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This Is Hell Release “The Enforcer” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 4, 2013

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This Is Hell have released a new music video for “The Enforcer.” Watch the video via AltPress here or below after the jump. 

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POZ Review: This Is Hell - The Enforcer

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 7, 2013

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*This review was composed by Brandon Allin and edited by Erik van Rheenen

In the game of hockey, nearly every squad is equipped with an enforcer. These hulking, heavy-hitters are assigned the task of energizing their club nightly, oftentimes bringing multitudes of loyal fans to their feet, arms flailing in excitement. Blood, sweat, and even tears are poured endlessly into their craft, in hopes of simply making every match worth the price of admission.

Long Island, New York-based hardcore outfit This Is Hell has adopted this same mentality. Since 2004, the raucous quintet, consisting of vocalist Travis Reilly, guitarists Rick Jimenez and Christian Beale, bassist Pieter Vandenberg, and drummer Mike Sciulara, have diligently steamrolled everything in their path, launching an endless sonic assault on hardcore enthusiasts worldwide. Not surprisingly, their new release, a four-track EP aptly titled The Enforcer, is no exception to the rule.

The Enforcer finds the four-piece further elevating their sound, a sturdy mix of 80s thrash metal and blistering hardcore, ironed out on 2010’s Weight of the World and 2011’s Black Mass. “Flag of the Serpent,” a brief instrumental number, opens the release, complete with a mouth-watering guitar solo from lead guitarist Rick Jimenez. The title track, “The Enforcer,” and its successor, “Walking Abominations,” follow suit wonderfully, delivering one wallop to the throat after another. Frontman Travis Reilly’s trademark gruffness is, of course, on display throughout, as is the band’s relentless energy.

Closing out the four-track EP is a reimagining of Metallica’s “Whiplash,” a cut from the band’s 1983 release Kill ‘Em All. While not particularly inventive, it’s faster and more aggressive than its source material, and serves as a homage to an obvious influence of Reilly and company. 

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POZ Track-By-Track: This Is Hell - The Enforcer

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 20, 2013

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We streamed This Is Hell's The Enforcer, and the record is now officially out via I Surrender Records and Holy Roar Records. We’re teaming up with the band to do a Track-By-Track for the 7” on PropertyOfZack as well, so check out the meaning behind the songs below by clicking “Read More!”

Flag Of The Serpent
This song was written on a whim after the conceptual artwork for the record had begun. There are no lyrics but it was meant to encompass the mood of the art with Sam Hell carrying the flag with the TIH serpent amidst his trail of destruction.

The Enforcer
I actually wrote the lyrics for this song after writing five other songs that are more socially based and relevant, so I decided to go a bit less heavy, content-wise, and based these lyrics on the Image Comics/Erik Larsen character Savage Dragon. I feel like revealing that will be rad to people that are fans of the character but may be a bit of a “really, you wrote a song about a comic book character?!” to others. Fuck them, though… Anthrax did it with Judge Dredd and “I Am The Law” and Savage Dragon would tear that fucking cop apart… while also being a cop.

Walking Abominations
American Healthcare is a fucking sick joke. Hospitals, medicine, pharmaceuticals etc… its all big business, heartless and inhumane. The way this country treats sickness is absurd. Its all about making money with treatments and prolonging life in states of degradation as opposed to releasing cures and seeking final remedy. Above all that, the way the system is set up is to completely degrade anyone not in the position to spend the money they need to treat what ails them. 

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Albums Out In Stores Today

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 19, 2013

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It’s February 19th, which means it’s release day. Let us know what new releases you’re listening to today and click “Read More” below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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POZ Stream: This Is Hell - The Enforcer

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 18, 2013

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This Is Hell will be releasing The Enforcer tomorrow via I Surrender Records and Holy Roar Records, and PropertyOfZack is stoked to be streaming the record a day early. Make sure to pre-order the record here or here, check out the bands tour dates with Every Time I Die here, and stream the 7” below by clicking “Read More!” 

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2013

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February 19th is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. Click “Read More” below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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Every Time I Die, This Is Hell, Terror Tour With Hatebreed

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 12, 2013

Every Time I Die, This Is Hell, and Terror will be touring with Hatebreed this April. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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This Is Hell Sidewave Shows With Anthrax

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 17, 2013

This Is Hell will be playing several Sidewave shows with Anthrax next month. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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This Is Hell EP Artwork, Track Listing

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 14, 2013

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This Is Hell will be releasing a new 7” called The Enforcer via I Surrender Records on February 19th. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below by clicking “Read More.”

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This Is Hell Announce New EP; Stream New Song

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 14, 2013

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This Is Hell will be releasing a new 7” called The Enforcer via I Surrender Records on February 19th. Stream a new song called “The Enforcer” below by clicking “Read More.”

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letlive. Winter Tour With HRVRD, This Is Hell, Conditions, Rescuer

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 12, 2012

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letlive. have announced a winter headlining tour with HRVRD, ConditionsRescuer, and This Is Hell. Check out the first leg below by clicking “Read More.”

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This Is Hell 2013 US Dates

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 10, 2012

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This Is Hell have announced a run of dates in January. Check them out below by clicking “Read More.”

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This Is Hell South East Asia Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 6, 2012

This Is Hell have announced a South East Asia tour in March. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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This Is Hell Six Songs Into Writing New Record

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 23, 2012

This Is Hell are six songs into the writing for the next record. Check out an update from the band below by clicking “Read More.”

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