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This Is Hell release surprise album ‘Bastards Still Remain’

This Is Hell have been rather quiet over the last few years, but that’s all about to change. The band have dropped a new album, completely out of the blue. Titled Bastards Still Remain, the album was recorded, mixed and mastered in a single day by Brett Romnes and features original This Is Hell drummer Dan Bourke behind the kit.

You can stream the album below.

This Is Hell last released The Enforcer in February 2013 on I Surrender Records.



This Is Hell release video for “The Enforcer”

Long Island hardcore act This Is Hell have released a video for the song “The Enforcer,” which you can check out below. The video highlights the band’s experience at this year’s Soundwave Festival.

The song comes off of the EP of the same name, which was released back in February on I Surrender Records.



Album Review: This is Hell – “The Enforcer”

I can’t tell if the latest EP from This is Hell is supposed to be a joke, but it isn’t funny. I’ve observed this band plummet over the years, travelling from creative and inspiring down to painfully mediocre, but I think this release hits rock bottom.

But before I talk about the EP I want to talk about the band.

This band only has two original members left; the singer Travis Reilly, and the guitar player Rick Jimenez. From every interview I’ve seen of TIH, including their ‘how to stay buff while on the road’ training video, it is evident that Jimenez calls the shots. The last time I saw them live, their bass player and drummer looked awkwardly out of place while Jimenez rocked a sleeveless TIH t-shirt and looked completely self-absorbed while playing his guitar. This may seem beside the point, but it’s not. If one understands how to arrange music, the hardest thing to deal with is the input of the other band members. The fact that TIH has over eight former members suggests to me, that this band does not function at the heroic level in which they claim. The collaborative process unique to making music is lost on TIH, and nothing exhibits this more than the release of “The Enforcer”.

This four song EP is homage to thrash metal. Concluding with a cover of Metallica’s Whiplash (vinyl only), TIH executes a series of head bangers stocked with mean double kick, the evilest of pinch-harmonics, and of course, life imploding solos. The album is beautifully produced and comes across as well polished and incredibly powerful. That said, the music is hilariously bad, and the only redeeming quality is its ability to become easily lost in the sea of mediocre metal that already exists.

The EP starts with the title track, The Enforcer. When I first heard this song I immediately began laughing out loud, I couldn’t believe this was coming from such a proud hardcore band.  But as the novelty wore off I sat there stunned, thinking to myself, they’re serious about this. TIH packs so many cliché’ guitar lines and formulaic song structures into The Enforcer (the song, as well as the album) that it is upsetting. I couldn’t believe my ears, but then I remembered, oh yeah, TIH isn’t good anymore, in fact, they haven’t been good for many years, what was I expecting?

Walking abominations is probably the worst song on the album; It kind of sounds like the boss battle music in Final Fantasy 7, but not nearly as cool (compare for yourself). Sure it has a ripping solo and a decent hook for a chorus, but jesus, it’s a long four minutes.

My favorite track, based solely off its comedic value, is “Flag of the Serpent”. I couldn’t stop listening to this song; I imagine it playing as I dive down to the depth of hell on the wings of a dragon on route to give the devil a high-five while eating a baconator. Perfect example of something beings so bad it’s good. Loved it.

Probably the best song on the album is Whiplash. It sounds like someone other than Reilly was doing vocals for the second half of the track which makes the song tolerable. But overall it’s just a mediocre take on a classic.

This album is a total waste of time and money. If you want to hear better version of these songs, go to your record store and pick up some old Metallica, Pantera, or Slayer. The only statement TIH makes with The Enforcer is that this band is becoming redundant, and that they’re struggling to keep their heads above water. Either TIH calls it quits soon, or they will continue making more terrible albums for years to come. I couldn’t care either way, although, it would be interesting to watch this band devolve even further.

1.5/5 Stars



This Is Hell stream upcoming 7-inch “The Enforcer”

Long Island hardcore act This Is Hell are streaming their upcoming 7-inch “The Enforcer” in full right here.

“The Enforcer” is due out via I Surrender Records on February 19th.

The 7″ is limited to 500 copies (300 red 200 clear), and is available for pre-order today in the I Surrender Records webstore. The remaining copies will be available at This Is Hell shows and in select record stores.

This Is Hell released their fourth studio album, Black Mass, in October 2011 on Rise Records.



This Is Hell announce new 7-inch “The Enforcer”, stream title track

Long Island hardcore act This Is Hell will release a new limited 7″ single titled “The Enforcer” on I Surrender Records on February 19th. The title track “The Enforcer” can be streamed here.

The 7″ is limited to 500 copies (300 red 200 clear), and is available for pre-order today in the I Surrender Records webstore. The remaining copies will be available at This Is Hell shows and in select record stores.

Guitarist Rick Jimenez on why these songs are different than previous This Is Hell releases:

“We continuously evolve as a band and THE ENFORCER is just another step in that evolution. These songs push the boundaries of what we’ve done before just as BLACK MASS did and WEIGHT OF THE WORLD before that. The riffing is on a level we haven’t been to yet, and this is just the beginning for us. Every record we do is different from the last. THE ENFORCER has different vocal approaches, different song writing structures, guitar techniques, etc than anything prior for This is Hell.”

This Is Hell released their fourth studio album, Black Mass, in October 2011 on Rise Records.



Letlive announce headlining tour with This Is Hell, Conditions

LA quartet Letlive has announced a headlining tour as a precursor to their stint on next year’s Warped tour. They will also be supporting Pierce The Veil on their upcoming tour. You can view the tour dates here.

This Is Hell, HRVRD, Conditions and Rescuer will all be appearing as support on the Letlive US tour.

Letlive released their Epitaph Records debut album “Fake History” April 12, 2011.



This Is Hell announce South East Asian tour dates for 2013

Long Island hardcore act This Is Hell have announced a short string of tour dates of the Southeastern regions of Asia for March 2013. Check out the flier with the dates right here.

This Is Hell released their fourth studio album, Black Mass, in October 2011 on Rise Records.



This is Hell to record new EP

Long Island hardcore act This is Hell have announced that they will begin recording their new album next month.

“Black Mass,” This Is Hell’s most recent studio album, came out last October on Rise Records.



This is Hell finish writing music for upcoming album

Long Island hardcore act This is Hell have finished writing their new album:

The music for album five is written, and then some. Lyrics up next and solidifying a label to release it. Start stretching your neck!

“Black Mass,” This Is Hell’s most recent studio album, came out last October on Rise Records.



This Is Hell begin writing next album

It’s been almost a year since This Is Hell released their last record, but according to a post on Twitter by guitarist Rick Jimenez, they have begun writing new material for a follow-up.

Rick tweeted:

“6 songs musically into the new @THISISHELL record… this one is going to be fucking bonkers”

Black Mass, This Is Hell’s most recent studio album, came out last October on Rise Records.



Music Video: This Is Hell – “Acid Rain”

Long Island hardcore act This is Hell have posted the music video for their song “Acid Rain.”

You can check it out here.

The song appears on their latest album, “Black Mass,” which was released last October via Rise Records.



This Is Hell and Xerxes announce US and Canada tour dates

Long Island hardcore act This is Hell and Louisville, Kentucky hardcore act Xerxes have announced a bunch of tour dates across the US and Canada starting mid June.

Check out the routing info here.



Stengel Fest (This Is Hell, Daytrader, Into It. Over It): 4/13-4/15 Smithtown, NY

Stengel Fest 2012 is happening this weekend (4/13-4/15) in Smithtown, NY. Bands playing the 3 day fest include Bad Rabbits, North Korea, This Is Hell, Daytrader, Into It Over It, Gabriel The Marine, nghbrs, Night Fevers, Kills and Thrills, Tomahawk Chop, Young English, Born Without Bones, From Indian Lakes, This Condition and many more.

The fest is happening at the Masonic Temple. in Smithtown, Long Island. Info and tickets available here.



Descendents, H2O, Cancer Bats, others added to UK’s Hevy Festival

UK’s Hevy Fest has added a bunch of great bands to the line-up. H2O, Decendents, Cancer Bats and This is Hell are among the acts that join Trapped Under Ice, A Wilhelm Scream, Sharks and Set Your Goals on the bill.

Check out the full roster (so far?) here. The festival takes place August 3-6 in Kent.



Music Video: This is Hell – “Demons”

Long Island hardcore act This is Hell have posted the music video for their song “Demons.”

You can check it out here.

The song appears on their latest album, “Black Mass,” which was released last October via Rise Records.