This Is Hell release new song Salt the Earth

Long Island’s hardcore metal stalwart, This Is Hell, has teamed up with RevolverMag.com to premiere a brand new track, “Salt the Earth,” from the band’s forthcoming full-length, Black Mass. The song is just the second to be revealed from the October 11th release, which will hit stores courtesy of Rise Records. As guitarist, Rick Jimenez, explained via an exclusive interview with RevolverMag.com, “Salt the Earth” is a track about settling grudges. “People talk and talk; such is life, but sometimes people just can’t let things go,” said Jimenez. “I decided the greatest revenge, at this moment in time, was writing a song about destroying the enemy; first mentally and then physically.”

Revolver: What’s this song about?
Rick Jimenez: Grudges…settling grudges. People talk and talk; such is life, but sometimes people just can’t let things go. It’s even worse when a grudge stems from jealousy and lies. After some bullshit keeps getting brought up by people I’ve long since forgotten, my initial reactions is to become more extreme. I decided the greatest revenge, at this moment in time, was writing a song about destroying the enemy; first mentally and then physically.

Revolver: Which part of it did you come up with first?
Rick Jimenez: The music always comes first for me. It began with a riff and just took shape from there. The song has a strong Slayer vibe, who is definitely one of my biggest influences, but it wasn’t something I intentionally went for. I’m too caught up in what I’m doing to pay attention to “I want this to sound like this band“… once I’m done with a song, it’s easy for me to listen back and say “Yeah, this is straight up Slayer style.” You can’t trust someone that doesn’t like Slayer.

Revolver: Was this an easy song to write?
Rick Jimenez: Writing the music for this song was pretty seamless. I worked on the verse for a while, left it, then came back to it and banged out the rest. Lyrically, the song was a few hours of sitting down and hammering out some ideas and focusing them. That’s how all the lyrics for this record were done. Recording this song was easier than anticipated. The intro riff—and when it repeats later in the song—was intimidating but it was one of those freak things where I just nailed it each time I tracked it, fortunately.

Revolver: What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
Rick Jimenez: The reaction to this song has been fucking radical. Usually when we play new songs people stand around and half take it in, half bitch that we’re not playing something from six years ago. This time around kids are getting psyched, moshing, banging their heads, and really feeling it.

The track list for Black Mass is…
1. Acid Rain
2. Black History
3. Salt the Earth
4. Black Mass
5. The Wars: Part I
6. Mi Nombre
7. The Last Outlaw
8. Demons
9. The Reckoning
10. The Wars: Part II

Black Mass, the follow-up to the 2010 release, Weight of the World, and the band’s fourth studio album overall, was recorded earlier this summer at Killingsworth Studio in Valley Village, CA with producer, Tomas Costanza. Artwork comes courtesy of Will Blood.

2011 tour with Underoath, Comeback Kid and The Chariot…
Sept. 15 – Fayetteville, AR – Rogue
Sept. 17 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
Sept. 19 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Sept. 20 – San Diego, CA – Epicenter
Sept. 21 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
Sept. 22 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
Sept. 23 – Santa Clara, CA – The Avalon
Sept. 24 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Sept. 25 – Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theater *
Sept. 26 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
Sept. 27 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Venue
Sept. 30 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Avenue Theatre
Oct. 01 – Calgary, AB, Canada – The Gateway
Oct. 02 – Regina, SK, Canada – Riddell Centre
Oct. 03 – Winnipeg, MD, Canada – The Garrick Centre
Oct. 04 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
Oct. 05 – Joliet, IL – Mohjoes *
Oct. 06 – Covington, KY – Radiodown
Oct. 07 – London, ON, Canada – London Music Hall
Oct. 08 – Montreal, QC, Canada – La Tulipe
Oct. 10 – Quebec City, QC, Canada – Theatre Imperial
Oct. 11 – Manchester, NH – Rocko’s
Oct. 12 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Oct. 13 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Oct. 14 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Oct. 15 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Oct. 16 – Vineland, NJ – Hangar 84 *
Oct. 17 – Huntington, WV – The Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Oct. 18 – Chattanooga, TN – The Warehouse
Oct. 19 – Jacksonville, FL – Free Bird Live
Oct. 20 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
Oct. 21 – Douglassville, GA – The Seven Venue *
Oct. 23 – Evansville, IN – Boney Jones *

*off-date with Comeback Kid

     

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