since their inception in 04. In a way, the best way to describe This Is Hells entire musical career would be: consistently consistent. Never changing too much, not taking risks and staying content with their fiery brand of hardcore, This Is Hell have released their third full length album under their new label Rise Records (I know, right?), the fairly clichéd album named Weight of the World.

Right from the get-of of Weight of the World we are treated to basic in your face modern hardcore punk songs. Alternate d-beat inspired drumming and infectiously catchy riffs, filled to the brim with break stop-and-go’s and your cliché gang shouts make up the entirely of this album with little to no variation throughout the album. While this might be a recipe for disaster for most readers, fear not, for it is actually those parts of the album that make Weight of the World a fun album to listen to. In a scene that is flooded with auto tuned vocals and carelessly crafted breakdowns, This Is Hell stay true to the basic approach to underground hardcore; no one will fault them for ‘selling out’ which seems to be the popular approach nowadays.

So yeah, This Is Hell may have crafted a fairly average album, but what stops them from becoming stagnant and boring in their third album? Are their any new ideas present in Weight of the World. Well, yes. But not really. For all intents and purposes this album is solely a hardcore/punk album and will be remembered and thus. However, there are dashes of new and exciting directions felt on Weight of the World that help make this album an above average release, if only marginally. The previous release prior to Weight of the World was the Warbirds EP which we see several of those previous songs making its way onto this new album. The thing that made the EP a bit more standout-ish was the bits of crossover thrash felt throughout the songs and covers. It is this reason that Weight of the World becomes more than your average ‘tough guy’ brocore release. Songs like ‘The Search’ and ‘Worship Syndrome’ are reminiscent to thrash bands such as Slayer, Anthrax and crossover thrash band Cro-Mags; if anything, it lets the listener know that This Is Hell could possibly be moving in a new and better direction in future releases. Only time will tell.

In the end, this album will definitely not change ones opinion on the genre in any way. A fun, energetic and catchy hardcore album, Weight of the World will undoubtedly make its way into countless hardcore recommendation lists for those just starting to get into the genre. While the modern hardcore genre is not without teeth, This Is Hells third album fails to create and album that will stand the test of time as it will surely be swept up and ignored as time goes by. But it is hard to find fault in an album that stays so true to the basic rules and ethos’ that is hardcore punk. While there may be a few new ideas sprinkled out throughout the album, This Is Hell may need to start rethinking their approach and assault, but in the meantime we have Weight of the World, an acceptable and fairly above average release to carry us over.



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cvlts
June 10th 2010



8954 Comments


so yeah, album is good.

this review? naaaaah.

buckfutter
June 10th 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Review is pretty good, but I've been spinning this the last two days and my rating is in disagreement. Have a pos, though, my fellow hardcore-listening fan

cvlts
June 10th 2010



8954 Comments


so close to giving this a 2.5 so i prolly agree with you on most parts.

thanx brah!

Phantom
June 10th 2010



8930 Comments


I like(d) their first album but never really followed them after that, probably won't bother with this.

cvlts
June 10th 2010



8954 Comments


naahh

buckfutter
June 10th 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I personally wouldn't. I look at This is Hell like I look at Comeback Kid: a good band to introduce someone to hardcore.

cvlts
June 10th 2010



8954 Comments


prty much.

ugh, comeback kid.

buckfutter
June 10th 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They had some decent songs on "Turn it Around," and I love the title track from their second album. Other than that, blech

accompliceofmydeath
June 10th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So, if I thought the last couple albums were "meh," I shouldn't bother with this, eh?

cvlts
June 10th 2010



8954 Comments


id recommend getting. theres always the chance of you enjoying it.

Ire
June 11th 2010



41749 Comments


Good review.

Captain North
June 16th 2010



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not a bad album at all. My rating is probably overexaggerating a little bit, but I wanted the overall score to be decent.

cvlts
June 16th 2010



8954 Comments


had this album been released about 8 years ago I would've given it that rating.

cvlts
July 6th 2010



8954 Comments


yep, im givin this a 2.5

accompliceofmydeath
August 3rd 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really like the thrash influence on here. The vocals get pretty annoying pretty quick though. Still just "meh" hardcore.



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