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Album Review

"The thinking man's mosh" is what This or the Apocalypse likes to call their brand of highly technical hardcore-prog-metal. And after hearing their 2008 release, Monuments, you're sure to agree with this musical description. Equally influenced by Underoath and Iron Maiden, this Lancaster, PA-based quintet lay it on heavy throughout (save for one brief "time out," "Momento Mori"). And unlike many other chops-heavy bands, the lads never forget the importance of the groove — just check out the nifty breakdown section in the terrifying title track. But lets face it — it's their impressive chops that will really make your jaw hit the floor (especially considering how young the band is), especially on such ditties as the album opening "No Horizons" and "Two Wars."


Genre: Rock

Years Active:

Ever since their beginnings in early 2006, Lancaster, PA's This or the Apocalypse have set themselves apart from prevailing metalcore trends, thanks to an uncommonly advanced instrumental technique and a willingness to experiment with other metallic subgenres (thrash, death, groove, math metal, etc.), thereby breathing a little life into an otherwise increasingly moribund scene. Comprised of vocalist Ricky Armellino, guitarists Rodney Fields and Jack Esbanshade, bassist Sean Hennessey, and drummer...
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Monuments, This Or The Apocalypse
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 24 October 2008

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