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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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.
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.
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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!”