This is Hell impressed mightily in 2011 with their thrashy LP Black Mass, and as they prepare for another year of shredding goodness, they have announced a new EP entitled The Enforcer. In the mayhem apparent in the title track, it is easy to hear that these guys have literally zero plans to stop channeling their inner metalhead while remaining (somewhat) true to the name of hardcore.
“The Enforcer” clocks in at just shy of 150 seconds – two and a half minutes – bubbling with a slightly sinister guitar riff and punishing drums before unveiling a steady chorus ripe with headbanging goodness. The vocals of Travis Reilly are a little flat at times here, but they do bring the usual energy and the perfect amount of rasp to match the crunchy goodness of the guitars. As far as the song goes though, the flow from pushing to restrained crests nicely near the halfway point as a slower tempo gives way to a well-pulsed riff backed by a punching rhythm section. While not the strongest track they’ve done, I’m more than comfortable saying that it gets me excited to see what else we will hear on this EP.
“The Enforcer” shows a few different ideas while tapping energizing melodies and some truly standout moments that give a hefty amount of promise that This is Hell can and will capitalize on the successes of Black Mass. With two more tracks and a Metallica cover (“Whiplash”) on this 7″ release, it’s sure to say that if you’re a hardcore fan who likes to headbang more than mosh, The Enforcer is something you’re going to want to get your hands on.