This Is Hell – Misfortunes


Artist

Album

Misfortunes

Label

Trustkill/Shock

Year

2008

Genre

For Fans Of

Cancer Bats – The Hope Conspiracy – Comeback Kid

Summary

Get ready for the big time…

Rating

87 / 100

Since their inception in 2004, This Is Hell have earned themselves a reputation as one of the hardest
working bands on the touring circuit. Their commitment to the road and
their energetic live performances has enabled them to tour with everyone
from Bane to our own Parkway Drive… experiences which
have no doubt had a large impact on Misfortunes

While the band’s style isn’t
too far removed from their last full length (2006’s Sundowning),
the improvements in the song writing department coupled with the more
melodic guitar work has made This Is Hell’s sound as memorable as it is aggressive. 

Opening number “Reckless”
is as fast and to the point as anything you’ve heard from This
Is Hell
previously, the difference being the more noticeable shift
in song dynamics. For example, the stripped back mid section makes Travis Reilly’s passionate vocal delivery seem that much more
powerful when he’s not competing with his band for the listener’s
attention. 

If you’d picked up This Is
Hell’s
most recent seven inch (Cripplers) then you’d
already be familiar with “Infected”. The song packs a mighty punch
but is still one the catchiest offerings on Misfortunes, something
which I attribute to the impressive guitar work and the stop/start drum
patterns.  

Although the opening riff of “Disciples”
sounds a little too familiar to Comeback Kid’s “Wake The
Dead” it’s still an amazing song, one that combines the intensity
of This Is Hell’s earlier sound with their appreciation of
melody, both vocally and musically. “In Shambles” sees the band
taking a more straight forward approach to their craft, which isn’t
to say it’s a bad song, it’s just not as progressive as the first
few tracks. The slow and almost somber overtones of “Realization:
Remorse” give the listener a breather before This Is Hell hit
you with the machine gun riffing of “Without Closure”, one of the
album’s strongest songs, while the mid pace “Remnants” is no slouch
in the song writing department either.  

Keeping up the pace is “Resuscitate”,
which is one the heaviest tunes on Misfortunes… a sure fire
crowd pleaser if I’ve ever heard one, while the bouncy grooves of
“Fearless Vampires” will have you singing along within a couple
of listens (cool name as well). “You Are The Antithesis” is a hard
and fast number which doesn’t relent until “End Of An Era” takes
over with its highly infectious riffing… fans of Miles Away will love this song! Bringing the record to a close is the epic “Last
Days Campaign”, another tune which chooses layered guitars and sparse
arrangements over the short, fast and loud approach. A great way to
end a great record!

Conclusion

With another 9 months left in
the year I don’t want to seem like I’m getting ahead of myself,
but I’m confident that Misfortunes is going to make it’s
way into a lot of people’s Top 10 lists for 2008.

Tracklisting

  1. Reckless
  2. Infected
  3. Disciples
  4. In Shambles
  5. Realization: Remorse
  6. Without Closure
  7. Remnants
  8. Resuscitate
  9. Fearless Vampires
  10. You Are

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