This Is Hell Biography
Last updated: 04/03/2008
This is Hell are not going down in history for standing still. Formed on Long Island, New York in June of 2004, This is Hell made an immediate impact on the hardcore scene, and have since shown no signs of slowing down.
Travis Reilly (vocals), Rick Jimenez (guitar), Chris Reynolds (guitar), Dan Bourke (drums) and Johnny Moore (bass) all cut their teeth in their local scene, but have now become road veterans with an unquenched desire to pummel stages around the world and live the lives they've worked and built for themselves. After selling out of over 1000 self-released four song demos on early tours with Most Precious Blood, Crime In Stereo, Modern Life Is War and Terror, Run For Cover Records caught wind of the band and re-released the demo. An intense touring schedule created a massive buzz, and resulted in all pressings of the demo selling out. This is Hell were quickly becoming known as a force to be reckoned with across the globe, aided by strong support from Australian alternative radio and a month long european tour. Punknews.org praised their demo as "A dark, raucous six minutes of introvert-based hardcore"
This is Hell released their long awaited debut EP on State of Mind recordings, and caught the eye of Trustkill Records in late 2005. Josh Grabelle, president of Trustkill, was blown away when he first saw them live. "Originally, I liked their work ethic, they were out there working really hard, doing things that a lot bands wouldn't do without a bigger record deal, for example touring Europe and putting an EP out.
When I went to see them, I got the amazing feeling that I used to get watching hardcore bands a really long time ago, something I haven't felt in years. Travis' stage presence was amazing, and I knew they had something. I approached them pretty much out of the blue and signed them." This is Hell released their Trustkill debut, Sundowning, in May of 2006, and the buzz volume doubled. The album has received much critical acclaim in the U.S, including a profile in national punk tastemaker Alternative Press, and recent features in Kerrang, Wonkavison, and Metal Hammer. Rock Sound Magazine said of the album, "Caustic yet eloquent in their cathartic delivery, This Is Hell are a molten mix of hardcore influences that have erupted with force."
Extremely popular music webzine Pastepunk.com praised the band, saying "At the core of THIS IS HELL's sound is a chewy nugget of talent and insanely tight songwriting. For a band that plays as fast and hard-hitting as they do, just as impressive is how stunningly precise every note seems to sound without ever getting the feeling that the music is rigid and lacking in emotion"
The band has been on tour all year in support of Sundowning with such heavy hitters as Bane, Glassjaw, Strike Anywhere, Bayside, and Comeback Kid.
The band was recently in the UK playing arenas with Lost Prophets as well as a string of headline dates, and shows with Hatebreed, Unearth and Alexisonfire. This is Hell has also just released their first video, for the song The Polygraph Cheaters. The video was directed by acclaimed director Doug Spangenberg known for his work on the gold selling Lamb Of God DVD/Documentary Killadelphia and Skate and Surf DVD's. This is Hell have big plans for the new year, starting with a short tour alongside Poison the Well in February, A split seven inch with Toronto's Cancer Bats, and some more touring.
So keep your eyes peeled, they will surely dominate 2008.