This or the Apocalypse

HAWK (formerly This or The Apocalypse) is an American metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania that originally formed in 2005.

OriginLancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresMetalcore, progressive metal[1]
Years active2005–present
LabelsLifeforce, eOne, Good Fight Entertainment
Associated actsBells, Ice Nine Kills
MembersRick Armellino

Jack Esbenshade

Adam Reed

Bernard Stabley
Past membersGrant McFarland
Sean Hennessey
Toby Pool
Aaron Ovecka
Matthew Marcellus
Zack Jones
Kristian Rose


Monuments (2005–2009)

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)

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 (2011–2018)

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]

Name change to HAWK and upcoming album (2018-present)

In 2018 the band was renamed to HAWK and on March 22, 2019 released a new song titled "Mileage", the band has gone on to say that they have a 20 track album ready to be released however are waiting to sign with a label before they release it.

Musical style and influences

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]

Influences are cited as Meshuggah, Pantera, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Black Flag, Anthrax, Tool, Deftones, Korn, Slipknot, Cannibal Corpse, Death, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, At The Gates, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Dream Theater.



Studio albums

as This or The Apocalypse:

as HAWK:

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


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

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