This Is Hell
Misfortunes


3.5
great

Review

by SatelliteYears USER (11 Reviews)
April 18th, 2011 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blistering hardcore punk in the vein of Comeback Kid/Your Demise. Solid.

Straddling the line between hardcore, punk, and metal, Long Island outfit This Is Hell continues to impress on Misfortunes, their 2nd full-length album. And "Misfortunes" is a good name for the album, really. Similar to their debut full-length Sundowning, "Misfortunes" has similar production values akin to Your Demise's Ignorance Never Dies. I say that because the bass is clearly audible and the instruments and vocals all maintain the essential "crunch" that i love to hear in hardcore-oriented music.

Now, this music is nothing groundbreaking. From the moment opener "Reckless" shreds through your speakers, you know Misfortunes is going to be a straight-ahead, no-frills hardcore-punk record. And it's filled with the same gang shouts and occasional sing-along chorus that makes bands like Comeback Kid and Your Demise so popular.

The only real problem with Misfortunes is, as a hardcore-punk record, it never really strays from the norm. However, there is a definite album highlight in song #8, Resuscitate. While it's not much different from most songs on the album, "Resuscitate" has a brief pause right in the middle of the song before the crunchy riffs come in again, along with some really powerful lyrics for a hardcore band.

(Listen, reach out, this is just another plea for aid
Just know that this time all I am hangs in the balance
Resuscitate this life because I've got so much more to say)

^^^Weighty, emotional lines, in my opinion.

They don't do much that's new, but lyrics are a huge plus-being a hardcore band, the lyrics should add something credible to the music, which definitely happens throughout the album.

This Is Hell is a solid band doing big things in the hardcore scene. Reinventing the wheel they're not, but "Misfortunes" can stand up to just about any like-minded band out there (read: Comeback Kid, Your Demise) and this is a great listen for fans of the genre. Also, they're great live.

Standout Tracks: Resuscitate, End Of An Era, In Shambles



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SatelliteYears
April 18th 2011


198 Comments


Short review, but there's not much to say except for the fact the lyrics and riffs get stuck in your head. Enjoy.

cvlts
April 18th 2011


9522 Comments


band is aight. second paragraph is completely unnecessary and the whole '^^^' thing can go. other than that, decent review.

Satellite
April 18th 2011


25863 Comments


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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2011


31493 Comments


this is hell let's keep it a secret

SatelliteYears
April 18th 2011


198 Comments


"band is aight. second paragraph is completely unnecessary and the whole '^^^' thing can go. other than that, decent review."

Ironically enough, that's the last section I put in there -_-


FilupLees
April 18th 2011


344 Comments


This is kind of how I feel about this album, but I hate what they did with the vocals. I'm pretty sure they purposely lowered the quality of the vocals from the first album to this one while not lowering the quality of the instrument recording to seem grittier, or something. That's the reason this album is "meh" and the first one is great.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 18th 2011


7045 Comments


"^^^Weighty, emotional lines, in my opinion."

I would definitely take that line out.
Other than that, nice review. Short, sweet and lucid. Well done.

megalodon
April 18th 2011


108 Comments


Good review. Don't really care for the band though.

SteveOffProbation
February 10th 2017


1445 Comments


gonna try this again tomorrow, see if I like it any more



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