Exclusive: This Is Hell Premiere New Track “Salt the Earth”
New York hardcore act This Is Hell are coming out with a new album, Black Mass (Rise), on October 11. You can get a preview right now, though, by taking a listen to new track “Salt the Earth.” We also got the lowdown on the song from guitarist Rick Jimenez. Let us know what you think in the comments.
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.
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.
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.