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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."

Customer Reviews


Ok so i saw these guys with august burns red, sky eats airplane, a skylit drive, and greeley estates. These guys (besides abr) were my favorite! They were insanely good. The breakdowns they have are so much different than every other cookie cutter metalcore band out there. Listen to Monuments and you'll see why. I am totally convinced these guys will be huge (due to their friendship with abr) but also because they are so good live. They give the best live show, they just have so much energy, and their cool dudes also. I talked to all of em after the show and they were some pretty swell dudes if you ask me. Thats all I've to say. Just listen to these guys, go to their shows, and support them. Peace out.

interesting enough for me

Rather than come off as your basic tuff guy band, This Or The Apocalypse have taken the high road calling themselves, "the thinking man's mosh." All feminist rants aside, I can see/hear it. The instrumentation builds on intricate and complex sound structures laying a stout foundation for earth mover vocals. Rather than fall back on dime-a-dozen breakdowns the band delves into some interesting twisty turn riffs and sprints up the fret boards. The whole package is just different enough to make it stand out without making it weird or experimental. This album should appeal to a wide array of metal and hardcore fans.

Oh yesss!!!

Just saw this band open up for August Burns Red!!! They ROCKED@!!!!! If you like ABR-style get this album!


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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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Sep 16, 2008

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