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Thy Art Is Murder - Hate

Thy Art Is Murder
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 08 April 2013, 3:41 PM

Setting out to break the boundaries, smash the limitations that bind the intelligence and the will and might to be creative. However, just to set this straight, is this the face of innovation? Is this how a breakthrough looks like? I have to admit that after listening more than enough, believe me that it wasn't once, to the second album of the Australian sodomizers, loyal to the sort of technical Core nation, THY ART IS MURDER with "Hate", isn't the picture of ingenuity that I imagined beforehand. Nonetheless, in comparison to the rain of Deathcore bands, THY ART IS MURDER is rather compelling, skull breaking if you care to be a bit loosen, a simple standout. Think of a rougher version of JOB FOR A COWBOY, in the same line as SUICIDE SILENCE and CARNIFEX. After inner contemplating about it, maybe their standout effort was the reason they were signed to Nuclear Blast Records, aside from the wish to be spread in Europe and the US. However, I would get too far with that.

More or less like any Deathcore album, "Hate" is a form of bestiality, an inflictor of pain, travelling fast to the nerves and back, leeching and feasting upon the membranes. It might sound a bit harsh, but I believe that you will feel it. Yet to be honest, this isn't a true form of extreme Metal. THY ART IS MURDER has a few Death Metal elements synced well into their Hardcoric reality, but the main hustle behind their core activity has been an upgraded version of the modern Metal approach and energies. Though I am a rhythm guitar fan, THY ART IS MURDER, not so different from others, has quite a drummer in its arsenal. Lee Stanton is oiled machine, tight as hell, very accurate, bashing the skins like crazy when needed but can also be basic and sound amazing. As for my favorite instrument, I didn't find any special distinctions. The guitar rhythms were performed with elegance and skill, but highly common for this type of Metal. Furthermore, I didn’t find anything that nominal or assorted within the riffing. The larger part of those was the usual staccato onslaughts mischiefs in various tempos. Probably the methodological procedures were rooted in the rhythm sections, mostly drumming, and several examples of the bass work, in the first place. Talk about wrongful tagging. On the other hand, there were a few profound displays of soloing, not very common for this fusion between Metal and Hardcore, pretty well developed and inserted just in the nick of time on each song those were in. I wouldn't like to get into the vocal section any further, as in time those became too monotonic to handle though the placements of a few vocal channels.

The band's opening statement, "Reign Of Darkness", is also their greatest success. This is a rather punchy track, swinging in mid tempo, bashing with fine riffing, itching with creative soloing, clear cut sound sharp as a lion's teeth but with depth, capable vocals, and an enough brutality to make everyone happy. This is THY ART IS MURDER for me, and I hope that they will take this track under consideration regarding their future inputs. "Immolation" seemed a little closer to Death Metal in overall attitude but just like the rest of them turned into something that I have already listened to before. It looks like it is hard for bands of the same to escape this direction of rhythm, and riffing written accordingly, or maybe they enjoy it so much that it became their soul food. Generally, I suggest listening to this release. Some might pander the heaviness, as there is here in plenty, but there is nothing that special further on, at least in my bill. THY ART IS MURDER have the talent to pursue great things, let see how it goes.

3 Star Rating

1. Reign Of Darkness
2. The Purest Strain of Hate
3. Vile Creations
4. Shadow of Eternal Sin
5. Immolation
6. Infinite Forms
7. Dead Sun
8. Gates of Misery
9. Defective Breed
10. Doomed from Birth
Lee Stanton – Drums
Andy Marsh - Guitars
Sean Delander - Bass
Chris Mcmahon - Vocals
Tom Brown - Guitars
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records


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