This Is Hell
Weight of the World


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
June 29th, 2010 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


There really is no question as to how This Is Hell got to be one of the most popular bands in modern hardcore; since releasing their debut demo This Is Hell in 2004, the band has toured relentlessly, easily performing up to and over 200 shows a year. Touring with bands both mainstream and of the underground nature, the exposure for the band has been at a maximum, which put on top of the fact they are known for the excellent, high energy live shows, has made the group absolutely unstoppable. Freshly signed to Rise Records (the band split from old label Trustkill earlier this year), the bands newest album Weight of the World is just the next hard hitting album from one of the world’s most consistent bands.

Weight of the World sees a stark maturation in the sound of This Is Hell; long ago are the days in which this band solely performed scrappy hardcore in the clubs of New York. Opening song “No One Leave Unscathed” is the perfect example of the band’s evolution; the beginning of the song is very much influenced by 80’s crossover, bringing the band to a sound much closer akin to that of Suicidal Tendencies than to Hatebreed. “Eagle Of Justice” surprisingly introduces atmospheric orchestration into the mix, which added with the soft, melodic clean picked guitar and split guitar harmonies seems for a better fit in symphonic metal then it would in a hardcore album; yet it this dynamism that keeps This Is Hell relevant in world flooded by mediocre hardcore bands.

Of course if you came looking for the brutal hardcore the band has become known for, then you won’t be disappointed; whether it be reckless d-beat drumming and quick, thrashing guitars (“Out Come The Bastards”) or the genres patented gang style vocals (“Forever Discontent”), there is still plenty of the old This Is Hell left to go around. Angry as ever, vocalist Travis Reilly’s high pitched hardcore bark could not be a better match for the raging chaos his band-mates surround him with throughout the record. Sole guitarist Rick Jimenez also does a standout job on Weight of the World; whether it be blindingly fast power chord sections or even some well played shred guitar (“The Death Of World Class” in particular has an awesome solo!) the man obviously knows his way around the guitar.

Once again This Is Hell has produced another quality hardcore album. It’s obvious the years of constant touring have fine tuned this four piece machine to its most productive, with Weight of the World standing as a glaring testament to the band’s progression, consistency and talent.



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TheSpirit
June 29th 2010


18002 Comments


I really liked This Life Is Genocide's review and no disrespect to him, but I had to do this as write-up for another site and decided to just throw it on here as well. Considering I'm not a hardcore afficiendo I think I was probably more impressed with this album then someone who is more familiar with the genre, but I urge you guys to check it out regardless.

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AggravatedYeti
June 29th 2010


7685 Comments


nice review dude.
album sounds interesting.

accompliceofmydeath
June 29th 2010


4302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wouldn't call this band brutal by any means :S. I still have yet to check this album out as their other stuff is kinda "meh" to me. However, the fact that they're pulling some more crossover/thrash elements intrigues me. Nice review.

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Relinquished
June 29th 2010


25876 Comments


since releasing their debut demoThis Is Hell in 2004

need to space those two words. great review, dude, but I would tend to agree more on dante's point of view on the album.

TheSpirit
June 29th 2010


18002 Comments


Oh shit nice catch. And yeah I feel like more people will probably be agreeing with dante more then myself

ConsiderPhlebas
June 29th 2010


6157 Comments


I never liked their other stuff - always thought it sounded like a poor man's American Nightmare. Seen this get a lot of positive attention, though, even in the mainstream press. Think I'll pick it up.



Good review, man.

cvlts
June 29th 2010


8984 Comments


great review dude and its all good. in all honesty there's nothing particulary bad about this album, but then again there's nothing particularly awesome about this album as well.
it's fun and that's it.

(oh, and if you think this is awesome you should definately check out some Reign Supreme or even This is Hells 'Warbirds' EP)

TheSpirit
June 29th 2010


18002 Comments


Thanks guys. I've always heard good things about Reign Supreme, I'll definitely go check them out.

Apollo
June 29th 2010


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this sounds vastly interesting so I will be checking it out tonight

Apollo
June 29th 2010


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

and oh and great review as always Spirit, pos'd

Spec
June 29th 2010


27298 Comments


Can't get into this album. Good review though.

TheSpirit
June 29th 2010


18002 Comments


Thanks guys, appreciated

buckfutter2
June 30th 2010


91 Comments


Good review as usual Spirit, although I found this album a bit generic, just like all of their earlier releases.


TheSpirit reviewing hardcore? Is it 2012 already?

TheSpirit
July 1st 2010


18002 Comments


Haha right? I know it's weird. Whats up buck, haven't seen you around as of late.

buckfutter
July 1st 2010


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Been real busy dude. Gotta make some money.

If you want some of the best hardcore out there right now ignore this and go find Dangers-Anger

You'll want to suck my cock later



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