This or the Apocalypse

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This or the Apocalypse
Origin Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Metalcore, progressive metalcore[1]
Years active 2005–present
Labels Lifeforce, eOne, Good Fight Entertainment
Members Rick Armellino
Jack Esbenshade
Cody Cavanaugh
Aaron Maloney
Rodney Phillips
Past members Grant McFarland
Sean Hennessey
Toby Pool
Aaron Ovecka
Matthew Marcellus
Zack Jones

This or the Apocalypse is an American metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania which formed in 2005.


Monuments (2005–2009)[edit]

In 2008 the band signed to European metal label Lifeforce Records,[2] and released the album Monuments later that year. The band went on several tours throughout 2008 and 2009 with acts such as Kingston Falls, For Today,[3] August Burns Red, A Skylit Drive, Sky Eats Airplane, and Greeley Estates[4] across North America and Canada to promote Monuments.

Haunt What's Left (2009–2011)[edit]

The band was featured on season 1 episode 4 of the MTV show Silent Library, which aired January 2010 with members Rick, Rodney, Jack, Sean and Grant.[5] On June 22, 2010 This or the Apocalypse announced their second studio album Haunt Whats's Left which was released on Good Fight/Road Runner Records.[6] The album was recorded by Josh Wilbur and produced by Chris Adler of Lamb of God at Spin Studios in New York.[7] Following the release of the album bassist Sean and drummer Grant both left the band for other projects. Sean left to focus on his band Bells with former August Burns Red vocalist Jon Hershey. Grant embarked on a career in music production and mastering, and joined the band Century which also features This or the Apocalypse vocalist Ricky on bass. This or the Apocalypse toured throughout 2010 to support Haunt What's Left with bands such as Impending Doom, and MyChildren MyBride, and headlined a tour with Affiance, Last Chance to Reason and Deception of a Ghost.[8]

Dead Years (2011–present)[edit]

In June 2012, the band signed with eOne and released Dead Years[9] on September 25, 2012. In 2013, the band released a new single titled "Damaged Good".[10]

Musical style[edit]

This or the Apocalypse fall into the metalcore genre. Their music is characterized primarily by a heavy emphasis on melody and technical ability. The band's music features frequent use of technical or odd time signatures, complex polyrhythms, and some songs have been described as having a prog-rock structure.[11]



Studio albums
Extended Plays
  • Drunken Billionaire Burns Down Home (Self-released, 2006)


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  2. ^ "THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE Signs With LIFEFORCE RECORDS". March 21, 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ "For Today, Kingston Falls, etc. tour". Lambgoat. April 7, 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  4. ^ jason (2008-09-29). "August Burns Red Selling Out Venues On Their Fall Headline Tour". The Gauntlet. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  5. ^ MTV Viacom International Inc. (2010-01-10). "Silent Library|Season 1|Ep 4". Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  6. ^ "THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE: New Album Title, Release Date Announced". 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  7. ^ Shannon Joy (2010-02-24). "Chris Adler steps behind the board for THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  8. ^ Doug Van Pelt (2011-07-01). "Impending Doom and Mychildren Mybride touring with This or the Apocalypse". HM Magazine. 
  9. ^ "THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE Signs With EONE MUSIC". 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  10. ^ "THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE Signs With EONE MUSIC". 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  11. ^ Ryan Cleary (2008-10-05). "This or the Apocalypse Monuments". Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  12. ^ Monuments "Monuments - This or the Apocalypse" Check |url= value (help). 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  13. ^ "Haunt What's Left - This or the Apocalypse". 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  14. ^ "Dead Years - This or the Apocalypse". 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 

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