This is Hell
10 November 2008
The Mad Hatter
There is something very cathartic about hardcore shows. There is something even more cathartic about hardcore shows where you can tell that not only the audience is into it, but the band as well. Long Island, New York’s This is Hell are no exception. Known for their explosive live shows, they get better with each tour. This tour was no exception. It should be mentioned, though, that this was not their tour. Faced with two off days, they were added to a bill of hardcore’s brightest and hardest working bands including Have Heart, Blacklisted, Ceremony, and Convicted.
Undeterred with an early slot, third of eight total bands, Travis lead his motley crew through an impressive set comprising of songs from each of their previous releases. Not having been to the area in over two years most certainly worked to their advantage as the crowd was eager to participate in what would become one of the more spirited sing a longs of the evening. Travis, no longer creating an invisible barrier between himself and the audience, constantly engaged the audience. He spoke to the front rows of kids as they were having a conversation in a coffee shop. He sang with them. He grabbed them by the collar, literally, and made them become a part of the show. Afterall, it’s not a This is Hell set unless there is group participation.
They are at the beginning of this tour, so if it comes around you, do yourself a favour. Put on your dancing shoes, and go. This is a high energy show that is not to be missed.